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Pfizer Is Sued Over Lipitor

June 09, 2006|From Reuters

NEW YORK — Two men who say Pfizer Inc.'s cholesterol fighter Lipitor caused health problems such as memory loss have sued the company, adding the world's bestselling drug to a long list of those targeted by plaintiffs' attorneys.

Charles Wilson, a 67-year-old Georgia man, charges that Lipitor caused his memory loss, nerve damage and bouts of fatigue, according to a lawsuit filed late Wednesday in New York Supreme Court.

Michael Mazzariello, a 47-year-old trial attorney from New York, also is suing Pfizer in a separate suit over problems he said were caused by Lipitor.

The $12-billion-a-year drug ruined his life by causing muscle and nerve damage and memory loss, Mazzariello said at a news conference Thursday.

Mazzariello took Lipitor for two months, and Wilson was on the drug for a little more than a year, they said.

A spokesman for Pfizer said the company would vigorously challenge in court all claims in these suits.

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