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Lipitor Lawyers

The attorneys at Riddle & Brantley are pursuing claims on behalf of women who have taken Lipitor and have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Studies have linked Lipitor® – one of America’s best-selling prescription drug – to an increased risk of diabetes in women. While the medication has been effective for reducing cholesterol for some users, it also has serious, potentially life-threatening side effects that lead to diseases like diabetes.

Its manufacturer – Pfizer – should be held accountable for the deadly, adverse side effects that have affected patients without warning.

 

The entire team of legal professionals at Riddle & Brantley are committed to our clients, and we have the knowledge and experience to take on the pharmaceutical industry to pursue justice on their behalf. We aggressively pursue a favorable verdict or settlement in defective and dangerous drug cases.

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About Lipitor

Sales of Lipitor exceed $12 billion each year. Despite its massive following, Lipitor is a dangerous drug that may have caused pain and suffering and even death.

In 2012 the Federal Drug Administration required Pfizer to provide additional information on the side-effects of the drug after it failed to warn patients of the link between high blood sugar and Lipitor. If your family has been affected by the potentially deadly side effects of Lipitor, you may have a claim for a lawsuit and could be eligible for compensation.

Lipitor’s generic name is atorvastatin, which is part of a class of drugs called “statins”. Statin drugs are used to reduce cholesterol levels; they do this by blocking the enzyme in the liver that produces cholesterol.

Specifically, Lipitor lowers the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and total cholesterol. Left untreated, high cholesterol can lead to hardening of the arteries, and cause heart disease. (Hardened arteries and heart disease are both known contributors to vascular disease, heart attack and stroke.)

Lipitor was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the fall of 2005. Other statin drugs beside atorvastatin with potentially harmful side effects include:

  • Fluvastatin
    • Brands: Lescol
  • Lovastatin
    • Brands: Advicor, Altoprev, Mevacor
  • Pitavastatin
    • Brands: Livalo, Pravachol
  • Rosuvastatin
    • Brands: Crestor
  • Simvastatin & Niacin
    • Brands: Simcor
  • Simvastatin
    • Brands: Simcard, Simlup, Simvacor, Zocor
  • Simvastatin & Ezetimibe
    • Brands: Vytorin

All of these drugs are used to treat high cholesterol. Use of any drug in the statin class has been linked to a higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes in women.

Before 2012 the drug was marketed as safe and it was unknown that Lipitor and statin drugs had a direct correlation to a higher rate of developing many life-threatening conditions.

However, when the FDA discovered data that affirmed the truly dangerous nature of this prescription drug, it required Pfizer to change the warning labels on Lipitor’s packaging, which previously did not provide adequate information.

Lipitor Side Effects

The list of side effects of Lipitor may be surprisingly small, but their severity is shocking. Have you or someone that you love taken Lipitor and then experienced serious side effects? Contact Riddle & Brantley today at (800) 525-7111. You may be eligible to file a damages lawsuit.

Lipitor patients have experienced the following side effects:

  • Damage to Kidneys
  • Damage to liver
  • Kidney Failure
  • Loss of Memory
  • Muscle Damage/Pain
  • Myopathy
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Type 2 Diabetes

Many of these side effects are serious conditions that may not have existed if it weren’t for a patient’s use of Lipitor or another statin-class drug. If you have developed one of these conditions or lost a loved one because of atorvastatin, we urge you to contact a pharmaceutical injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss options in Lipitor claims. You may have a claim for personal injury or wrongful death.

Contact our North Carolina Dangerous Drug Law Firm

Medication is supposed to improve our quality of life, treat life-limiting conditions and reduce pain. When a drug instead creates conditions worse than it is designed to treat, the maker of the drug should be held accountable for the damages caused by its negligence and refusal to adequately warn patients.

Millions who have taken Lipitor since its introduction in 2005 did not know the full risks of taking this dangerous medication, and those who have been hurt are pursuing justice in Lipitor lawsuits. If you or a loved one has suffered because of a statin-class prescription medicine, you deserve to learn about your legal rights.

Riddle & Brantley is proud to defend the rights of Lipitor victims throughout North Carolina using our more than 160 years combined legal experience to fight the expensive legal teams and defense tactics used by large pharmaceutical manufacturers.

We offer 4 convenient locations to serve clients in the following areas:

  • Goldsboro
  • Jacksonville
  • Raleigh
  • Kinston
  • Communities in the surrounding areas.

Discover how the North Carolina personal injury lawyers at Riddle & Brantley can defend you. Call (800) 525-7111 today to discuss the details of your potential case, free and confidentially. When Justice Counts® – contact Riddle & Brantley. Call us today at (800) 525-7111.