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Federal Lipitor lawsuits pile up fast

If you were diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes after using the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor, there is a chance you are entitled to compensation for your diabetes injury. One way to find out whether there is a case for a Lipitor lawsuit is to get a free consultation from one of the experienced Lipitor attorneys at Reich & Binstock.

Nearly a thousand Lipitor lawsuits are centralized before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. These are merely federal actions - not counting Lipitor lawsuits filed in state courts nationwide - that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated for pretrial management in February. Indeed, nearly a thousand federal Lipitor lawsuits piled up in about five months at the multidistrict litigation court.

Plaintiffs in the typical Lipitor lawsuit allege that they developed Type-2 diabetes as a result of using Lipitor, which is a so-called "statin" made by the defendant, Pfizer. Plaintiffs further allege that the drug's defect is unreasonably dangerous.

Although the FDA approved Lipitor in 1996, it was not until 2012 that the FDA issued a statement on updated Lipitor labeling that read, "The FDA is also aware of studies showing that patients being treated with statins may have a small increased risk of increased blood sugar levels and of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus."

Women apparently have been particularly susceptible to the Lipitor diabetes risk; hence women are a disproportionate percentage of the Lipitor lawsuit plaintiffs.

Lipitor is a blockbuster drug. Its manufacturer either knew or should have known about the diabetes side effect and should have done as much to mitigate the risk as it did to market the medicine, plaintiffs in Lipitor lawsuits can assert.

Sometime in 2015, the first cases will go to trial out of the federal cluster of actions in South Carolina. There is time for someone who used Lipitor and who since has been diagnosed with diabetes to get a free consultation from Reich & Binstock. Victims need to know as soon as possible what their legal options are.

Reich & Binstock operates in every state. One may arrange a free consultation by calling toll-free or by sending an electronic message through the law firm's website.

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