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Pfizer Recalls Lipitor Due to Musty Odor

By Kelly Balamuth on December 30, 2010

Following a previous recall, an additional number of bottles of Lipitor have been recalled by the drug’s manufacturer, Pfizer, according to ABCNews.com. Thousands of bottles of the cholesterol lowering drug have been found to have a musty odor.

The recall has been ongoing since August, but was not made public until October. Recently, about 19,000 more bottles with the smell were discovered. This brings the total number of recalled bottles to 360,000.

The smell is due to the presence of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA). In low concentrations, TBA, has very minimal health effects, mainly gastrointestinal issues. The TBA may come from the wood pallets that are used to transport many consumer goods. However, Pfizer prohibits the use of chemically treated wood to ship its products, according to a company spokesman. According to the drug manufacturer, any customers who smell a musty odor coming from Lipitor should return it to their pharmacist.

Companies that manufacture drugs are responsible for making those drugs safe for consumers. A drug manufacturer can be held liable if it fails to warn of dangers or side effects associated with the drug, if the drug is defective or causes injury, or if the manufacturer doesn’t provide instructions for use of the drug.

If you have suffered an illness or injury due to a contaminated or defective prescription medication, contact the Northern California dangerous drug attorneys at Balamuth Harrington. Our experienced lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve for your drug-related injuries. Call us today at 1-888-254-1234.

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