New York, New York (PRWEB) March 18, 2014
As Lipitor lawsuits (http://www.lipitorlawsuitcenter.com/) continue to mount in federal court, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes the publication of a new study that suggests an association between the use of statin drugs like Lipitor and the development of new-onset Type 2 diabetes. The research, which was published this month in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, looked at 14 studies involving some 46,000 patients who were treated with either a statin or a placebo. The study authors surmised that roughly 1 out of 5 cases of diabetes diagnosed among statin users could be associated with the cholesterol-lowering medications. The research team reached this conclusion after finding that 3% of statin patients were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after they began treatment, compared to just 2.4% of those in the placebo group.*
“The findings of this study add to a growing body of evidence which lends credence to the allegations put forth in hundreds of lawsuits that allege an association between Lipitor and diabetes,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The firm is currently offering free Lipitor lawsuit consultations to anyone who may have been harmed by this medication.
Lipitor and Diabetes
This new study is not the first to suggest that the use of statins like Lipitor may cause patients to develop Type 2 diabetes. In January 2012, for example, research published in JAMA: Internal Medicine reported that post-menopausal women who take Lipitor may be at an increased risk for developing diabetes. ** Following the publication of that study, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the manufacturers of statins, including Lipitor, to add new information about this potential risk to the products’ labels.
In May 2013, research that appeared in the British Medical Journal reported that people taking Lipitor had a 22 percent higher risk of new-onset diabetes.***
According to court documents, at least 270 Lipitor lawsuits have been filed in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, all of which claim use of the statin caused patients to develop Type 2 diabetes. Plaintiffs further allege that Pfizer Inc. concealed its knowledge regarding the association between Lipitor and diabetes, and claim that the cautions added to the drug’s label in 2012 remain inadequate. (In re Lipitor (Atorvastatin) Litigation, MDL No. 2502)
Alleged victims of Lipitor diabetes may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Find out more about the side effects that may be associated with Lipitor at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. To arrange for a free case review, please call 800-511-5092.
*cpr.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/03/06/2047487314525531.abstract, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, March 2014
**archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1108676, JAMA Internal Medicine, January 2012
***bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f880, BMJ, March 2013
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