Does Lipitor Cause Diabetes?

Lipitor, a popular medication taken to lower cholesterol, as well as its generic version, atorvastatin, have been linked to an increased risk for diabetes in women.

Like other statin medications, Lipitor prevents an enzyme in the liver from creating low density lipids (LDLs). The drug works to prevent the production of LDLs, a type of cholesterol that blocks arteries, and reduce the user’s risk of developing heart disease. Unfortunately, a January 2012 study published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that women between the ages of 50 and 79 who took statin medicines like Lipitor were 48% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who did not. This is a significant increase from studies conducted in earlier years. In early 2012, the FDA required pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, to update the drug’s label to include the increased risk of causing type 2 diabetes.

Our lawyers are reviewing Lipitor cases involving claims that Lipitor may have caused diabetes. If you think you or someone you love may have diabetes as the result of having taken Lipitor, call one of our Lipitor lawyers at 800-553-8082. You can also get a free Internet consultation for your potential lawsuit.

Note: You can get an August, 2013 update on the Lipitor litigation here