"Uncharacteristic" odor prompts Pfizer to recall more bottles of Lipitor

08:21, December 22, 2010      

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Drug maker Pfizer on Tuesday announced the fourth recall of the cholesterol drug Lipitor since August.

More bottles of Lipitor were being recalled due to an " uncharacteristic" odor, the company said in a statement.

The recall was prompted by customer complaints about the unacceptable odor, said the statement.

The recall involved 19,000 bottles of Lipitor which contain 40- milligram tablets, according to the statement.

The bottles were supplied by an outside manufacturer, the statement said without identifying the party.

Health consequences appear to be minimal, according to the statement.

Since August, Pfizer has recalled more than 360,000 bottles of Lipitor.

The previous odor problems were traced to a wood preservative chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, a chemical often applied to pallets used for storage and transport.

The company made changes in August to fix the problem, but the batch of Lipitor in this latest recall was shipped before the changes, the statement said.

Additional recalls may be necessary for other batches of Lipitor in bottles made by the supplier that were shipped before August, according to the statement.

Source: Xinhua
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