The use of Lipitor has been associated with serious complications, including Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by insulin deficiency and insulin resistance.
The Houston lawyers of Perdue & Kidd are currently investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals injured while taking Lipitor. Lipitor, manufactured by Pfizer, is a prescription medication used to treat high cholesterol. However, it has been linked to serious complications including Type 2 diabetes, liver failure and other serious side effects.Lipitor, also known as atorvastatin, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996. It is a member of the drug class known as statins, used to help lower blood cholesterol.
Lipitor and Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by insulin deficiency and insulin resistance. Studies have found that the use of Lipitor can increase the risks of developing diabetes.
Since at least 2010, published literature has indicated an increased risk of diabetes in patients taking statins, including Lipitor. In 2011, a Journal of the American College of Cardiology study found that high dose Lipitor treatment compared to placebo was associated with an increased risk of new-onset Type 2 diabetes. The next year, in 2012, the FDA issued a notice to consumers informing them about statins and the increased risk of diabetes. In addition, studies published in 2013 in both the British Journal of Medicine and the Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes further strengthen the association between Lipitor and new onset diabetes.
Lipitor and Liver Failure
The use of Lipitor has also been associated with the risk of liver damage. This risk was initially discovered by researchers in a clinical trial who found some patients experienced elevated liver enzymes, which happens when the liver is damaged and it releases these enzymes into the bloodstream.
FDA Lipitor Warnings
The FDA has issues several warnings about Lipitor. In March 2009, the FDA updated the Warnings and Precautions for Lipitor to include “fatal and non-fatal liver injury.” In February 2012, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication and required Pfizer to change the warning label on Lipitor to include the increased of Type 2 Diabetes.
Contact The Law Firm Of Perdue & Kidd
If you have taken Lipitor and developed Type 2 Diabetes or liver damage or failure, contact the lawyers of Perdue & Kidd. Our attorneys have experience representing clients throughout Texas and the country against major pharmaceutical companies. Our attorneys bring more than 100 years of combined experience that allows us to offer real hope to our clients who have been injured.
When you or a loved one has been injured by a drug, you need to take action to secure the compensation you need and that the responsible parties are held accountable for the harm done to you. The lawyers of Perdue & Kidd are skilled and capable of ensuring that your rights are respected. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 713-520-2500 or toll free at 800-520-1749, or simply contact us online.
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