Drug giant Pfizer facing almost 1,000 US lawsuits over its drug Lipitor

August 9, 2014 1:07 PM

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PfizerInc., the American multinational pharmaceutical corporation, is facing almost 1,000 US lawsuits by women who claim that the company knew about the possible serious side effects of its blockbuster anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor but never properly warned the public. The women say that because of the intake of the medicine, they developed type-2 diabetes.

After a review by Reuters of US federal court filings, the number of cases has shot up from 56 to almost 1,000 in the past five months. Initially the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave out a warning that the use of Lipitor and other statins had been linked to incidents of memory loss a...

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