Taking statin medication should help prevent diseases, not create a new one. But according to the FDA, Lipitor® (atorvastatin calcium), which is designed to help lower bad cholesterol levels, has been associated with causing type 2 diabetes in women.

August 2014

Case Update:  Number of Lipitor Cases Rises to Thousands

In August 2014, a Reuters review of federal court filings showed that the number of all U.S. lawsuits filed by legal representatives against the manufacturer of Lipitor, Pfizer, increased from 56 to almost 1,000, representing approximately 4,000 women.

Lipitor Side Effects

A 2013 study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine found that “a wealth of evidence has established that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs…do increase the risk of new-onset diabetes,” with greater chances of development in women and the elderly.

This report followed a January 2012 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that indicated an increased risk for postmenopausal women who take Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) to develop type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Contact a Lipitor Attorney

Learning that you’ve developed a challenging new disease while trying to fight another is a difficult, life-changing event. Our lawyers are prepared to fight for you against this manufacturer and to use our medical litigation experience and resources to seek justice on your behalf. To review your potential claim, contact medical attorneys Kimberly Barone Baden or Ann E. Rice Ervin by email or call 1.800.768.4025.

Our Leadership Role in Lipitor Lawsuits

On April 8, 2014, Motley Rice co-founder Joe Rice was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Lipitor Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). The Lipitor MDL is consolidated in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, before the honorable U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel.

Background on Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium)

Lipitor, manufactured by Pfizer, received initial approval by the FDA in 1996 and currently remains on the market. Since then, the drug has been prescribed to more than 29 million patients in the United States and has been branded as “the best-selling drug in the history of pharmaceuticals.”

Pfizer promotes Lipitor as a drug that can lower the risk for stroke and other heart-related problems, including heart attack and chest pains in patients with heart disease or at risk for heart disease. The drug targets cholesterol by blocking an enzyme in the liver that the body uses to make cholesterol. When this enzyme is blocked it forces the liver to pull the necessary cholesterol-forming enzyme from the blood, which improves cholesterol levels overall.

In November 2011, additional manufacturers began offering generic versions of Lipitor, known as atorvastatin and atorvastatin calcium tablets. Watson Pharmaceuticals and Greenstone LLC manufacture the “authorized” generic versions of Lipitor for Pfizer.

Lipitor and Diabetes

In February 2012, the FDA issued a safety announcement about important safety changes being made to statin drug labeling to warn of potential risks including that “increases in blood sugar levels have been reported with statin use.”

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after taking Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium), contact medical attorneys Kimberly Barone Baden or Ann E. Rice Ervin by email or call 1.800.768.4025 to learn if you have a claim.

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