Lipitor is a cholesterol medication that can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, certain types of heart surgery, and chest pains in patients who have or are at risk of developing heart disease. Due to its popularity, Pfizer, the manufacturer of the drug, has made hundreds of millions of dollars on its sale. However, dangerous side effects have left some heart disease patients fighting two serious illnesses rather than one.
Lipitor has been linked to an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Statins, the class of drug Lipitor belongs to, can increase glucose levels, which can lead to diabetes. In 2012, the FDA released a drug safety communication outlining the link between statins and increased glycemic levels, as well as a link to the development of diabetes in women. However, patients who took Lipitor before 2012 were unaware of these risks, denying them the option to choose a safer treatment alternative.
If you were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after taking the cholesterol medication Lipitor, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. The first step is calling an experienced drug injury lawyer to protect your rights.