When patients are prescribed medicines by doctors in Philadelphia, many of them likely wonâ€™t even question the safety of the drug or worry about possible side effects. Some have the mistaken belief that because it is available for sale, it must be safe in every way. It is true that drugs have to go through a rigorous series of tests in order to get the Food and Drug Administrationâ€™s stamp of approval, however, there can be side effects associated with the potentially dangerous drugs that are either unknown or not published by the drug manufacturer.
This is the basis for lawsuits filed against the makers of a popular statin prescription medicine aimed at reducing the risks of heart disease and lowering cholesterol. Litigants claim that Pfizer, the manufacturers of Lipitor, failed to warn consumers of the possibility of the drug causing Type 2 diabetes. They say that the company was aware of this when research was performed in 2004 that showed a link between statins and insulin resistance. However, they apparently did nothing to warn Lipitor users of this potential.
There are currently 56 lawsuits against Pfizer filed by women who claim that their Type 2 diabetes was caused by Lipitor. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will consider bringing together the cases in order to coordinate the trials.
Many of the plaintiffs in these cases have said that had they known the risks of developing diabetes while on Lipitor, they would have looked for a different option. Hopefully their lawsuits will help them to receive proper compensation for their pain and suffering and medical bills.
Source: Injury Lawyer News, â€œ50+ Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuits May be Centralized as MDL,â€ Ava Lawson, Jan. 2, 2014