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A Crestor Injury and Lawsuit

If you have been injured from taking Crestor, it may be in your best interests to contact a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you receive compensation for your injury from taking Crestor.

What is Crestor? Crestor is the brand name for the drug rosuvastatin. Rosuvastatin is one of the drugs that are known as statins. Statins, or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are a class of drugs that are used to lower cholesterol levels. They do this by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. This enzyme plays a key role in the production of cholesterol in your liver.

Crestor was developed by Shionogi & Co.. Shionogi & Co. is a Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturer.

AstraZeneca is the company that markets Crestor in the United States. AstraZeneca is a major international healthcare company. It has healthcare sales of over $18.8 billion worldwide. Its sales in the United States are $8.7 billion.

In Japan, AstraZeneca and Shionogi jointly market Crestor. Outside of Japan, Crestor is marketed by AstraZeneca, and Shionogi receives royalty payments on all sales of Crestor that are outside of Japan.

Crestor was approved for use in the United States in 2003 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Crestor has become the fifth-highest selling drug in the United States.

At first, Crestor was prescribed to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and other heart complications in people who had coronary heart disease, diabetes or other risk factors. However, very soon after Crestor was approved, reports began appearing that people who had taken approved doses of the drug had developed kidney failure or muscle damage.

One of the reported problems was rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis is a rare but deadly muscle disorder that is characterized by the rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue. When this happens, massive amounts of proteins are sent into your bloodstream. These muscle proteins become trapped in your kidneys. This results in potentially fatal kidney damage and even kidney failure.

As a result, there were calls for Crestor to be recalled. However, AstraZeneca continued to aggressively market the drug and, in 2010, convinced the FDA that Crestor was also an effective preventative treatment. This has met with harsh criticism because the FDA has acknowledged studies that have associated statin drugs with various health problems.

Since March 2010, Crestor has been prescribed for people who are not suffering from cholesterol problems. It is since this time that a number of Crestor’s side effects have come to the forefront.

Here are some of the serious side effects that you may have experienced from taking Crestor

They are:

  • Memory loss
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Rhabdomyolysis

Concerns over the potential side effects of Crestor are significant because of past troubles that AstraZeneca has had with improper drug marketing. In 2011, AstraZeneca came to a record $68.6 million settlement with the attorney generals of 37 states and the District of Columbia over allegations that it improperly marketed the antipsychotic drug, Seroquel.

Once again, if you have suffered an injury from taking Crestor, it may be in your best interests to contact a personal injury attorney.