Transcript - Lipitor - Linked to the Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

Lipitor, the best-selling drug of all time, has been linked to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Manufactured by Pfizer, the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor significantly reduces the risks of heart attacks and heart disease.

However, US health regulators are adding warnings to the labels indicating the drug may raise blood sugar levels and could cause memory loss. A study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School reports that when taking a statin such as Lipitor, women were 50% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who did not take statins. It is still unclear just how many women have been affected, but in 5 months the number of lawsuits filed by women claiming that Lipitor gave them type 2 diabetes went from 56 to about 1,000.

Despite the research linking Lipitor to type 2 diabetes, the drug remains on the market and continues to be a substantial moneymaker for Pfizer, bringing in $2.3 billion in 2013. If you’ve been prescribed Lipitor and were later diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you may want to discuss these side effects with your doctor.

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