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Are You A Lipitor User Who Has Developed Diabetes?

If you answered yes to the above question, then you owe it to yourself to call the defective drug lawyers of the Stampfle Law Firm.  Recent studies continue to reinforce the idea that Lipitor users are more susceptible to the development of diabetes.  If you believe your condition is attributable to your consumption of Lipitor, then contact our firm for a free consultation.  The Stampfle Law Firm may be able to help you file a lawsuit against the makers of the drug.

What Is Lipitor?

Lipitor is a statin, a class of drug typically provided to patients hoping to reduce their cholesterol and thus stave off heart disease.  Statins work by way of prohibiting a certain enzyme from producing cholesterol.  Lipitor (which also goes by the generic name atorvastatin) and other statins like Zocor, Crestor, and additional products, are some of the most popular drugs in the world.  As of last February, Lipitor was actually the highest selling prescription ever.  Sales around the world added up to $130 billion.

Side Effects

The Food and Drug Administration has altered Lipitor and similar statins’ labels a few times to reflect certain dangers that studies have illuminated.  Some of those side effects include:

  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Myopathy (a muscular disease contributing to muscle weakness)
  • Adverse interactions with other drugs
  • High blood sugar

 

But there’s one side effect that has drawn the brunt of media attention in recent years due to myriad studies that have detailed the risks, and that is the possible development of diabetes in women.

The Diabetes Link Explored

In March 2011, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology featured a study that drew a comparison between low doses of a statin, high dosages of a statin, and placebos in three separate trials.  When compared with placebos, persons who were given atorvastatin were shown to experience type 2 diabetes at a rate of 9%, higher than the 6% who took a placebo.  Researchers then factored in weight, age, and other descriptors to determine that atoravastatin users suffering from two of four risk factors were 37% more likely to get diabetes than if they were given a placebo.  If all four risk factors were present, just shy of half of atoravastatin users saw the onset of diabetes, while only 20% on placebo developed the same.

Those four risk factors that could make a person more susceptible are:

  • Heightened blood pressure
  • Heightened blood sugar
  • Excessive weight
  • Increased triglycerides

 

A more recent study out of Canada was featured this past May in a journal called BMJ.  That research looked at 500,000 Ontario citizens and compared the risk of the development of type 2 diabetes between Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor when compared with Pravachol, a statin that is thought not to carry as great of a risk.  Indeed, the comparison with Pravachol revealed that Lipitor users were 22% more likely to develop diabetes, a higher rate than Crestor (18%) and Zocor (10%).

You Have Rights As A Lipitor User

Given the increased risk of diabetes as shown by these studies, women who have taken Lipitor and developed diabetes may qualify to file a lawsuit against Pfizer, the maker of the drug.  If you would like more information, contact the Stampfle Law Firm.  Our Lipitor lawyers are currently accepting clients who have developed diabetes after using the drug, and we encourage you to give us a call for a free consultation.  Our attorneys can better outline the situation and explain what to expect moving forward.

Don’t wait another second to obtain legal representation.  Call the Stampfle Law Firm to get started on your Lipitor lawsuit today.

Sources:

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/05/24/could-statins-raise-diabetes-risk

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/28/statin-warnings-memory-loss-diabetes-lipitor-crestor-zocor_n_1307232.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/29/lipitor-tied-to-diabetes_n_842064.html

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/Safety-RelatedDrugLabelingChanges/ucm133531.htm

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