Why Are So Many Women Filing Lipitor and Type 2 Diabetes Lawsuit Claims?
Written by Stephen Fields on October 17, 2014
The controversy over Lipitor and diabetes has been gaining momentum since 2012, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced safety labeling changes on statins. The watchdog agency cited research demonstrating that use of statins (a class of drugs designed to lower cholesterol levels) increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes. However, the FDA failed to mention previous research which found the risk of diabetes particularly high for women.
The Lipitor and diabetes FDA warning came 16 years after Lipitor debuted in the U.S. Many people are asking why Pfizer, the manufacturer, took so long to warn the public. In fact, Pfizer continues to deny an increased risk of Lipitor causing Type 2 diabetes in women, much less patients in general.
Even after the FDA mandated label change in 2012, the current Lipitor patient information insert barely makes mention of diabetes as a side effect. It simply directs patients to tell their doctor if they already have diabetes before starting the medication. Muscle problems and Liver problems are the only serious side effects listed under Possible Side Effects of Lipitor. You can view the FDA’s label recommendations here.
The number of Lipitor diabetes lawsuit claims filed on behalf of injured users has grown rapidly since the FDA’s 2012 announcement. Most of the cases have been filed by women who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after using Pfizer’s drug. We’ll cover some of the allegations found in their lawsuits below.
If you or a loved one developed new-onset diabetes after taking Lipitor, you may be qualified to receive compensation. Call 1-888-578-4755 to discuss your case with our Lipitor lawsuit attorneys.
Pfizer Allegedly Neglected To Warn About Lipitor And Diabetes Risk
At the center of the controversy is Pfizer’s alleged failure to alert the public and health care community that its drug might cause female users to become diabetic. According to plaintiffs, the lack of disclosure put their long-term health in jeopardy and prevented them from making informed decisions regarding their treatment options.
They claim Pfizer knew or should have known about the risk. After all, medical journals ranging from the Lancet to the Journal of the American Medical Association have published studies about it since the mid-1990s. Pfizer has a responsibility to stay current on scientific research about its medication. If the company knew about the risk, it should have warned consumers.
Did Pfizer Fail To Follow Up On Reported Lipitor Side Effects?
Clinical trials that precede the release of a new drug sometimes fail to reveal all of the side effects attributable to the drug’s use. In many cases, side effects surface years after clinical trials have ended. For that reason, drug companies are expected to conduct postmarketing surveillance to monitor the safety of their medications.
If surveillance reveals side effects that were not previously disclosed on a drug’s package insert, the manufacturer has a responsibility to research them. If the side effects are likely to impact a large number of people, the manufacturer is supposed to warn the public.
Despite numerous studies indicating a potentially causal relationship between Lipitor and diabetes, Pfizer neglected to alert consumers and doctors until 2012. And even then, it did so only at the prodding of the FDA.
Lawsuits Also Claim Pfizer Recklessly Downplayed The Lipitor Diabetes Connection
Pending lawsuits also point out that Pfizer promoted its cholesterol-lowering medication as a safe way to prevent cardiovascular disease. According to plaintiffs, that claim ignored the link between the Lipitor and diabetes. They contend none of the promotional materials used to market Lipitor as a preventative measure against CVD mentions diabetes as a potential side effect.
Part of the commercial success of Lipitor stems from Pfizer’s aggressive marketing efforts to stimulate sales of the drug since 1996. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know how many people were deceived about its side effects. Many former users have likely become diabetic and have yet to realize their condition is due to their use of Lipitor.
Pfizer Made Billions In Profit While Potentially Concealing The Danger
Lipitor is the best-selling prescription medication in history. Nearly 30 million people have used it, helping Pfizer to generate more than $130 billion in revenue. By every imaginable measure, the drug has been a reliable cash cow for the company.
But plaintiffs allege that Pfizer made its profit over the years by deliberately concealing the risk of new-onset diabetes. The company prioritized its profit ahead of the public’s safety.
Thousands Of Women Are Now Pursuing Lipitor Lawsuit Settlements
If Pfizer had disclosed that Lipitor could cause the user to become diabetic, few claimants would be demanding compensation today. Full disclosure of the side effects would have allayed much of the anger felt by individuals who have been injured by the drug. Furthermore, patients and their doctors might have been more proactive in monitoring for symptoms of diabetes.
But the manufacturer failed to warn the public and medical community. And some claimants suggest, based on the timeline of events leading up to the FDA’s warning in 2012, that Pfizer was aware of the danger, but chose to remain silent about it. Even now, Pfizer does not list Type 2 Diabetes as a possible Lipitor side effect.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition. It can be managed, but not cured. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with the illness after using Lipitor, you may be due compensation. Call 1-888-578-4755 for a free consultation with our Lipitor settlement lawyers.
There is no obligation to file a lawsuit. If you decide to do so, our lawyers will represent you on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no legal fees unless we obtain compensation for you.
The Lipitor claim-filing deadline is approaching in many states. Don’t wait too long before taking action. Call our offices at your earliest convenience to demand fair compensation for your injuries.