Lipitor is the most popular cholesterol lowering drug, ever sold in the history of the pharmaceutical world. Lipitor generates more than $9 billion in sales per year. A simple math would tell us that Lipitor generates more than one million dollars per hour, every hour of every day, and 365 days per year. Wow that’s huge! Pfizer, maker of Lipitor has recalled the drug due to complaints of “musty order” in August. Although recall has been initiated in August, it came to public attention this week.
Pfizer initiated the recall of seven lots of Lipitor distribute in US and Canada. A total of 191,000 bottles of Lipitor available in 40-mg strength are included in the recall. The manufacturers listed in the recall are Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, Ireland; Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland Gmbh, Freiburg, Germany; and Rexam, Las Piedras Puerto Rico.
The reason of recall was the musty odor that has been reported by three consumers. In its listing on the FDA website, it describes the reason...
for the recall was due to a chemical contamination identified as 2.4.6.tribromoanisole. It is same compound that was also the reason behind Johnson & Johnson’s massive recall of Tylenol brand acetaminophen products that began in 2009.
The company said in an interview that “medical risk assessment based on all the information we have has determined that the odor issue is not likely to cause adverse health consequences for patients.”