4-Dec-12 8:00 AM  CST

Generic Lipitor by Ranbaxy Recalled Due To Tiny Glass Particles

In case you missed a recent recall, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc, recalled various lots of its generic cholesterol drug Lipitor due to the fact that some lots may contain tiny glass particles.  The recall is voluntary and 41 lots are affected.  The recall does not include the 80 mg dosage strength of the generic drug. 
 
There have not been any adverse events due to the glass particles, but adverse events cannot be ruled out.  Pharmacy Technicians should note that the generic drug is a white colored tablet with imprint identifiers RX12 on the 10 mg tablets, RX828 on the 20 mg tablets, and RX829 on the 40 mg tablets.  Distribution included batches sent to United States wholesalers and retailers. 
 
Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals immediately notified retailers and their distributors of the recall and have arranged for return of the recalled lots.  Pharmacy technicians can also advise their customers to contact Ranbaxy’s customer service line at 1-866-266-7623 with any questions they may have concerning the product or recall.  Any and all adverse reactions due to the tainted product should be reported to the FDA’s adverse event reporting system by going to www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/HowToReport/default.htm.  A full list of the affected tablets can be found by going to www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/ucm329866
 
 
Sources: 
1. Caprariello, Charles.  “Ranbaxy Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of 41 Lots of Atorvastatin Calcium Tablets 10 Mg, 20 Mg, and 40 Mg Due To Potential Presence of Foreign Substance.”  FDA.  Web.  28 Nov 2012.      
 
2. Johnson, Linda.  “Generic Lipitor Doses Recalled For Glass Fears Health.”  Pharmalive.  Web.  24 Nov 2012.   
 
3. Cohen, Elizabeth.  “Generic Lipitor Recall Update:  FDA Says Stop Taking Drug If From Recalled Lot.”  CNN.  Web.  30 Nov 2012. 

For additional information on this article, please contact:
 
Jennifer S. O'Reilly
 
Source: NPTAnews  
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