Attorneys across the country are evaluating claims that Lipitor causes Type II Diabetes in women. If you are interested in a Lipitor diabetes lawsuit, you should review the information below and use the form to determine if you are eligible.
What Is Lipitor and What Does It Do?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, cholesterol — a waxy substance that occurs in the fats in your blood — isn’t necessarily bad. In fact, your body needs it to make hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that assist in digestion.
But there is evidence that too much of a type of cholesterol called LDL, or low-density lipoproteins, can lead to the build-up of fatty deposits in blood vessels, obstructing the flow of blood and increasing your risk for stroke, heart disease or heart attacks. Lipitor, which is in a class of drugs known as statins, works by blocking a substance your body needs to make cholesterol, which of course has other side-effects.
What Is the Problem With Lipitor?
Studies have linked the use of Lipitor and other statins with a higher incidence of diabetes, particularly among women.
According to a report in Reuters, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worchester studied data on more than 150,000 women in their 50s, 60s and 70s. They found that the women who reported using any kind of statin, including Lipitor, at the start of the study were 48 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than those not taking the drugs. Another large statin study, known as JUPITER, found a 27 percent increase in the risk of diabetes even though it was stopped early. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also cited studies linking the use of statins, like Lipitor, to an increase in blood sugar levels, which is often a precursor to diabetes.
In February, 2012, the FDA required that all statins, including Lipitor, warn specifically about some of those health concerns, which include:
- Increases in blood sugar levels (a precursor to diabetes)
- Serious liver problems
- Memory loss and confusion
- A form of muscle injury called myopathy
Many doctors and patients are not aware of the risk of developing diabetes while on Lipitor because the risks were not widely publicized, even though millions of people are at risk. After their introduction in 1987, statins like Lipitor quickly became some of the best-selling medications in history, with sales in excess of $130 billion. According to Reuters, about 25 percent of American adults over the age of 45 now take them.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured By Lipitor?
Patients should consult their doctors before making any changes in their medication. If you were diagnosed with new-onset, Type II diabetes, while taking Lipitor, then you may be eligible for compensation through a Lipitor lawsuit. Fill out the form to the right to determine if you are eligible to join the litigation.
All initial consultations are free and all inquiries are kept confidential. You should act soon because every state has deadlines for bringing a lawsuit, and a free consultation can help make sure you meet those deadlines and determine if a Lipitor lawsuit is right for you.