Lipitor (atorvastatin) is one of the most popular medications in history. It and the other medications known as statins have been hugely successful in treating patients suffering from high cholesterol.
Essentially, the medications reduce triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels in the blood and increase HDL, or good, cholesterol in patients who have been diagnosed as being at risk for life-threatening heart attacks, strokes, angina and other coronary artery diseases.
As with any medication there can be side effects and some of them can be dangerous. Numerous Lipitor lawsuits have been filed, predominately by women, claiming that the use of Lipitor caused them to develop Type 2 diabetes.
The FDA also has voiced its concerns. In a public health advisory issued to health care professionals and consumers, agency officials had this to say about Lipitor and other statins:
“Diabetes occurs because of defects in the body’s ability to produce or use insulin—a hormone needed to convert food into energy. If the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin or if cells do not respond appropriately to insulin, blood sugar levels in the blood get too high, which can lead to serious health problems,” said the FDA. “A small increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 diabetes have been reported with the use of statins.”
While the FDA describes this as “a small increased risk” when you consider that tens of millions of patients have been prescribed Lipitor since it was approved by the FDA in 1996 that means that a lot of patients may have experienced this serious condition.
And many of these patients who claim to have developed diabetes as a result of the use of Lipitor have filed Lipitor diabetes lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country.
Enough of the federal cases have been filed that a special judicial panel has scheduled a court hearing Jan. 30 in New Orleans to decide whether dozens of federal lawsuits in which patients are alleging that the use of Lipitor caused them to develop Type 2 diabetes should be consolidated before a single federal judge.
Many of these Lipitor lawsuits were filed after 2012, when the FDA updated its consumer health advisory that agency officials had issued warning about links between statins such as Lipitor and the increased risks of developing diabetes. The FDA warned all users of statin drugs that their use of the medications could increase blood sugar levels and cause memory problems. More at: http://www.resource4thepeople.com/defectivedrugs/lipitor-lawsuit.html