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Lipitor® Drug Injury Lawyers

Lipitor® is a prescription drug used to treat high cholesterol levels in patients. This drug helps to lower the cholesterol and prevent blockage that is caused from plaque in the arteries. While this prescription medication is marketed to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack, many patients who have taken the drug have developed Type II diabetes.

This popular medication is manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. It is considered to be the top selling prescription medication in the world with sales topping well over $130 billion. The FDA first gave approval for this drug in 1996.

The medication has been shown to reduce the life threatening risks of heart disease. In fact, a clinical study performed showed that Lipitor® was able to reduce the risk of cardiac events, fatal or non-fatal, by 36 percent.

While it works well for its intended use, studies have shown it can also increase risks for other diseases including:

clinical trial conducted to discover whether there was a link between an increased risk of Type II diabetes and the use of Lipitor®, revealed that those who used a statin drug like Lipitor® had 9 percent higher incidence of developing diabetes than a group receiving a placebo.

Another clinical study looked at a group of 471,250 people with no previous history of diabetes and who were being newly treated with a statin drug. The study concluded that test group were at a 22 percent higher risk of developing Type II diabetes.

The most affected groups are women and the elderly. Men were not as likely to develop diabetes from Lipitor®. In 2012, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that women who are postmenopausal are at a 48 percent increase of developing Type II diabetes when taking a statin drug such as Lipitor®. Pfizer has recommended a comparatively high initial dose of 10mg which some feel is more than is needed for women and the elderly. This study was conducted over a period of 12 years and took into account 150,000 women.

While the FDA did not formally recall Lipitor® and it is still available to be prescribed, in 2012, the FDA did release a safety warning that stated that there are potential risks involved with taking the drug, including development of Type II diabetes and an increased risk of high blood sugar.

Information about the increased risk for diabetes when using Lipitor® was revealed in 2012, a full 17 years after the drug received FDA approval back in 1996.

Lawsuits have been filed claiming that Pfizer hid the risks associated with the prescription drug from consumers and medical professionals until 2012. Prior to the release of this information, the FDA requested that Pfizer update the public nearly six months before they actually did.

It is an FDA requirement that pharmaceutical companies inform consumers and medical professionals about the side effects and risks associated with a prescription drug. Thousands of plaintiffs are looking to hold Pfizer accountable for failing to uphold this requirement.

If the information that Pfizer allegedly hid had been properly released, consumers may have chosen a different medication. In fact, if the manufacturer did indeed fail to introduce information about all of the known risks and side effects, this could be what caused the increased diagnosis of Type II diabetes in Tennessee, Kentucky, and all over the US.

If you or someone you love has been injured or diagnosed with Type II diabetes after taking Lipitor®, you may be entitled to compensation.

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Many patients have been filing claims against Pfizer and the drug Lipitor®, and now is the time to contact our law office and find out if you are eligible to file a claim against Pfizer.

If you do want to file a claim, call us TODAY and do not wait any longer. Time may be running out.

When you contact our office, we will work alongside you to gather paperwork, medical records, and copies of your prescriptions to form your case. In a Lipitor® case, you need to be able to prove that your Type II diabetes diagnosis was caused by the use of Lipitor®.

Our team is ready to help make that correlation and see if you qualify for any compensation for your injuries, time from work, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

If you would like to receive a FREE case evaluation, contact the team at Hughes & Coleman today. We are available to help you 24/7 and our team of lawyers will even come to your location.

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