What is Crestor?

Crestor is member of a class of drugs commonly referred to as “statins” and is used to lower cholesterol. AstraZeneca originally filed its application with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June of 2001. The application was delayed because of safety concerns revealed during clinical trials, which included reports of kidney damage and Rhabdomyolysis, a potentially life-threatening condition which causes muscle cells to breakdown.

What are the dangers associated with Crestor?

In July of 2003, Public Citizen, a national public interest group dedicated to protecting consumer interests, urged the FDA not to approve Crestor because of its safety concerns. Despite Public Citizen’s objections, the FDA granted approval in August of 2003, and AstraZeneca launched the drug in September of 2003.

Since its approval, Crestor has been linked to cases of Rhabdomyolysis, renal failure and at least one death. In March of 2004, Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to immediately remove the drug from the market to ensure the safety of American consumers. In a press release from Public Citizen, Sidney Wolfe, Health Research Director said, “This drug is already showing signs that it is too dangerous for people to take, and it is only a matter of time, after ‘enough’ people have been injured or killed, that it will have to be pulled from the market.” Dr. Wolfe went on to say, “The FDA should never have approved this drug in the face of such serious and potentially lethal adverse effects. The only way the agency can show it has concern for patient safety, and not industry wishes, is to pull Crestor from the market immediately.”

What can I do if I have been injured by Crestor?

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious side effect as the result of taking Crestor, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!

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