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Lipitor - Increased Risk of Diabetes

Lipitor was first approved by the FDA for use in 1996. It is currently, according to the news organization, Reuters, the best selling prescription drug in the world with sales over $130 Billion.

How It Works

Lipitor is prescribed by physicians to reduce the production of bad cholesterol in the blood stream to prevent cardiac disease and heart attacks. These medications are commonly referred to as statins. Lipitor has been at the top of the list of best-selling drugs for many of its years on the market.

A Concern Raised by the FDA & Others

In February 2012, Pfizer and other manufacturers of statins added a warning to the label of Lipitor that stated,

"Increases in HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels have been reported with HMG-Co-A reductase inhibitors, including Lipitor.

Simply stated, there are reports that taking statins such as Lipitor increase the risk of blood sugar levels and diabetes. The research and reports that prompted this warning showed that women who were post-menopausal faced a more significant risk.

Prior to the warning, in March 2011, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology published a study directed by Dr. David Water, at the University of California at San Francisco, which further confirmed the findings of a risk of diabetes. The study compared three groups of patients on Lipitor (high dose, low dose and a placebo) and found that patients taking any amount of Lipitor had a 37% increase in the risk of developing diabetes.


Dangerous drug attorney Michael Sudekum is investigating claims of women who developed diabetes and related complications while taking the statin Lipitor.

If you developed diabetes while taking this medication, you may have a claim. Please contact us for a free discussion of your rights.