The Pfizer lawsuit was brought by Dr. Jesse Polansky, Pfizer’s director of outcomes management strategies from 2001 to 2003, and his responsibilities included reviewing some of the marketing materials for Lipitor and other Pifzer products. Polansky claims he was fired by Pfizer after complaining of the company’s marketing practices. The lawsuit says that Lipitor educational programs were run by companies paid by Pfizer through “unrestricted educational grants.” Polansky claims that these programs promoted off-label use of Lipitor. According to the Wall Street Journal, in his suit, Dr. Polansky said the Pfizer programs included deliberate misinformation promoting the idea that kidney-disease patients may need to be treated with statins. While kidney disease is recognized by some doctors as a risk for heart disease, it isn’t part of the federal guidelines that factor into Lipitor’s approved use.