Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) is a statin drug that doctors prescribe to manage cholesterol by lowering LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in blood. According to a recent study by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, postmenopausal women who have taken Lipitor or other statin drugs were almost 50% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who did not take the medication. Lipitor went on sale in 1997, and went on to make over $125 billion in sales. In 2012, the FDA ordered Pfizer, the makers of Lipitor, to add warning labels about the increased risk for diabetes.
LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. LDL cholesterol is often called “bad” cholesterol, because studies have shown that higher levels of some types of LDL are associated with health problems, including cardiovascular disease.
Triglycerides are the major form of fat stored by the body. Triglycerides in the blood are used to provide energy to the body. If you have extra triglycerides, they are stored in different places in case they are needed later. High triglyceride levels have been linked to a greater chance for heart disease.
Lipitor belongs to the class of drugs called statins, which inhibit the body’s production of cholesterol by blocking the action of a liver enzyme.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Diabetes is caused by a problem in the way your body makes or uses insulin.
The early symptoms of diabetes may include:
• Bladder, kidney, skin, or other infections that are more frequent or heal slowly
• Increased thirst
• Increased urination
• Blurred vision
• Erectile dysfunction
• Pain or numbness in the feet or hands
The dangerous side effects of the prescription drug Lipitor include:
• Increased risk of diabetes
• Muscle Problems
• Liver Problems
• Upset Stomach
• Muscle and Joint Pain
• Alterations in Some Laboratory Tests
• Tendon Problems
• Memory Loss
At the law firm of Rudolph F. X. Migliore, P.C., we are currently investigating Lipitor claims and initiating lawsuits against Pfizer, the manufacturer of Lipitor, on behalf of women who have taken the drug and have developed diabetes. Our firm offers a free case evaluation to find out if you have grounds for a claim.
If Lipitor has caused you serious harm, you may be eligible to file a product liability claim. It is important to contact an experienced product liability lawyer as soon as possible. The time you have to file a claim is governed by a statute of limitations, which varies from state to state. If you do not file within the time set by the statute of limitations, you will lose your right to recover compensation. In New York, an action must be brought within three years of the date the injury occurred.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes and believe the prescription drug Lipitor may have caused the condition, contact the New York law firm of Rudolph F. X. Migliore at (631) 543-3663 or fill out a contact form. An experienced product liability attorney will evaluate your case free of charge. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin to work on your case. We work with nationally recognized associated firms to reach major verdicts and settlements.