Lipitor Wins FDA Approval For Expanded Use in Treating Heart Disease

The Food and Drug Administration approved expanded use of Pfizer's blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor to five new categories, the company said today.

Pfizer , the world's biggest drugmaker, said the FDA approved the drug for new uses including treating nonfatal heart attacks, fatal and nonfatal strokes, certain types of types of heart surgery, hospitalization for heart failure, and chest pain in patients with heart disease.

It said it is the first cholesterol-lowering drug to win approval for hospitalization for heart failure.