Parilman & Associates – Lipitor Attorneys
High cholesterol is a problem that millions of Americans deal with every day, yet according to the federal government millions of Americans do not do nearly enough to get their high cholesterol levels under control. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, ,more than 70 million American adults have high levels of LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol. Only one-third of those people have the condition under control, and less than half of those with this health problem even seek treatment. Clearly, these are troubling statistics for obvious reasons.
While these numbers are problematic and represent a serious public health issue, the CDC states that the problem is actually getting better. During the first decade of the 21st century, the percentage of American adults with high total cholesterol decreased while the number of people seeking treatment has increased. One of the common forms of treatment put to use by patients is medication, and one of the leading cholesterol medications in recent years has been Lipitor, which is manufactured by Pfizer, Inc. Unfortunately, the introduction of this medication would eventually lead to a need for help from Lipitor lawyers.
Lipitor was originally approved for use by the FDA in 1996 and since then it has generated more than $125 billion in sales. At its height, which was before generics and other competitors hit the market, it was generating approximately $1 billion in revenue every month worldwide. During this time, few if any people ever contemplated the possibility of needing the help of Lipitor attorneys. This obviously meant that millions of people were depending on Lipitor, which is known as a statin, to help lower their cholesterol levels and thereby minimize the chance that they would encounter problems associated with high cholesterol including heart attacks and strokes. Sadly, thousands of people would by result need the help of Lipitor lawyers.
Problems Arise – Lipitor Side Effects
Unfortunately, when one of the highest-selling drugs of all time encounters problems, it can lead to massive amounts of fallout for the people who depend on it. Those problems began to surface a couple of years ago when allegations of Lipitor side effects began to arise, leading to calls for help to Lipitor attorneys. Some of these alleged Lipitor side effects were relatively minor in nature, but one alleged side effect – the tendency for people to develop Type 2 diabetes – is anything but minor. Type 2 diabetes, ironically, can lead to many of the same dangers as high cholesterol if it is not treated. Lipitor lawyers across the country began to evaluate legal claims.
Lipitor attorneys who have spoken to several clients have heard about common symptoms of type 2 diabetes that include:
- Frequent urination
- Seemingly constant thirst
- Weight loss
- An increase in appetite
- Blurry vision
- Patches of discolored/darkened skin
Given the prevalence of Lipitor and the potential dangers associated with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes caused by Lipitor side effects, Pfizer and the FDA publicized changes early in 2012 to the product’s label. These changes clearly warned patients of these potential Lipitor side effects and hopefully helped at least some people steer clear of this danger.
Unfortunately, many people have not been so lucky, and they now face the prospect of taking on one of the most powerful corporations in the world. People in this position need to level the playing field with Lipitor lawyers, and they can do so by obtaining the help of a team of Lipitor attorneys who know how to hold enormous corporations accountable. If this has happened to you or to someone you love, contact the Lipitor lawyers Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.