The prescription drug Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a medication which has been prescribed to hundreds of thousands of people to lower their cholesterol which is expected to prevent heart disease and stroke. Lipitor acts by blocking the liver enzyme which controls cholesterol production. InFebruary of 2012, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Warnings and Precautions regarding Lipitor stating, “It is recommended that liver enzyme tests be obtained prior to initiating therapy with Lipitor and repeated as clinically indicated. There have been rare postmarketing reports of fatal and non-fatal hepatic failure in patients taking statins, including atorvastatin.” Thus, patients on Lipitor should undergo regular blood work.
These FDA Warnings and Precautions also stated, “Increases in HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels have been reported with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, including Lipitor.” Thus, there is a risk of being diagnosed with diabetes mellitus after taking Lipitor. An Op-Ed opinion piece ran on March 04, 2012 in the New York Times written by Eric J. Topol stated the following regarding Lipitor and diabetes: “We’re overdosing on cholesterol-lowering statins, and the consequence could be a sharp increase in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.” “More than 20 million Americans take statins. That would equate to 100,000 new statin-induced diabetics. Not a good thing for the public health and certainly not good for the individual affected with a new serious chronic illness.” Eric J. Topol is a cardiologist at the Scripps Clinic, a professor of genomics at the Scripps Research Institute and the author of “The Creative Destruction of Medicine.”
If your physician has prescribed Lipitor for you, you should immediately discuss whether there are safer alternative drugs for you. After weighing the risks and benefits, you and your physician can determine what drug is best for you. If you live in California, have taken Lipitor, and have developed Type 2 diabetes, you should know that attorney and physician Paul J. Molinaro is available to answer your legal questions and help you determine whether you are entitled to compensation from the manufacturer of this drug. You can reach Paul J. Molinaro, M.D. J.D. toll free at (888)MDJDLAW. The initial consultation is also free, and if Paul determines that you have a case, and you decide to hire Paul, he will represent you on a contingent basis.