Girard Gibbs is investigating cases of women who have developed diabetes after taking Lipitor or atorvastatin despite having a healthy weight, diet and/or body mass index (“BMI”). Lipitor has been linked to an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes in women who take the medication to lower their cholesterol to prevent coronary heart disease. Girard Gibbs is investigating whether the maker of Lipitor did not adequately warn users of Lipitor that diabetes and other health complications would be a drug side effect in otherwise healthy women. The FDA now requires Pfizer and other statin-makers to include the risk of diabetes to labels of cholesterol-lowering drugs.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes while taking the drug Lipitor (or the generic atorvastatin) and would like a free, confidential consultation with an attorney, please fill out the form on the right or call toll-free (866) 981-4800.
What is Lipitor?
Lipitor is a medication prescribed to lower cholesterol. Lipitor is manufactured and sold by Pfizer and the FDA approved the drug in December 1996. It is prescribed as daily tablets in 10 mg to 80 mg doses. The generic version of Lipitor is called atorvastatin, and it is a member of the statin class of hypolipidemics. Over 29 million people in the United States have been prescribed Lipitor tablets according to Pfizer.
Like other statin medications, Lipitor prevents an enzyme in the liver from creating low density lipids (LDLs). LDLs are a type of cholesterol that blocks arteries (also known as “bad cholesterol”). Statins are prescribed to prevent the production of LDL and reduce the user’s risk of developing heart disease.
FDA Warning: Lipitor Tied to Increased Diabetes Risk
The FDA issued a safety warning on February 28, 2012, requiring label changes for Lipitor to include the increased risk of high blood sugar and that people who take the statin face an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Other manufacturers of cholesterol-lowering statins were also required to comply with the new guidelines.
If you are currently taking statins like Lipitor, discuss this information with your doctor. Do not stop taking any medication until you have discussed the risks and benefits with your health care provider.
Injured by Lipitor? Free and Confidential Consultation
The personal injury lawyers at Girard Gibbs are investigating the link between Lipitor and diabetes. If you are a woman who now has diabetes after taking Lipitor or another cholesterol-lowering statin, you may have a legal right to pursue financial compensation for your injuries or other damages. Fill out the form to the right or call (866) 981-4800 for a free confidential consultation concerning
Lipitor lawyer Ms. A.J. De Bartolomeo, a partner at Girard Gibbs, has over 20 years of experience in complex litigation, including representing women across the country who have been injured by defective drugs and faulty medical devices. Ms. De Bartolomeo continues to work on behalf of women who have suffered injuries from Yaz birth control pills, Mirena IUDs, Nuva Ring, and transvaginal mesh implants.