November 26, 2012 – Last week, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals announced that it is currently recalling certain lots of generic Lipitor (atorvastin calcium) after it was found to be contaminated with tiny shards of glass. The recall has sparked widespread concerns over the company’s manufacturing processes, and may result in a temporary shortage of the medication in the United States. The name brand version of Lipitor was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, and has since been linked to serious side effects including muscle and kidney damage, rhabdomyolysis, diabetes, and death.
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What’s the problem?
The generic Lipitor recall was issued after Ranbaxy discovered that the drug had been contaminated with small glass particles less than 1mm in size. To date, there have been no reports of injuries associated with this recall, but affected lots may pose a safety risk for consumers.
Lipitor is a cholesterol-lowering drug that belongs to a class of medications known as ‘statins’ which work by inhibiting an enzyme in the liver thought to be responsible for cholesterol production. Pfizer manufactures and markets the name brand of the drug, but the patent expired last November. In addition to Ranbaxy, generic Lipitor is also manufactured by Mylan and Watson Pharmaceuticals.
Due to widespread manufacturing problems, the FDA banned approximately 30 medications made by Ranbaxy in the United States. The company has also been accused of faking data sent to the FDA. Ranbaxy and the administration reached a consent decree earlier this year which requires the company to clean up its manufacturing processes until they are up to specs.
The generic Lipitor recall affects 41 lots of the drug sold in 10mg, 20mg and 40mg dosage strengths in 90 and 500-count bottles. The 80mg dose is not included in this recall. In 2010, Pfizer issued a number of recalls for the name brand version of Lipitor due to manufacturing problems that resulted in musty odors caused by a pesticide used on wood pallets that were used to ship the drugs.
Do I Have a Lipitor Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Lipitor lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new diabetes cases in all 50 states.
Free Lipitor Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after taking Lipitor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Lipitor suit and we can help.