Lipitor, the worlds best-selling prescription medication, has been linked to side effects such as increased blood sugar levels and memory loss. Patients, especially women, who have taken statins like Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor are at increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
The FDA added the new safety alerts in 2012 after several studies showed that some patients that used statins had an increased risk of higher blood sugar levels, leading to a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Labels for statins now include warnings about cognitive effects, after patients have reported memory loss and confusion while using the medication.
Drugs Increase Diabetes Risk
More than 29 million people in the United States have been prescribed Lipitor, which suggests that thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of patients may have been affected by these side effects. Patients that are experiencing adverse side effects from cholesterol medications should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Lawsuits are proceeding around the country against Pfizer, the maker of Lipitor, who is accused of concealing these side effects for years before the FDA investigation.
If you or a loved one has been harmed after taking a statin like Lipitor, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other damages. Contact the dangerous drugs attorneys at Phillips Law Group to discuss your legal options. Sign up for a free case review by filling out the contact form on the law firm's website.