Crestor lawyers are defective drug attorneys who are dedicated to zealously advocating the rights of those who have been seriously injured due to use of the cholesterol medication known as Crestor (generically rosuvastatin). Despite being effective at lowering certain types of fats in the blood (tryglcerides) and high levels of total or LDL cholesterol (while simultaneously increasing levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol), Crestor has been found to:
- cause some patients to develop rhambdomyolysis, severe muscle deterioration that releases kidney-damaging proteins into the blood and can, ultimately, trigger kidney dysfunction
- increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by approximately 9 percent (according to an Elsevier study published in February 2010 by the Lancet)
Background on Crestor
Available in 5, 10, 20, and 40 milligram doses, Crestor was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2003 for the treatment of high cholesterol and in February 2010 for the prevention of hear attack (and other heart complications) in high-risk patients (i.e., those with diabetes or coronary heart failure). About one year after its first FDA approval, AstraZeneca had generated more than $1 billion in Crestor sales, and approximately 4 million people worldwide were taking this medication.
Public Citizen Petitions FDA for Crestor Recall
In 2004, a public advocacy group known as Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to remove Crestor from the U.S. market. One year later, the FDA denied this request and stated that:
- Crestor carried no more risk of serious side effects than other similar medications also classified as “statins”
- patients of Asian ethnicity should take the lowest dose of Crestor due to their increased risk of developing serious Crestor side effects
Because Crestor remains available in the U.S., more patients will likely sustain serious health complications as a result of this drug ” and those who do may be able to secure compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, permanent disabilities, pain, and suffering by working with skilled Crestor attorneys.
Those who have experienced any of the above serious Crestor side effects may have a compelling case against AstraZeneca, the distributer of Crestor in the U.S. Injured parties may be able to secure the compensation they deserve by working with an experienced Crestor side effects lawyer. Injured parties are encouraged to stand up for their legal rights.
If you or a loved one has been affected by Crestor side effects, you should contact our Crestor lawyers immediately for a free and confidential case review. You may be entitled to legal compensation, and Chaffin Luhana can help.