Crestor Lawsuit

Researchers have indicated that the cholesterol-lowering medication Crestor may be associated with serious side effects in patients. Crestor (rosuvastatin) is currently manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, and has been on the market in the U.S. since 2003. Crestor is one of a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or statins, which are commonly used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood. Crestor is frequently used to treat high cholesterol and to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart problems in people with coronary heart disease or diabetes. Despite the fact that Crestor is one of the most popular cholesterol drugs on the market, Crestor has become the subject of significant scrutiny in recent years, due to information about the severe side effects potentially associated with the drug. If you took Crestor and have since suffered from a serious side effect, fill out the Crestor Claim Review Form to discuss with a Crestor attorney the benefits of filing a Crestor lawsuit against AstraZeneca. 

What Went Wrong With Crestor

When Crestor entered the market in 2003, AstraZeneca marketed the drug as the strongest of the already powerful statin drugs available in the U.S. In fact, the standard starting dose for Crestor is so high that AstraZeneca claims it can reduce bad cholesterol by 46-52%. However, experts have indicated that most patients with elevated cholesterol have only mild or moderate elevations, requiring only modest doses of powerful statin drugs like Crestor. More specifically, most patients with high cholesterol require only a 20-30% reduction, which is significantly lower than the reduction boasted by Crestor maker, AstraZenenca. Because of this, experts fear that even the starting dosage of Crestor may expose patients to unnecessarily high levels of the potent statin, which may lead to life-threatening side effects.

Crestor Lawsuits for Side Effects

The FDA issued a public health advisory in 2005, warning patients and healthcare professionals about the risk of kidney failure and rhabdomyolysis in patients taking statin drugs like Crestor. As a result of this FDA notice, the FDA required AstraZeneca to add a warning to Crestor's label, informing consumers about the safe use of Crestor to reduce the risk of rhabdomyolysis. Unfortunately, consumers have not been adequately warned about the additional dangerous side effects allegedly linked to Crestor use, including:

  • Liver damage
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Type II diabetes

The side effects potentially associated with Crestor treatment are so severe that researchers have determined the drug has the poorest safety profile of the three most commonly prescribed statins on the market. As a result of this potential Crestor side effect risk, researchers have advised physicians to consider other statins besides Crestor as first-line cholesterol therapy, and to closely monitor patients for adverse events when the decision to use Crestor is made.

How a Crestor Lawsuit Can Help You

If you took Crestor to lower your cholesterol and have since suffered from a potential Crestor side effect, contact a Crestor attorney to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a Crestor lawsuit against AstraZeneca in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, the medical costs of treating your injuries, and the pain and suffering endured by you and your family. The main goal of potential Crestor lawsuits is to help injured victims protect their rights and hold the allegedly negligent drug company liable for their injuries. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug, and you should not be held accountable for the resulting consequences. By hiring a qualified Crestor attorney and filing a Crestor lawsuit against AstraZeneca, victims of potential Crestor side effects can collect the compensation they deserve and protect themselves and their family from further harm.

How to File a Crestor Lawsuit

Pharmaceutical companies like AstraZeneca are expected to produce and distribute safe medications, and should be held accountable for any adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. Unfortunately, some drug companies intentionally withhold dangerous drug information in an attempt to avoid a drug recall, or other negative consequences. This deceptive practice puts millions of consumers at risk of suffering unnecessary harm and possibly even death, just by taking their prescription medications. Some insurance companies may even work against injured victims, deliberately denying personal injury claims, or dragging a claim out over a long period of time in hopes the victim will simply give up. Too often, victims of pharmaceutical drug-related injuries are taken advantage of during their time of need. If you or a loved one has suffered from an alleged Crestor side effect, fill out the Crestor Claim Review Form to discuss your claim with a qualified Crestor lawyer.

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