National Lipitor Litigation Lawyers

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The FDA first approved Lipitor in 1996 to treat high cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease. To increase Lipitor profits, Pfizer began heavily promoting Lipitor to consumers and physicians. Lipitor promotion exceeded tens of millions on advertising alone, leading to its popularity among men and women with high cholesterol. Since it was approved, it has become the best-selling drug in pharmaceutical history with sales exceeding $125 billion. It provides its pharmaceutical manufacturer, Pfizer, with a quarter of their annual revenue every year.

Unfortunately, Lipitor’s benefits were not without cost. Since its approval, studies have linked Lipitor to developing Type 2 diabetes, a lifelong condition that causes high blood sugar levels in patients. Researchers suspect that Lipitor inhibits the function of the pancreas and can also decrease the body’s sensitivity to the insulin it produces.

One of those studies was published in January 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. This study found that women between the ages of 50 and 79 were 48% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes after taking Lipitor than other women their age. This was not the only study to reach such conclusions.

In light of this research, the FDA released a statement warning men and women that Lipitor and other statin drugs could be associated with an increase in developing high blood sugar levels and Type 2 diabetes. They also required Pfizer to update Lipitor’s warning label.

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Why is Lipitor prescribed?

Lipitor is usually prescribed to patients with high cholesterol levels. It has the ability to reduce levels of bad cholesterol (LDL and Triglycerides) and increase the good cholesterols (HDL) in the body. It can also be used to lower the risk of strokes, heart attacks, and coronary heart disease problems, and has been used in adults and children over the age of 10.

Type 2 Diabetes and Other Lipitor Side Effects

Lipitor and other statin medications can cause serious side effects and medical complications, including:

  • Chest pain
  • Peripheral edema
  • Myopathy
  • Acute renal failure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Liver problems
  • And more

Unfortunately, these side effects and health complications have led to numerous lawsuits being filed against Pfizer. These lawsuits allege that the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings for these side effects and complications, including the increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. In addition, even after numerous studies linked Lipitor to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, Pfizer continued to promote their drug as safe and effective.

Contact Our National Defective Drug Attorneys Today

If you or someone you love has suffered adverse side effects or been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after taking Lipitor to control your cholesterol levels, you may be able to file a lawsuit. To learn more about your rights and legal options, contact our Philadelphia dangerous drug lawyers at Golomb & Honik, P.C. today. Call us directly at (215) 278-4449 or complete a case evaluation form online.