Lipitor® is the brand name for a Pfizer pharmaceuticals-produced drug called atorvastatin. The drug is intended to control high cholesterol, but since its release in 1996, some female patients taking Lipitor® began to develop type 2 diabetes.
The problems with Lipitor® became so bad that in 2012, the FDA demanded that Lipitor® labels be updated to include warning of these severe side effects. The drug was also “black-boxed”, which means that doctors were required to inform patients of these side effects before the patient took the drug.
While sometimes women taking Lipitor® develop type 2 diabetes due to weight gain, in many cases, it is Lipitor that causes the diabetes. If you think you might have type 2 diabetes related to your use of Lipitor®, and you identify with the below, consult your doctor right away.
- You are a woman under the age of 65
- Your doctor prescribed you Lipitor® before 2012
- You had taken Lipitor® for at least six months before you developed type 2 diabetes
- You developed type 2 diabetes while on Lipitor® or within six months of stopping Lipitor®
- Your BMI did not change dramatically during the time you were taking Lipitor®
McDivitt Law Firm has previously assisted clients with Lipitor cases but is no longer taking new cases.