COLUMBIA, S.C. — In March, a federal judge granted Pfizer’s motion to dismiss four of the Lipitor cases pending against the drug manufacturing giant.
The judge’s order did not regard the merits of the plaintiffs’ cases; instead the judge held that the plaintiffs in these four cases had not complied with certain discovery orders and that the cases should, therefore, be dismissed.
Although this is not great news for patients who have suffered from the negative side effects of using Lipitor, the remaining Lipitor lawsuits are still going forward. Many of the numerous remaining Lipitor lawsuits have been consolidated in federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) in South Carolina, and the court should soon hear a few of the cases in so-called bellwether trials.
Bellwether trials occasionally take place in class action lawsuits when the complaints and damages are all extremely similar. In a bellwether trial, the court hears just a few of the cases that are representative of all of the lawsuits, and then the court’s ruling is generally applied to the remaining lawsuits.
Lipitor (which is also known as atorvastatin calcium) is taken to reduce low-density lipoprotein or “bad cholesterol” levels. It is a very popular drug that has been widely prescribed and used in the United States in the past few decades.
Despite its popularity, research has recently linked the use of Lipitor to negative and serious side effects including type 2 diabetes and memory loss.
After wide publication of this research, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new requirements that Pfizer and the makers of other similar drugs include warnings on their drugs’ labels that detail the risks of taking these cholesterol medications.
Lawsuits filed against Pfizer regarding Lipitor allege that Lipitor was the cause of the plaintiffs’ health complications, such as diabetes, and that Pfizer was aware of these serious health risks but promoted Lipitor instead of warning the doctors and patients about the risks.
Despite the recent orders by the FDA and despite the growing body of research linking Lipitor with diabetes and other negative and serious side effects, Pfizer maintains that Lipitor is a safe way to reduce cholesterol levels.
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