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Lipitor® Recall Issued for 191K Bottles Due to Musty Odor

What’s the problem?

October 8, 2010 – A Lipitor recall was announced by Pfizer, Inc. this week for 191,000 bottles of the cholesterol drug due to reports of a musty odor, which may have been caused by some bottles being stored on pesticide-treated pallets. The recall affects seven lots of the drug sold in the United States and Canada, as well as three lots that were sold to a Canadian generic drug supplier. All were packaged in bottles from a third-party supplier. The recall came after the drug maker began to receive reports from consumers about an odor from the Lipitor bottles. At least one illness has been reported in connection to the odor.

The recall affects 191,000 90-count bottles of 40 mg Lipitor and three lots of a generic. Five of the lots were sold in the U.S. and the rest were distributed in Canada. The five U.S. lot numbers, according to FDA, are 0855020, 0819020, 0842020, 0843020, and 0854020. All of the recalled lots have an expiration date of January 2013.

According to the FDA, the odor has been identified as 2, 4, 6 tribromoanisole, or TBA; a pesticide used to treat wood pallets where medicines are often stored. The same substance led to a massive recall of Johnson & Johnson drugs late last year, including Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl. In that case, the substance was reported to make people ill. Pfizer says that the bottles were actually recalled in August, but the announcement was not made until this week, to coincide with the FDA enforcement report.

Lipitor Update 11/26/12: 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. Click here to learn more.

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