According to the Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer has voluntarily issued a recall for Lipitor, a popular prescription medication used to treat high cholesterol. This recall was released October 9, 2010.
What is being recalled?
Approximately 191,000 bottles of Lipitor are involved in this recall.
What’s the problem?
Though no illnesses or injuries have been reported, the bottles have a strange smell to them. The smell was reported by three people back in July, and the recall began in August, but the FDA didn’t make its release of the recall until early October.
Which specific bottles are included in the Lipitor Recall?
Each bottle included in the Lipitor recall contains 90 40mg tablets. The bottles have lot numbers of 0855020, 0819020, 0842020, 0843020, and 0854020, and they all bear an expiration date of 01/13.
What do I do now?
If your prescription matches that of the bottles included in the Lipitor recall, Pfizer says you should continue taking your medicine as prescribed. They claim that they have run medical tests and determined that the smell will not create any adverse effects for patients taking Lipitor. However, if you experience a strange smell, they say you should return it to your pharmacy. While Pfizer itself is not issuing refunds, they encourage you to check out your pharmacy’s refund policy. If you have any further questions, feel free to call the company at 1-888-LIPITOR (1-888-547-4867).
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