According to recent medical studies, Lipitor has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes in women who take the popular medication to lower their cholesterol.
If you or a loved has been diagnosed with diabetes while taking the drug Lipitor, you may be eligible to file a Lipitor lawsuit. The lawyers at Law Firm of Oklahoma are currently investigating claims that the cholesterol-lowering medication Lipitor is linked to an increased risk of diabetes.
Our Oklahoma City attorneys are experienced litigators who will aggressively fight to protect the rights of women injured by dangerous drugs like Lipitor. We understand how to help those injured by Lipitor and other dangerous drugs and can offer you a free legal consultation.
Lipitor is the brand name for the drug atorvastatin. Made and sold by the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer, this prescription medication is a popular drug to treat high cholesterol. It is a member of the statin class of hypolipidemics.
Its serious side effects include:
A January 2012 study published in the medical journal Archives of Internal Medicine found that women between the ages of 50 and 79 who took statin medicines like Lipitor were 48 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who did not.
Three other medical studies investigating the link between statins and type 2 diabetes were published in the Lancet, the Journal of American College of Cardiology, and Atherosclerosis.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued a safety warning in February 2012 about Lipitor and other statins in response to research that found statin users – especially women – faced an increased risk of being diagnosed with diabetes while taking Lipitor.
As a result of the warning, the FDA has required that Pfizer and other drug manufacturers of cholesterol-lowering statins update their labels to reflect the increased risk of diabetes.
The drugs required to include the diabetes warning on their labels include:
If you are currently taking Lipitor, discuss the health risks and benefits of Lipitor with your doctor. Do not ever stop taking any medication until you have discussed the risks and benefits with your health care provider.
Many women who were diagnosed with diabetes after taking Lipitor are filing Lipitor lawsuits. If you or a loved has been diagnosed with diabetes while taking the drug Lipitor, you may be eligible to file a Lipitor lawsuit.
Contact the lawyers at Law Firm of Oklahoma to receive a free consultation.