What is Lipitor?

Published on November 12, 2013 by Sandy Liebhard

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Lipitor, which was brought to market in 1996, is a statin drug used to treat high cholesterol. Lipitor works by reducing levels of “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of “good” cholesterol. Prior to its loss of patent protection in 2011, Lipitor generated peak sales of $13 billion a year for Pfizer, Inc.