Will There Be A Lipitor Settlement for Diabetes Among Women?



Thousands of women throughout the United States have pursued a lawsuit after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes from Lipitor.

While substantial evidence suggested that Pfizer knew or should hae known about the increased risk of diabetes for otherwise healthy women, yet failed to provide adequate warnings for consumers or the medical community, new cases are no longer being reviewed by our law firm.

In February 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) established centralized and consolidated proceedings in the federal court system for all Lipitor diabetes lawsuits filed by women in the federal court system.

The cases were centralize before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel in the District of South Carolina as part of an MDL, or Multidistrict Litigation.

While such consolidation is often confused with a Lipitor class action suit, each claim actually remains an individual case where the plaintiff must establish that her diabetes was caused by Lipitor and Pfizer’s failure to warn consumers and the medical community.

In November 2015, the first federal Lipitor trial was expected to begin in the federal court system. While the outcome of the case would not be binding on any other women, it was expected to help the parties gauge how juries may respond to certain evidence and testimony that will be repeated throughout the litigation and evaluate.

Following a motion for summary judgment, the Judge Gergel granted Pfizer’s motion to dismiss the federal litigation and the decision was upheld on appeal.

Factors in Negotiating to Settle Lipitor Suits

Any negotiations to settle Lipitor lawsuits would have been based on what a jury was likely to award in each individual case, including an assessment of the relative strengths of the suit. If a case proceeds to trial, a jury would take into account the severity of the damage and the economic impact of the diabetes diagnosis on each individual plaintiff.

In determining the amount of any damages from Lipitor, the following are some of the common factors that a jury may consider, and which will be taken into consideration when evaluating a potential Lipitor settlement offer:

  • The extent and duration of the injury from Lipitor;
  • The effect that the diabetes diagnosis had on the overall physical and mental health or well-being of the plaintiff;
  • The pain and mental anguish suffered in the past and which will likely be suffered in the future;
  • The amount of any past or future medical expenses caused by Lipitor use;
  • Any lost wages or loss of earning capacity

The Lipitor diabetes lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are no longer being accepted. This page is maintained for informational purposes only.

Austin Kirk

Last Updated March 30, 2015

27 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Jeanette says:

    I have been on Lipitor for a while now & I’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes & I ‘am having other complications such micro protein in my my urine & my triglycerides are at 237 I just had lab work done on 7-20-2013

    Posted on July 28, 2013 at 3:42 am

  • Velida says:

    I had a stroke in 2002 from all the stress I was under,it was really a bad one. I was put on Lipitor in the hospital the attending doctor said it was only preventive, I never had High cholesterol problems or high sugar or high blood pressure. Since being put on Lipitor I have type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood. I was never tested for diabetes,I stayed sick a lot even asked my doctor to put me in the hospital to see why I was so sick all the time. This went on for 3 years, my husband are the ones that figured it out. I never showed any signs like a diabetic, thirsty, going to the bathroom a lot and really dry mouth. I was dizzy a lot passing out, could remember things I would get confused.

    Posted on August 20, 2013 at 12:31 am

  • nancy says:

    I got rhabdomylosis in 2007 and my diabetes ws just starting now I am totally out of control but I am in CANADA WHO CAN HELP ME … I FEEL LIKE I AM DYING

    Posted on August 24, 2013 at 4:41 am

  • harold says:

    Why i this for women ONLY I was on lipitor for a few years and now have developed Diabitis type 2

    Posted on January 3, 2014 at 9:33 am

  • cynthia says:

    my health was pretty good until I was put on medicine
    then with in 3-6 months I was told I needed to be checked for diabetes and in fact I did then I am told I have fibromyalgia/high blood pressure/chronic anxiety/
    heart problems my question is this I am still on a lot of medicine like these satin drugs and if the pharmacy company has to pay out for what they knew they were doing to women then I would like to have my compensation my health has gone down so much in the past 7 months and if they are not going to settle soon then I would like them at least to throw me a figure so I could borrow against it.

    Posted on February 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

  • Gwen says:

    Have taken the drug an I have type 2 diabetes.

    Posted on March 7, 2014 at 6:03 am

  • marcia says:

    My mother was on lipitor since 2001, she was soon diagnosed with diabetes, bronchitis.

    Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:14 am

  • John says:

    Don’t know why this is for women only? I have been on Lipitor for years and now at age 67 I have developed type 2 diabetes along with very hard to control hypertension. Along with the long list of blood pressure medications I’m now taking my doctor want’s me to take a prescription to control my blood sugar! I feel that Lipitor has put me on this road to poor health without proper warnings!

    Posted on March 30, 2014 at 1:16 pm

  • Janet says:

    I always had a good health report, started out on blood pressure meds (traimterene)it just seems that it goes from one illness to another, after being on blood pressure meds,

    Posted on June 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm

  • Steve says:

    Why is this just for women only? I took Lipitor for years and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes after taking it. Been treated for Type 2 Diabetes now for several years post Lipitor.

    Too bad they didn’t offer the warnings on Lipitor the years I was taking them!

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm

  • julia says:

    im writing on behalf of my mother,she started taking lipitor in 2004.since taking this medicine she has been diagnosed with all kinds of problems, such as inflamed liver, also her kidneys are affected from medicine. she been in the hospital now for well over a makes 10 days being hospitalized.seems to be getting worse but i pray to God she pulls through this also.

    Posted on September 29, 2014 at 11:59 am

  • Renee says:

    I took lipitor and now have type 2 and health issues that come with it. Also my identical twin never took it and doesnt have diabetes.

