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Crestor and Zocor Drugs Linked to Muscle Degeneration, Rhabdomyolysis

EDISON, N.J., July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Crestor and Zocor are widely-used prescription strength drugs designed to lower "bad cholesterol". Both drugs are classified as "statins", medicine which lowers blood cholesterol levels by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase. This group of drugs has had a controversial history, starting with Baycol, a drug similar to Crestor and Zocor, touted as a "super statin" before its recall from the market. Despite numerous objections from medical researchers and reputable consumer groups due to safety concerns, the drug was approved by the FDA in August of 2003, and launched a month later. Even before their FDA approval, these drugs showed signs of being linked to serious muscle and kidney problems, including the potentially fatal, muscle-destroying condition rhabdomyolysis.

Zocor and Crestor are strongly marketed by their parent companies, Merck and AstraZeneca respectively. By early 2004, 27% of all new prescriptions for statin drugs were for Crestor. The Wall Street Journal reported:

"AstraZeneca sales force (Crestor) was making more calls to doctors than any of its competitors. Beginning in late February, reflecting the sales calls, new prescriptions of Crestor began to rise and overtook Lipitor by the beginning of March 20."

This style of pharmaceutical marketing is so effective that in 2010, the statin Lipitor was the #1 selling drug in America by unit, with Crestor at #6.

Warning-sign side effects include:

  • muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
  • lack of energy
  • fever
  • chest pain
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • pain in the upper right part of the abdomen
  • nausea
  • extreme tiredness
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • loss of appetite
  • flu-like symptoms
  • sore throat, chills, or other signs of infection
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • swelling of the face, throat tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hoarseness
  • numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes

These drugs are extremely profitable for the companies that market, produce, and sell them, as well as potentially, extremely dangerous for those who pay for and consume them. Lawsuits are currently being brought against the companies producing Zocor and Crestor. Many people across America have experienced unnecessary and dangerous side-effects as a result of these drugs. One of the law offices conducting lawsuits into both Crestor and Zocor is Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP located in Edison, New Jersey and Toms River, New Jersey, a legal group with a history of award-winning legal services in the tri-state area and nationally in matters involving catastrophic personal injury, mass torts, medical malpractice, class actions, and consumer fraud litigation. Those who have been injured by Crestor or Zocor use should not hesitate to contact a lawyer.

Contact: Angela McKillop
Tel: (732) 777-0100
Fax: (732) 248-8273

SOURCE Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP
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