Class Action Lawsuit Against Statin Drugs
This class action lawsuit is challenging the FDA’s approval of statin drugs. The lawsuit involves a class of more than twenty-five thousand individuals who believe that the FDA did not properly evaluate the health risks associated with these drugs. The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of those who have experienced, either directly or indirectly, the side effects of these drugs. These include cardiac arrest, rashes, cognitive impairment, gastrointestinal complications, paralysis, and more.
One class of drugs is state A which is given to people with high cholesterol and to those at risk for cardiovascular disease. The drug is also prescribed for patients undergoing liver transplant. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this class of drugs can cause heart attack and stroke. Statin A and other similar drugs have been linked to an increased risk of heart failure, a condition that ultimately leads to death.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are asking for compensation for suffering, disability, loss of enjoyment, and funeral expenses that have resulted from these drugs. The FDA claims that it was not negligent in approving state A. The courts, however, are considering different factors when deciding whether or not the FDA was at fault. One factor is how the FDA approved the drug. The manufacturer of state A had a contract with the Food and Drug Administration that dictating exactly how the drug would be approved. Other factors considered by the courts include the fact that the manufacturer knew of the risks of heart problems even before the FDA approved it and still went ahead with the release of the drug.
The FDA has also been accused of trying to cover up the link between statin use and various side effects. Several class action lawsuits have been filed in the past few years as a result of those links. An article published by the Wall Street Journal in 2021 described a study that was performed on more than one thousand men that were undergoing surgery. The study showed a twenty fold increase in strokes that were caused by the use of statins. Although the Wall Street Journal report reported that the class action lawsuit would probably not be successful, other news sources have since reported that there is a strong possibility of the lawsuit being successful.
The FDA has released statements claiming that the class action lawsuit against statin drugs would be pointless. The FDA contends that all of the studies that have been done on the subject so far have been either inconclusive or flawed in some way. They claim that all but one of the studies was either not adequately controlled or did not test the proper groups of people. As the FDA points out, it does not have the power to stop drug companies from releasing certain medications if research shows that they are dangerous. If a doctor prescribes a medication for a patient, he or she has the authority to make that decision. That is why the FDA must rely on doctors and institutions outside of the FDA to test drugs.
The FDA’s statements come at a time when more individuals are using statins to lower their cholesterol levels. The lawsuit may just be the beginning, and if it is successful, doctors could be sued for prescribing these drugs without first conducting adequate tests. The class action lawsuit against statin drugs represents the first time that this has been seen. As we have mentioned previously, there are many lawsuits currently pending in courts all across the country. If you feel that you were the result of a defected drug, you should speak with a qualified personal injury attorney immediately. A good lawyer will be able to determine whether or not your case has a solid chance of winning, and will help you move forward with it.
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I am a 52 year old man who has been on statin cholesterol drugs since 26 years of age. My doctor increased my dose on Simvastatin from 20 mg per day to 40 mg per day because my total cholesterol was up to 212. Over the past week I have had increased pain in some of my joints despite the fact that I have slept better most nights over the past 3 weeks or more. The previous primary care provider was an older male mid-level practitioner who was incredibly argumentative about me getting of generic Lipitor (Atorvastatin).
I am also a pharmacist who has been practicing pharmacy for 27 years now, and do not like the statin cholesterol medications that well. I especially do not like the two more potent ones…being Atorvastatin (Lipitor) and Rosuvastatin (Crestor). At a previous job I performed the monthly medication reviews on every patient in a 302 bed long term care facility. I recommended that the medical providers switch Lipitor and Crestor to either Simvastatin or Lovastatin due to formulary and cost reasons. A male physician’s assistant informed me that every one of his patients who were switched to Simvastatin had mystery rashes that cleared up within days or weeks after getting off either Lipitor or Crestor. This PAC told me that he tried every antibiotic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory cream he could think of to clear up his patient’s rashes with no results. Yet switching his patients to a lower powered statin cholesterol med or completely getting them off those meds resulted in his patient’s mystery rashes going away somehow.
I will relate this experience I had being seen as a patient for exacerbated allergy symptoms and a possible sinus infection in November, 2015 in Tulsa, OK, at an urgent care clinic to demonstrate how some medical doctors do things in our “wonderful” health care system in the United States.
I told the doctor what I was eating to improve my health. He responded with. “Don’t eat those foods. That’s an expensive diet. Just eat the cheap stuff and we will prescribe medications as necessary.”
My diet wasn’t that expensive. I can usually afford to eat healthier than the average person in the Oklahoma and the United States, yet I have effectively been told not to eat healthy by a doctor!!
I consider this to be an indictment on both that particular doctor and our healthcare system in general.
How do I join this lawsuit.
This is a tradegic commitary of the lack of communication of health and
throughrough knowledge. It appears
the medical community is chasing
cholesterol numbers without final approval of the statins without safe and vigorous from the FDA. Obviously some pockets are being greased at people’s detriment. Write your Senator & Congress person, save you family. Sue the pharmaceutical companies. Or FDA,
I was prescribed statins in my 40’s, now I am fighting Type 2 Diabetes after several years of taking the statin drugs. I never was warned of this, both my parents never had Diabetes, Now I am 67 years old paying thousands of dollars a year for drug to treat diabetes. and having other health issues as a result. I am pissed!