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Crestor Class Action Lawsuits and Claims
In August 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium), the latest of six cholesterol reducing drugs called statins. Crestor is approved as an adjunct therapy accompanied by a low-cholesterol diet and exercise program to reduce the overall level of bad cholesterol in the blood stream. It was also touted for raising levels of High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (HDL-C)-good cholesterol-in many cases.
However, several consumer groups are asking the FDA to recall Crestor due in part to the reported serious complications within five months of Crestor’s approval. These groups cited three patients who developed kidney failure or muscle damage while taking the approved doses of Crestor. One 39-year-old woman died of kidney failure and rhabdomyolysis. In studies prior to Crestor’s approval, seven other people became ill with rhabdomyolysis
Crestor Side Effects
The FDA delayed approval of Crestor for a year after the drug agency expressed concern about Crestor side effects associated with 80-milligram doses. In May 2002, the FDA told AstraZeneca that it would need to resolve the agency’s concerns of potential kidney and muscle risk prior to being granted the ability to sell in the U.S. While all statins are associated to rare instances of rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle cells, Crestor had shown in studies before its approval that the potentially deadly disease had surfaced in seven people.
Non-profit public interest group Public Citizen claims that Crestor side effects are severe enough to warrant a ban on the drug, and that the FDA should never have approved Crestor in the first place, since at least seven incidences of severe Crestor side effects were reported during the drug’s trial phase. Rhabdomyolysis was also a side effect of another cholesterol drug, Baycol, which has since been removed from the market. While Crestor side effects appeared prior to its approval, Baycol’s side effects only appeared after the drug had been approved for the market.
The rate of reported kidney problems is about 75 times higher with Crestor than with all other drugs in the same class combined, consumer group Public Citizen said. According to its analysis, there have been 6.4 reports of acute kidney failure or kidney damage for every 1 million Crestor prescriptions filled.
Crestor side effects could prove crippling or even deadly – rhabdomyolysis occurs when a large number of skeletal muscle cells die, resulting in the release of a massive amount of muscle protein into the bloodstream. This leads to the deadliest of Crestor side effects, when the muscle protein becomes trapped in the kidneys, affecting the filtering process of the kidneys and leading to kidney failure. Related Crestor side effects include cardiac arrest resulting from potassium released from the damaged muscle cells, causing malignant heart rhythms.
These Crestor side effects could lead to debilitating medical conditions, or even death. For persons suffering from Crestor side effects, the financial costs can be enormous, but they don’t even begin to compare with the mental and emotional strain. Are you or is a loved one suffering from debilitating medical conditions that could be linked with the use of Crestor? Contact a Crestor lawyer now! You may have a lawsuit claim.