To date, there have been two recalls of Lipitor (both involving counterfeit Lipitor). The first recall took place in the United States during 2003 and involved a voluntary recall by the distributor. The second recall involving counterfeit medication occurred in the United Kingdom in July 2005.
Lipitor® (atorvastatin calcium) is a prescription drug used to treat high cholesterol and other conditions related to heart disease. Since 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has alerted consumers to two Lipitor recalls because of counterfeit medication. The first recall happened in May 2003, and the second recall occurred in July 2005.
The first Lipitor recall happened in May 2003 when Albers Medical Distributors voluntarily recalled three lots of 90-count bottles because they contained counterfeit Lipitor. The product was repackaged by Med-Pro, Inc., of Lexington, Neb., and the labels say "Repackaged by: MED-PRO, Inc. Lexington, Neb." in the lower left-hand corner.
The following lots were involved in this recall of Lipitor:
- 20722V -- 90-tablet bottles, Expiration 09-2004
- 04132V -- 90-tablet bottles, Expiration 01-2004
- 16942V -- 90-tablet bottles, Expiration 09-2004.
This voluntary recall was expanded in June 2003 to include all lots of Lipitor that Albers purchased that were packaged by Med-Pro.
In July 2005, the FDA issued a statement to alert people of a Lipitor recall concerning a batch of counterfeit Lipitor sold in the United Kingdom.
According to the FDA, the affected product was supposedly Lipitor 20 mg that was sold in packages of 28 tablets. The drug packages were marked with batch number 004405K1 and an expiration date of 11 2007. The batch number is printed on the end of the box next to the expiration date and on the foil backing of the drug's blister pack. Legitimate UK Lipitor also has this same batch number.
According to the FDA, if prescriptions were filled at legitimate pharmacies in America at this time, there was no need for concern.