Monday, December 10, 2012

Rx Recall: Atorvastatin [Updated]

The drug, a generic version of Lipitor), is being recalled by its manufacturer.

From Medical Mutual email:

"Ranbaxy... has announced a retail- or pharmacy-level recall of multiple lots of this medication ... The recall includes several lots of 10mg, 20mg and 40mg atorvastatin tablets distributed between September 25, 2012, and October 26, 2012. It does not include the 80mg tablets." [emphasis in original]

NB: As Mike points out in the comments, be sure to check your bottle's label. So far, at least, Ranbaxy is the only manufacturer involved in this.

The voluntary recall is due to the possibility that some batches may have been tainted by some foreign material (small glass particles).

If you've got some on your shelf, now'd be a good time to head back with it to the pharmacy.

UPDATE: And Bob sends along links to the latest on the matter from the FDA:

FDA Statement on the Ranbaxy Atorvastatin Recall

Questions and Answers on the Ranbaxy Atorvastatin Recall

Thanks Mike and Bob!
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