The Problem: Several studies have linked Lipitor and other cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to an increased risk of diabetes, particularly in middle-aged and older women.
The Response: Research is being conducted and lawsuits are being filed.
What Can We Do to Help: Our experienced attorneys can review your medical records and advise you if filing a case is in your best interest.
The attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer are actively filing lawsuits on behalf of women who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after using Lipitor. Several studies have linked Lipitor and other cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to an increased risk of diabetes, particularly in middle-aged and older women. The drug, like all other statins, prevents the production of bad cholesterol by suppressing an enzyme in the liver vital for cholesterol production called HMG-CoA reductase.
Have you anyone you know developed Type 2 Diabetes since taking Lipitor? Find out if you can seek compensation for your injuries by completing our free case evaluation.
Our attorneys believe that the maker of Lipitor, Pfizer, Inc., failed to properly warn consumers of this risk and is therefore legally responsible for the medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages of women who developed diabetes as a result of taking Lipitor.
What is Lipitor?
Is a generic name for Atorvastatin. It reduces levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL Cholesterol) in the blood, while at the same time increase levels of good cholesterol (HDL Cholesterol). It is also commonly used to treat dyslipidemia and prevent cardiovascular diseases among people who are at high risk. Reducing bad cholesterol helps prevent coronary artery disease, CVDs like angina, stroke and heart attacks.
How does Lipitor cause diabetes?
Several studies have uncovered a link between Lipitor and Type 2 diabetes, a life-long condition that causes a patient to develop high blood sugar levels. To understand the potential link between Lipitor and Type 2 diabetes, it is important to understand the science behind the disease.
In the body, food is broken down into sugar (glucose), which travels through the bloodstream. In a normal patient, the pancreas will release insulin in response to a meal to reduce blood sugar levels and allow glucose to enter the body’s cells, providing them with the energy needed to function. Patients with Type 2 diabetes, however, cannot produce enough insulin or cannot use the insulin well enough. As a result, glucose cannot enter the body’s cells and instead builds up in the blood, causing a spike in blood sugar levels. High levels of sugar in the blood can result in a number of serious health problems, including organ damage and heart attack.
Researchers suspect that Lipitor can inhibit the function of the pancreatic cells responsible for storing and releasing insulin, and may also decrease the body’s sensitivity to the hormone.
If you or anyone you know has been affected by Lipitor and developed Type 2 Diabetes, you may be entitled to compensation. The Lipitor attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer are dedicated to ensuring pharmaceutical companies are held responsible for the dangerous side effects of their products. Call our Lipitor Attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer or fill out the free case evaluation. We want to help you.