Pfizer Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
Pfizer has a market cap valuation of over $200bn and generates $51.75bn in sales every year. Lipitor was launched in the 90s to reduce high cholesterol and heart disease. It is manufactured by Pfizer and sold by them. Since launch and up to 2020 it has earned Pfizer close to $130bn in total sales. It still sells around £2bn worth of Lipitor every year now but it was once as high as $11bn.
What is Lipitor?
‘LIPITOR is a prescription medicine that lowers cholesterol in your blood. It lowers the LDL-C (“bad” cholesterol) and triglycerides in your blood. It can raise your HDL-C (“good” cholesterol) as well. LIPITOR is for adults and children over 10 whose cholesterol does not come down enough with exercise and a low-fat diet alone’. (Taken directly from Pfizer’s website)
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) side effects of Statin;
- Muscle Pain, muscle aches, muscle damage, tenderness, or weakness
- Mental issues, confusion, memory loss, other cognitive issues
- Fever, Fatigue, unexplained tiredness, drowsiness
- Dark coloured urine, frequent urination, urinating less than usual or not at all
- Inflammation and swelling
- Weight gain, weight loss, Increased thirst, hunger, dry mouth
- Dry skin, Blurred Vision
- Nausea, stomach pains, loss of appitite, clay coloured stools,
- Itching, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Get emergency medical help if you take Lipitor and have signs of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) including hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Side Effects of taking Statins and Legal Issues
In 2012 the FDA changed Lipitor’s labelling to include a warning of the drug’s link to high blood sugar and increased risk of diabetes. In a study of 470,000 newly prescribed patients, researchers found that Lipitor presented a higher risk of diabetes.
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) Ingredients
Active Ingredient: Atorvastatin calcium
Inactive Ingredients: Calcium carbonate, candelilla wax, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, Opadry White YS-1-7040 (hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, talc, titanium dioxide); polysorbate 80, simethicone emulsion.
The ingredients alone have a list of side effects that read like a who’s who of modern day diseases. Don’t be fooled by the inactive ingredients either; they are made to sound like they have no direct impact, but they would not be there if they didn’t.
Here are 3 ingredients with their known side effects or as I call them direct events.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) is a petroleum derivative that is made from Polythene and Ethylene Glycol which is the main ingredient in antifreeze and Polythene is a plastic that can be derived from plants, coal, natural gas or crude oil and when combined with glycol, it becomes a thick and sticky liquid.
Ethylene oxide (EtO), a chemical intermediate in the production of ethylene glycol, is carcinogenic to humans, concludes EPA’s latest draft hazard assessment.
Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifying agent consisting of sorbitol (sugar), ethylene oxide (Oil) is made by Shell, and oleic acid (vegetable oil). This product breaks the blood brain barrier. This barrier protects our brain from toxic substances, Polysorbate 80 allows these substances to enter. Ethylene Oxide is a known carcinogen.
One worrying factor of Polysorbate 80 is that the nanoparticles can target the brain directly which has been confirmed by studies.
Some of these toxic ingredients contain numerous other ingredients to make a whole compound.
Talc is an ingredient, Talc has been shown to contain Asbestos which is carcinogenic.
Titanium Dioxide is possibly carcinogenic to humans listed as a Group 2b by the IARC.