The whole reason to take Lipitor is to enjoy a long and healthy future, which is why so many were shocked in 2012 when the FDA announced that the Lipitor is one of the cholesterol-reducing statins which can trigger both high blood sugar levels and Type 2 diabetes. It was only at this point that Pfizer became required to increase the severity of the warning labels attached to bottles of Lipitor, labels that did nothing to help the millions of people who had already been taking the medication as a means of controlling their cholesterol levels.
Now courts all over the United States are being inundated with Lipitor lawsuits. Following the FDA’s 2012 announcement about statin drugs, a group approached the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and requested that Lipitor lawsuits be passed on to the District of South Carolina where they would be consolidated. A little less than a year later, Pfizer, Lipitor’s manufacture, objected to the entire lawsuit transfer process. The sheer volume of lawsuits prompted the federal government to create the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) which has the task of handling Lipitor lawsuits. At this point, the MDL is currently sorting out more than 300 separate cases while more cases get filed in state courts all over the country.
When patients took prescription Lipitor it’s because they wanted a bright and healthy future, they didn’t expect that the very medication that lowered their blood pressure and decreased the odds of them developing heart disease was at the same time creating Type 2 diabetes, a disease that creates serious and difficult to treat health problems. Had the individuals who took Lipitor prior to 2012 known what we know now, they could have taken precautions, including carefully monitoring their blood glucose to determine if they were at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Many believe that Pfizer was negligent in not making sure the public was properly informed, which is why so many Lipitor lawsuits have been filed in recent years. More often than not, the plaintiff in these cases have been awarded a substantial settlement to help with punitive damages.
Type 2 diabetes represents a serious health risk and can seriously lower an individual’s quality of life. Not only will the individual have to carefully monitor their blood glucose levels for the rest of their life, but it’s also likely that they will experience slower healing times and be at a greater risk of infection. Many people find that they are more susceptible to various types of health problems after they’ve developed Type 2 Diabetes. Many individuals who have been diagnosed with this form of diabetes have been forced to make intense life style changes. You can learn more at rxinjuryhelp.
If you were prescribed Lipitor prior to 2012 and have developed Type 2 Diabetes that your doctor feels was statin induced, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney and arrange for a consultation. They will walk you through the steps you need to take in order to file a Lipitor lawsuit and receive a settlement that will help cover expenses such as loss wages and medical bills.