Lipitor is a cholesterol medication that has been the top-selling drug in the world. Though doctors have prescribed the drug to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in both men and women who are at risk for heart disease, there is little evidence of Lipitor’s effectiveness in reducing heart attacks in women. The Journal of Empirical Studies has published a study which illustrated these findings regarding Lipitor. Furthermore, Pfizer, the maker of Lipitor, does not disclose in its advertising that the clinical trial results for Lipitor were not significant for women. Thus, there may be a skewed perception of how effective Lipitor may be in protecting women against heart attacks. According to the authors of the study,
Our findings indicate that each year, reasonably healthy women spend billions of dollars on drugs in the hope of preventing heart attacks but that scientific evidence supporting their hope does not exist.
Women should be aware of this data, so that they can make informed decisions about their healthcare.