Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a drug manufactured and marketed by New York City based pharmaceutical company Pfizer. Lipitor was introduced in 1996 by Warner-Lambert Company, which was later bought by Pfizer.  Until its patent expired in late November 2011, Lipitor generated more than $125 billion in sales and produced one-fith of Pfizer’s income.  It belongs to the class of cholesterol lowering drugs known as statins.  There are a number of statins on the market, including Lescol (fluvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin), Livalo(pitavastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), and Zocor (simvastatin).  Lipitor is the best-selling statin.

How Does Lipitor Work?

Lipitor works to block fatty LDL cholesterol in the blood stream, and help protect against heart disease, heart attack, strokes, and vascular diseases. The less cholesterol released into the blood stream, the smaller the chance of a blocked artery.  Most evidence and studies available indicate that statins work well to prevent heart disease in people with high cholesterol that have no history of heart disease. The medical guidelines for statins recommend that people try to lower cholesterol through lifestyle modifications (diet and exercise). For those that tried diet and exercise but did not yield positive results, statins may be used.

The Problem With Lipitor

A study published in 2012 as part of the Women’s Health Initiative found evidence of a link between statin drugs and the development of type 2 diabetes in women, especially post-menopausal women. Another study, published in May 2014 in the British Medical Journal, revealed patients taking higher potency statins had a moderately increased risk of new onset diabetes compared with lower potency statins. The highest risk was in the first four months of taking statins.  The FDA issued a warning in February 2012 about a possible association between atorvastatin and Type 2 diabetes.

Lipitor Lawsuits

As of January 2015, more than 1,600 lawsuits have been filed against Pfizer by people who have taken the drug and been diagnosed with diabetes. The lawsuits allege that the manufacturer failed to warn patients about the increased risk of developing Type 2 diabietes. If you took or are taking Lipitor and have developed Type 2 diabetes, you may be entitled to financial compensation in a lawsuit. To learn more about your legal rights, contact us today for a free consultation.

Statute of Limitations

You have a limited period of time to file a lawsuit after being harmed by a dangerous drug. This amount of time varies depending on the state you live in and other factors.  If you have been injured, it is so important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible, before the statute of limitations expires and you cannot file a claim.