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Crestor is one of the highest selling drugs offered by AstraZeneca and most potent cholesterol reducing statins on the market. Now it is being discovered that thousands of patients are being injured by Crestor side effects. If you are or were prescribed Crestor and have contracted type 2 diabetes, rhabdomyolysis, kidney failure, liver failure, or chronic bleeding, the experienced defective drug lawyers at Sanders Phillips Grossman will seek the compensation you deserve.
Crestor Defective Drug Lawsuits
“There’s a conspiracy of false hope,” Harvard Medical School’s Dr. John Abramson recently said. “The public wants an easy way to prevent heart disease, doctors want to reduce their patients? risk of heart disease and drug companies want to maximize the number of people taking their pills to boost their sales and profits.” Thousands of people suffering from Crestor side effects are currently preparing to seek compensation from AstraZeneca. Crestor lawsuits allege:
- Crestor causes type 2 diabetes, rhabdomyolysis, kidney failure, and chronic bleeding.
- AstraZeneca knew about the risks and withheld the information.
- The company failed to provide adequate warnings.
Crestor Side Effects
Crestor Type 2 Diabetes
“We found that this association [with type 2 diabetes] was true of both low potency and higher potency statins and appeared with shorter term use as well as longer term use,” said Dr. Jo Ann Manson, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored a 2011 study in which 161,808 postmenopausal women ages 50 to 79 were followed for 15 years.
- Statin use was associated with a 48% increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Rhabdomyolysis is a serious muscle disease side effect that has been found in patients taking Crestor. Rhabdomyolysis is characterized by:
- Considerable depletion of muscle tissue
- Rapid weight loss/loss in body mass
- Serious weakness throughout the body
- Weakened heart with serious potential for heart attack
Crestor Kidney (Renal) Failure
Statins collect in the kidneys. Crestor is of such a high dose that it could cause kidney toxicity.
- The raised toxicity leads to raised protein levels and blood in urine.
- Raised protein levels could cause renal failure or death.
- An independent study conducted by Public Citizen showed that the rate of acute renal failure was 75 times higher for Crestor than for all other statins combined.
Crestor Chronic/Abnormal Bleeding
Crestor has shown in clinical trials and independent studies that it could cause serious problems with clotting. This can cause potential death in:
- Auto Accidents
- Work Accidents
We will seek compensation for Crestor defective drug claim:
- Medical costs – Surgeries, hospital stays, and fees.
- Ongoing medical costs – Dialysis, physical therapy, extended care.
- Loss of income – Lost wages and potential income.
- Pain and suffering – We seek general damages and special damages.
- Lost quality of life – Due to permanent personal injury or other factors.
- Wrongful Death – Loss of a loved on due to Crestor side effects.
Crestor increased risk of diabetes mellitus
A new study reveals that Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering drug, may increase the risk of diabetes and other coronary complications. In addition, statins have been linked to serious side effects such as: cardiomyopathy, heart attack, heart muscle deterioration, heart muscle damage, liver and kidney complications, necrotizing myopathy, congestive heart failure and sudden cardiac death. On February 28, 2012, the FDA approved a new label change for the entire drug class of statins due to recent results of studies showing an increased risk of diabetes mellitus associated with high-dose therapy. The label also has been updated to recommend liver enzyme monitoring as it can cause serious liver injuries or jaundice.
Risks Seen in Cholesterol Drug Use in Health People
With the government’s blessing, a drug giant is about to expand the market for its blockbuster cholesterol medication Crestor to a new category of customers: as a preventive measure for millions of people who do not have cholesterol problems.
Some medical experts question whether this is a healthy move.
They point to mounting concern that cholesterol medications — known as statins and already the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States — may not be as safe a preventive medicine as previously believed for people who are at low risk of heart attacks or strokes.
Statins have been credited with saving thousands of lives every year with relatively few side effects, and some medical experts endorse the drug’s broader use. But for healthy people who would take statins largely as prevention — which would be the case for the new category of Crestor patients — other experts suggest the benefits may not outweigh any side effects.
Among the risks raising new concerns, recently published evidence indicates that statins could raise a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 9 percent.
“It’s a good thing to be skeptical about whether there may be long-term harm from healthy people taking a drug like this,” said Dr. Mark A. Hlatky, a professor of health research and cardiovascular medicine at the Stanford University medical school.
There is also debate over the blood test being used to identify the new statin candidates. Instead of looking for bad cholesterol, the test measures the degree of inflammation in the body, but there is no consensus in the medical community that inflammation is a direct cause of cardiovascular problems.
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Cholesterol Drug Crestor Poses Risks, Journal Says
The powerful cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor is significantly more likely than other statins to cause muscle deterioration that can lead to kidney disease and failure, according to a study in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation.
The conclusion is at odds with the most recent recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration, which in March rejected a citizen’s petition to remove Crestor from the market. At the time, the FDA said Crestor, which has been aggressively marketed by AstraZeneca LP, appeared to be no more dangerous than other statins for most people.
Petition to FDA to remove the colesterol-lowering drug rosuvastain (Crestor) from the market
Public Citizen, representing 160,000 consumers nationwide, hereby petitions the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pursuant to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act 21, U.S.C. Section 355(e)(3), and 21 C.F.R. 10.30, to immediately remove from the market rosuvastatin (Crestor-AstraZeneca) before additional cases of life-threatening rhabdomyolysis and kidney failure/kidney damage occur.
We have obtained new information from the FDA and health agencies in Canada and the U.K. concerning serious post-marketing adverse reactions — including seven cases of life-threatening rhabdomyolysis (muscle destruction) and nine cases of kidney failure or kidney damage — in patients mostly using lower doses of this recently-approved cholesterol-lowering drug, rosuvastatin. We have also become aware of decisions by major U.S. health insurers and by the Swedish government not to reimburse for the drug. This information re-emphasizes the basis for which we strongly urged the FDA not to approve it last year and subsequently advised people not to use the drug once it was approved. The urgency of this petition is heightened by the fact that AstraZeneca is currently launching a major direct-to-consumer advertising campaign to promote the drug
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