Pfizer, Inc., the producer of best-selling prescription medication Lipitor, has been under fire recently because of medical studies linking the popular drug to the development of Type 2 Diabetes in those who take it. A new study released in May 2015 may increase this concern about the drug Lipitor.
Statin Drug Side Effects
Lipitor is a so-called statin that is prescribed by doctors to lower cholesterol in the blood, thus lessening the chances of heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. While the drug is reportedly very successful is reducing cholesterol, it seems to have the unfortunate side effect of increasing the chances of people developing Type 2 Diabetes, a dangerous condition in its own right.
Data Linking Lipitor to Onset of Type 2 Diabetes is Inconclusive
Past medical studies done on Lipitor have been inconclusive on whether Lipitor actually causes Type 2 Diabetes, or just treats those who are similarly predisposed to develop diabetes, thus creating a link that is nothing more than coincidental. A new study released this year falls short of actually proving a direct causal link between Lipitor and diabetes; however, its astounding statistics are hard to ignore when it comes to dangerous side effects of Lipitor.
According to the study, people taking Lipitor have a 22% higher chance of developing new Type 2 diabetes than those who are not taking the cholesterol drug. Additionally, those taking Lipitor are at a higher risk of developing new Type 2 diabetes than those who are taking other statins. The authors of the study advised doctors to take into account all of the risks and benefits of Lipitor before prescribing it to a patient, and those on Lipitor were encouraged to not stop taking it before discussing this with their doctor.
Pennsylvania Defective Drug Side Effect Lawsuits
Profit-obsessed drug companies make millions of dollars selling medication to people that may or may not have serious side effects which pose significant harm to everyday people. At one point, Lipitor produced $12 billion annually in sales, allowing the people who manufactured it to rake in millions. Now that it is becoming clear that the drug Lipitor may be causing harm to patients developing Type 2 Diabetes as a result, those same people deserve to be held accountable for their irresponsible behavior that put others at risk. The best way to do this is through a Pennsylvania defective drug lawsuit to recover financial compensation.
To learn more about your legal rights if you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective drug, call a Pennsylvania drug side effect lawyer at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg Law today. These cases can be legally complex, and we can help you sort out the basics in a free, no-obligation consultation about your possible claim. Plus, if we decide to go forward, you pay no legal fees to us unless you win your case. Call our office as soon as possible. You can also schedule a free consultation by visiting our contact page and filling out the form there.