New York, New York (PRWEB) June 03, 2014
As Lipitor lawsuit claims (http://www.lipitorlawsuitcenter.com/) involving allegations that the popular statin drug causes Type 2 diabetes continue to move forward in U.S. courts, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a newly-released study has found that high-potency doses of Lipitor and other statins may increase the risk for the disease. According to a report from CTVNews.ca, the authors of the study analyzed records on more than 136,000 patients in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., two-thirds of whom received high-potency statins. These included patients treated with more than 10mg of rosuvastatin, sold as Crestor, 20mg of atorvastatin, sold as Lipitor, or 40mg of simvastatin, sold as Zocor. The findings suggested that patients in the high-potency group had a 15 percent relative increase in risk of diabetes over two years compared to patients on lower doses.*
“These findings echo the allegations regarding the use of Lipitor and diabetes that have been put forth in hundreds of lawsuits currently pending in the U.S.,” 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.
Court records indicate that more than 700 Lipitor lawsuits have been filed in courts around the country on behalf of individuals who developed Type 2 diabetes following treatment with the statin medication. The majority of these claims are pending in a multidistrict litigation now underway in U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina. The Court is currently in the process of selecting individual Lipitor lawsuits for the proceeding’s first bellwether trials, which are likely to begin on or after July 1, 2015. (In re Lipitor (Atorvastatin) Litigation, MDL No. 2502)
According to court documents, Lipitor diabetes claims have been mounting since January 2012, after a study published in JAMA: Internal Medicine reported that post-menopausal women treated with statins may be at an increased risk for developing the disease.** The following month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) mandated that the manufacturers of statins, including Lipitor, add new information to the drugs’ labels regarding this potential risk. However, plaintiffs in Lipitor lawsuits claim that the new information added to the Lipitor label following the FDA’s mandate continues to be inadequate.
Alleged victims of Lipitor and diabetes may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Learn 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.
*ctvnews.ca/health/study-links-statins-to-higher-diabetes-risk-1.1843765, CTVNews.ca, May 29, 2014
**archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1108676, JAMA Internal Medicine, January 2012
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