Pharmaceutical companies are most likely in a state of panic at this time over pending lawsuits for dangerous medications and defective medical devices. A recent settlement made by Johnson and Johnson exceeded $2 billion in damages, and Stryker, the manufacturer of the defective hip replacement device is anticipating a settlement exceeding $1.2 billion for their defective product.
Dangerous medications have been very prominent in the news lately due to the increasing number of side effects that are developing from long term use. Other developments have arisen due to tainted research findings and fraud. One of the more recent cases to come into the spotlight is Lipitor.
Women and Lipitor Do Not Mix
Lipitor is a prescription medication used to treat high cholesterol. Approved in 1996 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this drug has exceeded $13 billion in annual sales for the last decade. Classed as a statin, Lipitor works in the liver and reduces the amount of LDL’s in the blood stream that can lead to blocking of the arteries.
Recently, a study conducted at the University of Massachusetts, discovered that women have a 48 percent increased risk in developing Type II diabetes when using this medication. This study was confirmed by several other studies, including one by the FDA, which shows that women 45 years old or higher are developing Type II diabetes when using this drug, even if they do not have any other indicator that would lead to the development of this disease.
In February 2012, the FDA required all manufacturers of statin drugs, including Lipitor, to place a warning within their informational packet that the medication can caused elevated sugar levels in the blood and lead to Type II diabetes. The information packet at that time was also required to include a warning that statins can lead to memory loss.
It is the belief of many attorneys that Pfizer, the maker of Lipitor had foreknowledge of this side effect on women and purposefully withheld the information so that they could make a profit from their product. Many women have been irreversibly injured by this action, and several individual lawsuits have been filed. Currently, there is also a class action lawsuit against the makers of Lipitor for the same reason.
If you are a woman who has been taking Lipitor to lower cholesterol and have developed Type II diabetes, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. The class action lawsuit requires anyone who is entering the suit have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or under to qualify. However, this does not prevent individuals with a higher BMI to file an individual case against the pharmaceutical giant.
Doyle Raizner, Lipitor lawsuit attorney can review cases and provide clients with information concerning their rights as a victim of this negligent action by Pfizer.
If you are a woman and currently taking this medication, you are encouraged to speak to your doctor about the risk associated with this medicine. Do not discontinue this medication without first consulting your physician.
Jennifer Alston being a woman herself, is concerned with the new drugs that are being released without proper FDA approval. Deciding to research the long-term effects this drug has on women, she searched Doyle Raizner, Lipitor lawsuit attorney to find what a womans’ legal rights are.