    Posted on October 13, 2014 at 3:28 pm

  • Carolyn says:

    I had been taking Lipitor and Astorvastin daily for over 4–5 yrs and now have diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I’m now taking Metform daily. I have No family history of Diabetes. This has altered my life dramatically.

    Posted on November 1, 2014 at 8:33 am

  • carole says:

    I am wondering if it is even worth it to join the lawsuit. Doesn’t very little, if any, of the money actually go to those of us who were harmed by this drug? I don’t have any problem with lawyers making money, but don’t they get almost all of it? If this lawsuit means we would only get maybe a couple hundred dollars, why bother?

    Posted on December 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  • A. says:

    I do not understand why this law suit is for women only. I was prescribed Lipitor in 2005 my blood sugar was normal at the time and in the past. After taking this medication a few months develop leg cramps and rapid heart beat and weakness. I found myself urination frequently. I stopped taking this medicine and call my doctor, who stated Lipitor was found safe with no complaints. I changed medicines, however a few months later my blood sugar was at the top of the scale at 12. I was put on diabetes medication and have been on it for years. This upsets me that no warning was given and now I am having to put up with meters, strips, medications etc. Perhaps this is due to my low testosterone level?

    Posted on March 23, 2015 at 11:10 pm

  • A says:

    Thought this article may be of interest to males having diabetes!!newsletters?id=AJAfXlOYZkAdtCcWmzBXyKkaUk3rRR5qxJYctpfNop1qFkcJmW_loc4dpa0oT089bA2&s=14148&mrdid=2c58dc9b-abd7-e411-be4f-e83935c0f4a9

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 2:13 pm

  • A says:

    followup from the above, the link below shows that FDA warns of Statins may cause type II diabetes . Their warning of statement was in March of 2015.

    Posted on April 6, 2015 at 11:30 pm

  • sandra says:

    I have always kept my weight within 5 lbs of my usual weight since I was 40 years old with diet and exercise.When my cholesterol got up to 200; my doctor suggested that I start taking Lipitor.No one told me sense I of post menopausal there would be a risk of me developing type 2 diabetes.If I was fully informed of the risk of developing diabetes I would have not taking Lipitor.After two years of taking Lipitor I was diagnosed with diabetes.I did not have any of usual signs of diabetes.No increase thirst,weight loss or frequent urination.I went to the ER for being extremely drowsy while driving and during lab work was found to have a glucose level of 585.I was not showing any ketones.So as a nurse I knew that this was not a natural metabolic change;but was mostly caused by one of my medications.Through research I found out about the link between Lipitor and Type 2 diabetes.I now after to take a medication to control my glucose level that cost $970.00 dollars every 3 months.My initial HGB1AC was 10.4.I am fearful of what this disease is during to my overall health in the future.The long term effect of diabetes can be very scary.

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 8:43 pm

  • David says:

    Why just females? I have been on atorvastatin for years and my glucose has been creeping up, now at 136 after taking a fasting lab.

    Posted on April 14, 2015 at 9:31 am

  • Taronda says:

    I haven taken Lipitor off and own for the last 10 years and have been di diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I am also suffering when anxiety high blood pressure depression muscle pain. I take over 17 different types of medications daily including medication for diabetes high blood pressure depression anxiety and have just been given another prescription for Lipitor. I’ve been off work off and on for over a year do to my illnesses. I have been to rheumatologist oncologist cardiologist neurologist nephrologist and nobody could tell me what’s going on with my body. I have always been and healthy individual careful about what I eat my weight, etc. My weight is up and down

    Posted on April 28, 2015 at 1:52 pm

  • Dean says:

    I have chronic kidney disease lll, diabetes type ll, from Lipitor, 10/04-10/05, injecting insulin for 7 years till 10/12, and am 62, 333lbs. I am a male with a BMI over 50.

    Posted on July 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • rena says:

    I was prescribed lipitor for “high chloreseral”< spelled wrong I KNOW ...and ON my BIRTHDAY a year later this is what my doctor said AND I QUOTE " Happy Birthday, you have diabetes" end quote. I cannot get mt A1c below 9.8. No matter what I do. My doctor said if it keeps going UP I may need to go on insulin shots. I have panic attacks just polking my FINGER to test blood NOW. I am beyond terrified of ANY needles...I fear if I am put on insulin...I will die from diabeties...I just cannot CAMNOT perposly inject myself. Prior to lipitor I WAS O am in danger of dying from diabeties. Thank you LIPITOR....and I AM a partisipant in the lipitor law suite.

    Posted on August 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

  • Vikki says:

    My mom carmen.took lipator and is a diabetic and lost her hearing and her teeth and has had problems with low blood pressure she deserves a good settlement she has stuffed alot

    Posted on January 21, 2016 at 11:08 am

  • Marilyn says:

    I took this stuff and now I have type 2 diebete, my sugar is also uncontrollably and before taking lipator iwas a healthy 175lbs.full of life and now I only weigh 119lbs,I guess that some comes from taking something that suppose to help, yea right.

    Posted on March 4, 2016 at 11:51 am

  • bette says:

    when will their be a settlememt?

    Posted on August 30, 2016 at 11:08 am

  • gina says:

    Hello, Iam writing in regards to this drug! My mother was on it for several years, then type 2 diabetes and kidney issues, then in final stages was placed in hospice where she passed away 3 months ago at the of 69, she also was on other meds that I feel was not good for anyone. She was given in hospice 3-5 days and lasted 11 weeks off of this drug! This is ashame what the med world is doing!

    Posted on September 7, 2016 at 6:52 am

  • Tim says:

    how about the men that had surgery sped up because of it and turned out to be a disaster I guess they maid enough to pay everybody off so people like me have to suffer!!!

    Posted on August 1, 2019 at 5:10 pm

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