Sunday, May 25, 2003

FDA recalls 100,000 Lipitor bottles because pills counterfeit

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - An estimated 100,000 bottles labeled as the cholesterol-lowering medicine Lipitor are being recalled because they contain counterfeit pills, the Food and Drug Administration warned Friday.

The FDA said the fake pills were discovered after some complaints but would not elaborate because a criminal investigation is under way.

Lipitor users should check their bottles to see if they have the fake version, which could pose a risk because the counterfeit pills will not lower cholesterol, the FDA said.

The recall covers 90-pill bottles. To spot the fakes, look for the words "Repackaged by MED-PRO Inc., Lexington, Neb." on bottles that bear the following lot numbers:

• 20722V, expiration 09-2004

• 04132V, expiration 01-2004

• 16942V, expiration 09-2004

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