Lipitor Lawsuit FAQ


How did the Lipitor lawsuit start?
  • Recent medical studies have linked Lipitor (atorvastatin) to an increased risk of Type-2 diabetes, especially in older women. Lipitor is one of the most popular cholesterol drugs on the market, and has been prescribed to millions to help lower their cholesterol.
Have any Lipitor lawsuits been filed?
  • Currently, there have been no trials or settlements in the Lipitor litigation. However, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) heard arguments in July 2013 to decide if Lipitor lawsuits should be consolidated and overseen by one judge, and a decision on this hearing is expected to be announced in the near future.The data from studies linking Lipitor to the development of Type-2 diabetes has led many women that have been prescribed Lipitor or have been diagnosed with the condition while taking the drug to file a Lipitor lawsuit against Lipitor’s manufacturer, Pfizer, for failing to warn consumers of the Type-2 diabetes risk associated with Lipitor.
I take Lipitor and have been diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes, am I entitled to compensation?
  • If you developed Type-2 diabetes while taking Lipitor, then you may have a case. However, before you can be entitled to compensation, you must file a Lipitor lawsuit, and potential plaintiffs have to prove that their diagnosis for Type-2 diabetes resulted while using Lipitor.An experienced Lipitor lawyer at Levin, Papantonio can help you file a Lipitor lawsuit so you or your loved one can be compensated for injuries sustained while taking Lipitor. Click here for a free case evaluation and let us help you determine if you can file a Lipitor lawsuit.
Should I file a Lipitor lawsuit?
  • This is a question people often ask if they are uncertain of whether they have a “successful” lawsuit. There are a few things to consider:1) Have you taken Lipitor (atorvastatin)?
    2) Do you have Type-2 diabetes?
  • If you answer “Yes” or  “Maybe” to any of these questions, do not hesitate to contact an attorney to have your circumstances evaluated.
How do I file a Lipitor lawsuit?
  • Contact us for a free evaluation of your situation, and an experienced Lipitor lawyer can help you determine if you have a case to file a Lipitor lawsuit against Pfizer. It’s that simple!
I have filed a Lipitor lawsuit, how much compensation am I going to receive?
  • It is difficult to predict the amount of compensation you will receive as the amount of compensation varies from case to case. The amount of compensation may be based on pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, and other problems the plaintiff may have experienced in their situation.
What is Lipitor used for?
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a drug prescribed to help lower cholesterol in men and women. Lipitor belongs to a class of drugs known as statins, and is the most widely-used statin drug on the market. Statins work by blocking an enzyme made by the liver that is used by the body to produce cholesterol. By blocking this enzyme, the patient’s cholesterol levels are lowered.
What are the side effects of Lipitor?
  • Side effects of Lipitor may include:
    • Muscle damage
    • Myopathy (muscular weakness)
    • Kidney damage and failure (renal failure)
    • Liver failure
    • Memory loss
    • Death
Is there a relationship between Lipitor and diabetes?
  • Yes, studies have associated the use of Lipitor to an increased risk of developing Type-2 diabetes, especially in postmenopausal women. A study published in 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that postmenopausal women who took Lipitor saw a 48 percent increase in the risk of developing Type-2 diabetes over those who did not take the drug.
What is Atorvastatin?
  • Atorvastatin calcium is the non-brand name of Lipitor.
Does Lipitor cause muscle twitching or spasms?
  • Lipitor is known to cause muscle weakness, tenderness, and pain. Frequent muscle twitching or spasms while taking Lipitor may be an indicator of an unrelated condition, and it is advised that you contact your physician with any questions you may have concerning this symptom.
What is the difference between Lipitor and Simvastatin (Zocor)?
  • Zocor, manufactured by Merck Pharmaceutical Company, is also a drug prescribed to lower cholesterol to reduce the chances of stroke and heart disease, and is marketed as a generic alternative to Lipitor.
Does Lipitor have a different effect on men and women?
  • Studies have linked the association of Type-2 diabetes in men and women who have taken Lipitor. However, the risk for developing Type-2 diabetes while taking Lipitor is much higher in women than in men.
What happens when I stop taking Lipitor? Are there side effects?
  • Preliminary studies have implied that abruptly stopping Lipitor or any statin drug may leave the patient more vulnerable to a heart attack or stroke. However, further studies are needed to validate this notion and it is advised that you consult with your physician before you stop taking Lipitor.