Lipitor (atorvastatin)

Drug Class


Indication for Use

Hyper cholesterol


Type II diabetes


Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a medication marketed by Pfizer and prescribed by physicians to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels thus reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other dangerous health complications. Unfortunately Lipitor can cause serious side effects, including elevation in blood sugar levels which carries an increased risk for the development of new-onset Type II Diabetes, especially in women.

In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration issued a Safety Communication, calling for label changes and periodic monitoring of patients taking statins such as Lipitor. Lawsuits against Pfizer are currently pending across the country, with over 2000 coordinated in Multi District Litigation (MDL) 2502 before Judge Richard M. Gergel in the United States District Court for the State of South Carolina.