Pfizer has asked that a request for centralization of all lawsuits filed by women claiming to have been diagnosed with diabetes as a side effect of Lipitor be denied.
The second request for consolidation of all federal lawsuits filed by women who link their diabetes to Lipitor was filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation last month. This would reduce duplicative discovery, avoid conflicting rulings, and serve the convenience of parties involved.
Pfizer filed a response to this request on November 1, claiming that centralization is not justified for the more than 100 lawsuits. According to Pfizer, an MDL would delay the process. At this time, early trial dates for some of the cases are set for late 2013 and early 2015 and will be spread across at least 7 different jurisdictions.
“These cases are thus poised for prompt merits decisions, including on core science issues, which will shape the litigation nationwide and conserve significant party and judicial resources,” wrote Pfizer in the response. “The creation of an MDL could substantially delay these merit resolutions.”
Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a blockbuster drug made by Pfizer and used to help lower cholesterol and ward of heart disease. In personal injury lawsuits, many women are now claiming that Pfizer failed to adequately warn about serious Lipitor side effects, including the heightened risk of developing diabetes for women who use this drug. Though the FDA mandated new diabetes warnings for Lipitor in February 2012, plaintiffs claim that Pfizer was aware of this risk long before this—some say as early as 2004.
According to plaintiffs in Lipitor lawsuits, they would have avoided diabetes if properly warned about this risk associated with Lipitor by using a different drug or by monitoring their blood sugar levels while taking Lipitor.
If you or a woman you love has been diagnosed with diabetes after taking Lipitor, you could be entitled to substantial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. For more information on Lipitor lawsuits, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC for a free legal consultation.