Bring on the trials. With almost 500 product liability lawsuits filed against Pfizer, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel has issued an aggressive Case Management Order that lays out the organizational structure and timelines for handling the litigation. Judge Gergel is overseeing the cases which have been centralized as part of an MDL, the creation of which helps to prevent duplicative discovery and conflicting rules from different judges. MDLs also help to serve the convenience of the witnesses, parties, and the courts.
What is the problem with Lipitor?
Around since 1985, more than 17 million people having been prescribed Lipitor at one time or another, making it the world’s best-selling drug. But, like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Lipitor, prescribed to people who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes. Medical research indicates that people who have taken Lipitor and other statin drugs, are at an increased risk to become diabetic than those who have not taken the drug. With the increase varying from study to study, some report the increase to be as high 28 percent.