Hundreds of people who said they were injured by the popular cholesterol drug Crestor sued maker AstraZeneca. Those lawsuits have all been dismissed, withdrawn or quietly settled. A whistleblower lawsuit filed by former AstraZeneca employees was still pending in Texas in March 2018.
* UPDATE: Courts dismissed most Crestor lawsuits. The rest were settled or withdrawn. Drugwatch’s legal partners are not accepting Crestor cases at this time.
Lawsuits blamed Crestor for serious side effects. These include kidney damage, liver damage, severe muscle injury and Type 2 diabetes.
Crestor users filed more than 1,200 lawsuits in California state courts. Judges dismissed more than 1,000 of those lawsuits filed by out-of-state plaintiffs.
AstraZeneca released a financial report on Feb. 2, 2018. The report said the company resolved all product liability claims involving Crestor. The company didn’t disclose any further information.
Four former AstraZeneca employees filed whistleblower lawsuits in 2013 against the company. The Texas attorney general joined the consolidated case. As of March 2018, that lawsuit was still pending in Travis County, Texas.
Drugwatch’s legal partners are not accepting cases involving Crestor. But this could change in the future.
Status of Crestor Lawsuits
Hundreds of patients filed lawsuits blaming Crestor for injuries. California courts dismissed the vast majority of those lawsuits.
According to AstraZeneca, it has resolved all product liability lawsuits involving Crestor.
Injuries Mentioned in Crestor Lawsuits
Patients who sued AstraZeneca blame Crestor for various serious conditions. These injuries include diabetes and rhabdomyolysis.
Rhabdomyolysis is a severe muscle injury that can damage the kidneys.
Lawsuits also mentioned liver damage.
Patients blamed Crestor for severe muscle injuries, diabetes and liver damage.
Accusations Against AstraZeneca
People who filed lawsuits said AstraZeneca knew Crestor was defective and dangerous. They said AstraZeneca failed to warn the public about the risks of taking Crestor.
Lawsuits also accuse the company of deceptively and misleadingly promoting the drug. And they allege AstraZeneca failed to adequately test Crestor.
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Elaine Silvestrini is a career journalist with a strong desire to learn, explain, and help people. At Drugwatch, Elaine has reported about trials over whether talcum powder caused ovarian cancer and allegations that Androgel causes heart problems in patients who use it. She has chronicled the billions of dollars generated for big pharmaceutical companies by certain drugs and efforts to warn consumers about the dangers of specific medical problems. Elaine has received six health literacy certificates for completing courses offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She brings more than 20 years of experience covering state and federal court systems, learning the intricacies of criminal and civil law, developing investigative pieces about how the law affects people’s lives and digging through and digesting reams of court records on a daily basis.