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June 12, 2006

Pfizer Sued Over Inadequate Lipitor' Warnings

According to an Associated Press story, two users of Lipitor, the most popular cholesterol-lowering medication, have brought suit in New York against Pfizer, its manufacturer, claiming that their use of the drug caused side effects of which they were not warned.  One man claims that the drug caused "debilitating pain, weakness, and memory problems."  The other claims that he suffered from neuropothy after using the drug.  Pfizer called the suits "baseless," saying that it has adequately warned of all potential side effects and cautions users to "tell your doctor if you feel any new muscle pain or weakness.  This could be a sign of rare but serious muscle side effects."

Dr. Robert Eckel, the President of the American Heart Association, says that the benefits of using Lipitor substantially outweigh its risks.

JDP

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