Lipitor Recall – Odor Takes Drug Off Shelves For Fourth Time

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There has been another Lipitor recall due to odor. The popular and best-selling drug has been taken off the shelves for the fourth time since August. The drug’s “uncharacteristic” odor has caused Pfizer Inc. to have pharmacies take the drug off their shelves.

Thankfully the Lipitor recall over odor did not cause any serious health problems in patients. The bottles that have been recalled by Pfizer were made by an outside manufacturer that has not been identified. They are 40-milligram tablet bottles, and the odor appears to be the same odor from previous times. There were 19,000 bottles of Lipitor included in this batch.

Pfizer believes that the odd odor problem is because of the chemical 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, which is a wood preservative that is often used on wood pallets, which transport and store the drug. Supposedly the chemical preservative is not supposed to be used in the Pfizer drug shipments, but it appears that somewhere it has happened which has led to the odor along with the costly recalls. This lot was actually shipped before the company made changes to their policies for shipping Lipitor.

In all, 360,000 bottles of Lipitor have been taken off the market this year. There have been several medications taken off shelves this year due to odor complaints. That is a little scary even though the bad smell supposedly doesn’t have a negative effect on health. Have you been affected by this most recent Lipitor recall due to odor? Hopefully you haven’t had to deal with the annoyance of this – the constant announcements of drugs and other products coming off the shelves are incredibly unsettling.

Lipitor recall - odor causes fourth recall of the best selling drug this year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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