In August 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Crestor as a cholesterol-reducing drug. Together with a low-cholesterol diet and exercise program, Crestor (or the generic version "rosuvastatin calcium") is supposed to reduce the level of bad cholesterol in your blood stream, and in some cases may also raise your good cholesterol levels. However, there have been reports that people taking Crestor have developed certain serious conditions, including the following:
- Muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis)
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
Crestor Side Effects and Recall
Several consumer groups asked the FDA to recall Crestor due in part to the reported serious side effects that arose after Crestor's approval. These groups cited cases where patients developed kidney failure or muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis) while taking the approved doses of Crestor. One 39-year-old woman even died of these conditions; and in studies prior to Crestor's approval, seven other people became ill with rhabdomyolysis.
Symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include:
- Muscle pain and weakness
- Dark urine
People who have a greater risk of developing muscle injury while taking Crestor include:
- Those taking certain HIV or hepatitis C drugs
- Those over 65 years old
- People with hypothyroidism
- Asian patients
In 2005, the FDA issued an alert that serious muscle damage had been reported in people taking Crestor and similar drugs, but denied the request to remove Crestor from the market. In 2012, the drug manufacturer updated Crestor's label to include warnings about liver injury, negative brain-related side effects like memory loss and confusion, and an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
As a result of this debate and the alleged complications, Crestor lawsuits have been filed across the nation. Plaintiffs argue that the drug was designed, produced, distributed, and marketed despite the manufacturer's knowledge that it was a dangerous and defective product. They also argue that the manufacturer and distributor not only failed to adequately warn consumers of the dangers of taking Crestor, but actually hid test results which linked the drug to dangerous diseases.
In these types of lawsuits, the injured party usually seeks to recover da mages for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Pharmaceutical companies have had to pay billions of dollars in recent years to settle lawsuits like these. Currently, thousands of Crestor lawsuits are pending against the drug manufacturer, Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, including a mass tort action in California and a whistleblower lawsuit in Texas.
Feeling Crestor's Side Effects? Receive a Free Legal Evaluation
Have you taken Crestor? Are you struggling with symptoms that could potentially be linked to your use of Crestor? If you have suffered as a result of taking this drug, now is the time to assert your rights. Receive a free evaluation from an experienced attorney before it's too late to have your claim considered.
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