Five plaintiffs last week sought an MDL for federal lawsuits against Pfizer’s Lipitor. The allegations are the same in all cases: the cholesterol drug caused them to develop diabetes.
The gist of plaintiffs claims is that the drug increased serum glucose levels causing diabetes. Pfizer never properly let patients or doctors know of this risk so they could make a different choice or perhaps avoid this class of drugs all together. Accordingly, the suits allege, Lipitor is defective and unreasonably dangerous and the drug was sold with a warning that did not properly alert patients and doctors of the risk.
Not for nothing, Pfizer has been making money had over fist with Pfizer. If you have help Pfizer stock in the last few years, you have gotten pretty rich in no small part due to Lipitor.