Lipitor FAQs

Published on November 12, 2013 by admin

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What is Lipitor?

Lipitor, which was brought to market in 1996, is a statin drug used to treat high cholesterol. Lipitor works by reducing levels of “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of “good” cholesterol. Prior to its loss of patent protection in 2011, Lipitor generated peak sales of $13 billion a year for Pfizer, Inc.

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Why are Lipitor lawsuits being filed?

Lipitor lawsuit claims have been filed on behalf of individuals who developed type 2 diabetes, allegedly due to their use of Lipitor. Lipitor diabetes lawsuits allege that Pfizer failed to provide adequate warnings regarding the drug’s association with the disease. They also allege that warnings Pfizer added to the Lipitor label in 2012 remain inadequate.

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What are some potential Lipitor side effects?

Lipitor and similar drugs have been linked to a number of serious side effects, including:

  • New-onset Type 2 diabetes, especially in post-menopausal women
  • Skeletal Muscle Side Effects (myopathy and rhabdomyolysis)
  • Kidney or Liver Damage

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Has the FDA issued any Lipitor diabetes warning?

Yes. In 2012, the FDA ordered Pfizer, Inc. to add new warnings to the Lipitor label regarding an increased risk of new-onset diabetes in patients who took Lipitor. The FDA took action after a study published in JAMA: Internal Medicine reported that post-menopausal women treated with the statin may be at an increased risk for developing the disease.

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Have any other studies noted a Lipitor Type 2 diabetes risk?

Yes. In May 2013, a British Medical Journal study reported an association between Lipitor and diabetes, finding that patients who took the drug had a 22 percent increased risk of new-onset diabetes.

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What are the Symptoms of Lipitor diabetes?

Patients who take this statin should notify their doctor if they experience any symptoms of Lipitor diabetes, including:

  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent thirst
  • Increase in appetite
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts, bruises or sores that are slow to heal
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in hands or feet

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Has there been a Lipitor recall?

There has not been a Lipitor recall due to the medication’s association with Type 2 diabetes or any other side effects. However, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced a recall for generic Lipitor in November 2012, after it was discovered that some lots of the medication had been contaminated with tiny glass particles.

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How many Lipitor lawsuits involving diabetes allegations have been filed?

As of October 2013, just over 100 Lipitor lawsuit filings had been reported in courts around the U.S. However, because the statin was so widely used, Lipitor lawyers believe the number of claims could rise quickly.

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Where are Lipitor side effect litigations currently underway?

As of October 2013, Lipitor side effect lawsuits filed in Illinois federal court had been consolidated before a single judge in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, for the purposes of discovery and other pretrial proceedings. At the same time, a number of Lipitor diabetes claims were also being informally handled in a consolidated manner in U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina. In April 2013, plaintiffs in Lipitor lawsuits filed a petition with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) seeking the creation of a single multidistrict litigation for all federally-filed Lipitor type 2 diabetes claims, but the request was denied. However, plaintiffs renewed their petition in October 2013, as the litigation surrounding Lipitor continued to grow.

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What should I do if I or a loved one were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes while using Lipitor?

If you or a loved one may be the victim of Lipitor diabetes, it is important to contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. Our Lipitor lawyers can evaluate your claim and tell you if you have a case for filing a Lipitor lawsuit.

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How much will it cost to have my Lipitor lawsuit evaluated?

Nothing. Our Lipitor attorneys are offering free, no-obligation case evaluations to all potential victims of Lipitor and diabetes. Simply call our office at to contact a member of our legal staff today.

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What will it cost to retain an attorney if I choose to go forward with a Lipitor diabetes lawsuit?

Unless we obtain a recovery on your behalf, it will cost you nothing to retain a Lipitor attorney through Bernstein Liebhard LLP. Our Firm is accepting these cases on a contingency basis, which means our clients only pay attorney’s fees if we are able to secure a judgment or settlement in their case. If your Lipitor lawsuit is not resolved in your favor, you will owe our Firm nothing. The details of this arrangement will be fully spelled out in the retainer agreement you sign with Bernstein Liebhard LLP.

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How soon should I file my Lipitor lawsuit?

Product liability lawsuits, including those involving allegations of Lipitor diabetes, are subject to a statute of limitations that sets very strict deadlines for when a claim must be filed. This deadline varies from state to state. To ensure your lawsuit is not time-barred, it is vital that you contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP as soon as possible, so that our attorneys can see to it that your case is filed in a timely manner.

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Will I be suing the doctor who prescribed Lipitor for me?

No. The Lipitor lawsuits being pursued by Bernstein Liebhard LLP claim, among other things, that Pfizer, Inc. failed to provide adequate warnings to patients and doctors regarding the association between Lipitor and diabetes. Pfizer, Inc. is the primary defendant, and doctors are not named in the lawsuits.

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I see that Bernstein Liebhard LLP is headquartered in New York, but I live elsewhere. Can your Firm still represent me?

Yes, while our Firm is based in New York City, we represent clients from all over the U.S. Our Lipitor lawyers are offering free legal evaluations to people in all 50 states.

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What will I need to do if I choose to pursue a Lipitor lawsuit?

If you choose to move forward with a Lipitor lawsuit, you will need to keep track of your medical expenses and time missed work due to your injury, so that your attorney can calculate a fair level of compensation. You will also need to sign a medical release giving Bernstein Liebhard LLP access to your medical records, and you may need to be available to testify at a deposition or during a trial.

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How long will it take to resolve my Lipitor claim?

While this can vary greatly depending on the extent of your injury and the complexity of the case, most product liability lawsuits take at least two years to come to trial. While many cases do settle before trial, this is unlikely to happen before your Lipitor lawsuit has been fully prepped for trial.

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Why should I choose Bernstein Liebhard LLP for my Lipitor diabetes lawsuit?

Since 1993, Bernstein Liebhard LLP has successfully represented hundreds of people injured by harmful consumer products, including defective drugs. To date, we have recovered more than $3 billion for our clients. You can expect the same high level of service we provide to all of our clients if you choose our Firm for your Lipitor diabetes lawsuit.

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I am ready to proceed with my Lipitor lawsuit. What should I do next?

Please contact the Lipitor lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP for your free case review. Our legal staff will fully explain all of the options available to you, and you’ll be under no obligation whatsoever. For more information, call our office today at .

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