First Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuit Will Go Before A Jury In November
Written by Stephen Fields on April 27, 2015
Wilma Daniels filed a Lipitor diabetes lawsuit against Pfizer, the company that manufactures and promotes the drug Lipitor, in 2014. Her case was selected as a bellwether trial, the first to be heard by jurors. Originally expected to go before a jury in October, her case has been rescheduled for November.
Ms. Daniels took Lipitor for nearly 15 years. When she started therapy in 1998, she was healthy thanks to her active lifestyle. In 2004, Ms. Daniels was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She’s now forced to take diabetes medication and stick to a strict diet in an attempt to control her illness.
Pfizer is facing more than 2,000 complaints involving claims from several thousand women who allege they developed diabetes while taking Lipitor. That allegation alone would be unlikely to stir up controversy if Pfizer had warned the public about the risk. But the company failed to – or as many plaintiffs claim, chose not to – do so. It seemingly put a higher priority on its profits than women’s safety.
Please call us toll-free at 1-888-578-4755 if you were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and believe your illness was caused by Lipitor. Our Lipitor attorneys are reviewing potential claims for those seeking compensation.
What To Expect From The First Lipitor Lawsuit Trial
A large body of scientific research spanning more than 20 years potentilaly links the use of Lipitor to new-onset diabetes. There are also thousands of reports to that end from women across the U.S. But that doesn’t guarantee juries will find that Pfizer acted negligently, recklessly, and fraudulently, in its manufacture and promotion of Lipitor.
That’s the reason all eyes will be on Ms. Davis’ trial in November. As a bellwether trial, her case will reveal key insights into how jurors are likely to respond to evidence and testimony in future trials.
Pfizer is expected to mount an aggressive defense. The company’s lawyers will likely argue that it presented all known side effects at the time Ms. Davis began taking Lipitor. Pfizer is not expected to highlight the fact that it remained tight-lipped about the diabetes risk until 2012, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration intervened. Despite the FDA mandated label change, the patient safety warning remains vague about Lipitor and Type 2 Diabetes to this day.
Ms. Davis’ trial is the first of several bellwethers. While its progress will be closely watched by attorneys and injured patients, the jury’s verdict won’t guarantee the outcomes of the remaining cases. That said, a large jury award might compel Pfizer to negotiate a Lipitor settlement with other claimants.
Thousands Of Women Report Lipitor Diabetes Side Effects
A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes after taking Lipitor can’t be described as an isolated incident. Too many women have reported developing the disease to dismiss it as a statistical anomaly.
Unfortunately, serious health consequences are associated with the condition. Diabetics face an increased risk of kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, stroke and hypertension. Given those risks, along with Pfizer’s apparent failure to warn women, the number of reported cases is alarming. Worse, the true number of women coping with diabetes after taking Lipitor is unknown.
Many plaintiffs assert Pfizer should have issued a Lipitor recall when the drug’s potential connection to incident diabetes was discovered. At the very least, it should have alerted consumers and doctors. But the commercial potential of a blockbuster drug like Lipitor seems to have proved too tempting for Pfizer. The company remained silent for years.
There Is Still Time To Join The Lipitor Litigation
The time available to file a Lipitor claim for compensation is dictated by your state’s statute of limitations. However, the time to file a Lipitor diabetes claim may be running out for women who discovered years ago that Pfizer’s medication caused them to become diabetic.
Pharmaceutical companies facing lawsuits involving their drugs often seek to have cases dismissed for various reasons. Pfizer has done exactly that during this litigation for situations where Lipitor plaintiff paperwork was filed too late, and for Lipitor diabetes claims filed in Texas where tort laws are often subject to legal interpretation.
If you or someone you love became diabetic after using Lipitor, you’re not alone. Now is the time to find out whether you’re eligible to file a claim. Call 1-888-578-4755 for a free case review with our experienced Lipitor lawsuit attorneys.
We’re here to listen and answer any questions you have about filing a Lipitor lawsuit. Claims are accepted on a contingency fee basis. That means there are never any out-of-pocket legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.
There is limited time to file a Lipitor diabetes claim. Call our offices at your earliest convenience to find out the filing deadline in your state. Get answers to your questions about obtaining fair compensation for your injuries.