Federal Lipitor Litigants Await Decision on Consolidation By Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation

Lipitor is a drug that is commonly used to treat high blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart related afflictions. Recently, Lipitor has been found to cause complications in women such as type 2 diabetes and coronary heart failure among other issues. It is important to have the facts about Lipitor as well as to keep informed about recent legal ramifications that pertain to the Lipitor drug.

Most recently, Lipitor lawsuits for causing diabetes in women are being filed nationwide, and a decision on consolidation of the federal lawsuits is pending before the judicial panel on multidistrict litigation. The Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuits allege Pfizer knew of the complications and risks of contracting diabetes due to Lipitor use yet withheld the information from physicians and consumers.

Study conducted at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2012 revealed a possible link between Lipitor and diabetes in women. The study, conducted from 1993 to 2005, focused on 154,000 women with a median age of 63 years. By the conclusion of the study, 10,200 women in the study contracted type 2 diabetes. After taking into account the women’s age, lifestyle, weight, and other factors, the researchers found postmenopausal women taking Lipitor and other types of drugs like Lipitor had a 46 percent increased risk of developing diabetes.

When the study went public, the FDA took interest in the University’s findings launching a safety label change to Lipitor and other drugs like it. Though the mandate was in place and public announcements broadcasting the risks of taking Lipitor went public, still many are left uneducated about the risks of taking the medication. To this day, warning labels on the medication Lipitor still do not specifically point out the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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