Recent studies have found that Pfizer’s blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor (generic: atorvastatin) may have the potential to cause type 2 diabetes. First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996, Lipitor is one of the best-selling prescription medications in the world, with annual sales surpassing $13 billion. Lipitor diabetes lawsuits are now being filed nationwide, alleging that Pfizer failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the potential serious side effects of Lipitor.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed type 2 diabetes after taking Lipitor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
How Can Lipitor Cause Diabetes?
Over the past several years, Lipitor has been repeatedly linked to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts found that women taking Lipitor have a nearly 50% higher risk of developing diabetes than women who did not take the drug. Risk factors for developing diabetes from Lipitor are increased in women who are obese, have high blood sugar, or a family history of diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way a person metabolizes sugar (glucose), the human body’s main fuel source. In people who have type 2 diabetes, their body either resists the effects of insulin (a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into the cells), or doesn’t manufacture a sufficient amount of insulin to maintain normal glucose levels. If left untreated over a prolonged period of time, type 2 diabetes can be deadly. Once found to be more common in adults, type 2 diabetes has been increasingly affecting children as the childhood obesity epidemic increases in the United States. Lipitor diabetes symptoms may include:
- Increased thirst and frequent urination
- Increased hunger
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing sores or frequent infections
- Areas of darkened skin
At Schmidt & Clark, LLP, we believe that Pfizer failed to warn the public and medical communities about the serious health risks involved with using Lipitor, putting thousands of patients at risk of developing diabetes and other severe side effects. Pfizer should be held accountable for their actions, and so we are filing Lipitor diabetes lawsuits on behalf of individuals who developed diabetes while taking the drug.
Do I Have a Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Lipitor lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Lipitor diabetes lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after taking Lipitor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.