New York, New York (PRWEB) May 10, 2014
Hundreds of Lipitor lawsuits (http://www.lipitorlawsuitcenter.com/) that claim the statin drug caused patients to suffer Type 2 diabetes continue to move forward in the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. Among other things, a Case Management Order issued on April 25, 2014, establishes a plan and procedures for discovery, and sets the stage for the proceeding’s first bellwether trials. According to the Order, the first of those trials could begin in July 2015. (In re Lipitor (Atorvastatin) Litigation, MDL No. 2502)
“We have heard from numerous individuals concerned that their use of Lipitor caused diabetes. We are pleased to see that this litigation is progressing,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free Lipitor lawsuit reviews to individuals who took the statin and later developed Type 2 diabetes.
Lipitor Diabetes Allegations
According to court documents, the litigation involving Lipitor diabetes allegations has been growing since February 2012, when the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the manufacturers of statins to update their labels with information about the drugs’ potential association with Type 2 diabetes. The request followed the publication of a study in JAMA: Internal Medicine the previous month which suggested that post-menopausal women treated with statins faced an increased risk of developing new-onset Type 2 diabetes. *
Court records indicate that at least 460 Lipitor lawsuits are now pending in the District of South Carolina. All of the claims allege that Pfizer Inc. was aware of the link between Lipitor and diabetes before modifying the drug’s label in February 2012 to reflect this risk, but concealed this information in order to protect sales of the medication. The lawsuits further allege that the modified label warnings remain inadequate.
Bellwether trials like those discussed in the April 25th Case Management Order mark an important milestone in these types of litigations. Among other things, the outcomes of bellwether cases may provide insight into how juries might decide other Lipitor lawsuits.
Lipitor patients who allegedly developed Type 2 diabetes due to their use of the statin medication may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about the federal Lipitor diabetes litigation, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, or call 800-511-5092 to obtain a free legal review.
*archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1108676, JAMA Internal Medicine, January 2012
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