Safety Alerts & Recalls

What does this mean?

This recall for Lipitor 40 mg tablets was issued at a warehouse and pharmacy level only. The manufacturer has determined that any Lipitor 40 mg tablets already dispensed to patients are unlikely to cause any health problems. There is no need to take any action if you take Lipitor. Please continue to take your medication as prescribed by your doctor. However, if you take Lipitor 40 mg and experience a strange odor associated with your medicine and are concerned, you may wish to return the tablets to your pharmacist to examine and possibly exchange. If you have any concerns, call your doctor or pharmacist or call 1-888-LIPITOR (1-888-547-4867) if you need any further information.

Pfizer Recalls More Bottles of Lipitor Over Strange Smell

Pfizer Inc. recalled another lot of the cholesterol medicine Lipitor 40 mg tablets due to consumer complaints about an "uncharacteristic" smell coming from the bottle. To date, Pfizer has recalled a total of 18 lots of Lipitor 40 mg tablets due strange odors, which have been traced to 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, a chemical used as a wood preservative. The chemical is often applied to pallets that are used to transport and store products. Pfizer said the bottles were supplied by an outside manufacturer. A medical assessment has determined that the odor is not likely to cause adverse health problems in patients taking Lipitor.

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Publication Date: 2010-12-21
Last Updated: 2010-12-22

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