Lipitor is a cholesterol-lowering drug in the family of pharmaceuticals known as statins. Statin drugs are grossly over-prescribed, provide marginal benefit for a small subset of patients, and come with serious side effects.

Here is a screen shot from a Lipitor ad, note the last sentence:

LIPITOR has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks.


No doubt Pfizer’s lawyers required the marketing team to disclose the uncomfortable truth about Lipitor: it does not do what people think it does. They have spent millions in development and marketing of this drug and still have to post this disclaimer. So why would anyone risk the side effects?

Here is another screen shot I took today from the Lipitor website. Sounds lovely.