Lipitor Recall

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Lipitor®, a brand name for atorvastatin calcium, is a prescription drug used in the treatment of high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and other heart conditions.

From August thru December of 2010, 40mg pills of Lipitor® were recalled by manufacturer Pfizer due to an unpleasant odor. No health risks have been reported. Consumers who noticed a strange smell from their Lipitor® were instructed to return the product to the pharmacy. A small number or complaints were received, and Pfizer identified the cause of the smell and took steps to remedy the issue for future Lipitor® production.[1]

Previously, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted consumers to two additional Lipitor® recalls. These recalls occurred in May 2003 and July 2005, and were due to counterfeit medications.[2]

Lipitor® belongs to a class of drugs known as statins, which work by inhibiting the body's ability to make cholesterol. Patients taking statins are typically directed to make lifestyle changes, such as increased exercise and a healthier diet, as part of their course of treatment.[3]

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Brand name for Atorvastatin[3]
Manufacturer Pfizer[1]
Uses Lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides[1]
Common side effects Diarrhea, nausea, gas, joint pain[3]
Disclaimer The information provided by is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.
Author Susan MacDowell


Lipitor Recall 2010

191,000 packages of Lipitor® were recalled in August 2010 after several reports of an "uncharacteristic odor related to the bottles in which the product is packaged."[1] Health problems related to the odor are unlikely. Each bottle contains 90, 40-milligram dose Lipitor® tablets with an expiration date of January 2013.[4] Two additional lots of Lipitor® bottles were recalled in Canada.

  • On October 13, 2010, 10 more lots of Lipitor® were recalled due to the odorous packaging.
  • On November 2, 2010 two more Lipitor® lots were recalled for the unusual odor.
  • On December 17, 2010 an additional lot of 19,000 bottles of Lipitor® 40 mg tablets was added to the recall list for the same reason.[5]

The complete list of affected lot numbers is as follows:

  • 0855020
  • 0819020
  • 0842020
  • 0843020
  • 0854020
  • 0540050
  • 0788040
  • 0765040
  • 0764040
  • 0763040
  • 0755040
  • 0754040
  • 0673040
  • 0672040
  • 0628040
  • 0682060
  • 0660060
  • 0836050[6]

Lipitor Recall 2005

The FDA issued an alert on July 28, 2005 due to counterfeit Lipitor® sold in the United Kingdom.[2] The products affected were Lipitor® 20 mg sold in 28 count packages. The packages were marked with 004405K1 and an expiration date of November 2007. Both the box and blister pack foil backing were imprinted with the lot number and expiration date. Legitimate medications were sold with the same batch number.

Consumers purchasing Lipitor® from licensed United States pharmacies did not likely receive any counterfeit tablets. However, prescription drugs purchased online from U.K. pharmacies or other unlicensed pharmacies may have received fakes.

Lipitor Recall 2003

Albers Medical Distributors voluntarily recalled three lots of 90-count bottles because they contained counterfeit Lipitor® in May of 2003.[7] The product was repackaged by Med-Pro, Inc. The labels of the repackaged cholesterol medications display "Repackaged by: MED-PRO, Inc.; Lexington, NE 68850" in the lower left-hand corner of the package label.

The following lots were listed in this Lipitor® recall:

  • 20722V -- 90-tablet bottles, Expiration 09-2004
  • 04132V -- 90-tablet bottles, Expiration 01-2004
  • 16942V -- 90-tablet bottles, Expiration 09-2004

The counterfeit tablets were tested and found to contain atorvastatin, the active ingredient in Lipitor®. No harmful substances were identified in the counterfeit tablets. Patients were advised to return any Lipitor® bottles labeled as "Repackaged by: MED-PRO, Inc.; Lexington, NE 68850" to their pharmacy.

The recall was expanded in June of 2003 to include all lots of Lipitor® purchased by Albers that were packaged by Med-Pro.

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About Lipitor

Lipitor® (atorvastatin) can control high cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of complications like heart attack and stroke. It is normally used only when dietary and lifestyle changes are not successful.

Lipitor® side effects include bowel irregularity, headache, and pain. In serious cases, Lipitor® can cause weakness or muscle tenderness, tiredness, chest pain, strange bleeding or bruising, signs of the flu, and jaundice.

The [NIH|[National Institutes of Health]] (NIH) recommend following a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet plan to improve the benefits of Lipitor®. This includes eating foods like cottage cheese, vegetables, egg whites, and fat-free milk, as well as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils like olive oil, canola oil, and corn oil. Foods to be avoided include meats, egg yolks, butter, pastries, coconut oil and palm oil.[3]


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