Crestor: Who Can Sue?
If you, or a family member, have been diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, kidney damage or drug-induced hepatitis after taking Crestor, you may have a claim against the manufacturer.
If a family member has died from acute renal failure (ARF) or any of the above conditions that you believe could be linked with prescribed use of Crestor, you may seek a legal remedy and compensation.
Because the statute of limitations and other factors may play a role in your right to sue, don’t jeopardize your legal options by waiting too long to take action.
Examples of Negligence
According to the public interest group, Public Citizen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of 29 cases of renal failure or renal insufficiency in the first year after Crestor’s release. There were 65 cases of rhabdomyolysis reported within the same time frame. These represented potential personal injury and wrongful death claims against the manufacturer.
One of the first Crestor lawsuits was filed in 2005 by a Pennsylvania woman who claims that the drug led to her daughter’s death from kidney damage and muscle weakness. The mother seeks compensatory and punitive damages from AstraZeneca for the death attributed to Crestor.
The lawsuit charges that AstraZeneca encouraged improper use of Crestor, misrepresented the safety and effectiveness of the drug and concealed or understated its dangerous side effects.
None of the growing list of Crestor lawsuits has yet gone to trial, so there is no way to estimate how much compensation Crestor victims might one day receive. Nevertheless, it is likely that Crestor litigation will follow the path of another controversial cholesterol drug, Baycol (cerivastatin).
Baycol was approved by the FDA in 1997 and pulled from the market in 2001. Like Crestor, Baycol belonged to the statin family of anti-cholesterol drugs. Baycol was linked to at least 31 deaths from rhabdomyolysis, the same devastating side effect now linked to Crestor.
In 2001, after more than 30 deaths were linked to Baycol in addition to reports of kidney, liver and muscle problems, the FDA announced that Bayer was voluntarily withdrawing the drug from the market.
Baycol was the subject of one of the largest lawsuits ever filed against a major pharmaceutical company. As of late 2008, the settlement figure for Baycol lawsuits had passed $1 billion.
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