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Counterfeit Lipitor batch is recalled.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted Americans that its British counterpart has recalled a batch of Lipitor (atorvastatin) because it was found to contain counterfeit tablets. Initial test results do not indicate that the fake drug poses any immediate risks.

The product is not sold through "legitimate" pharmacies, but it may have been purchased by some Americans through other online or storefront operations, or through state-run programs that purchase foreign drugs, according to the FDA.

The United Kingdom's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) discovered counterfeit 20-mg Lipitor tablets sold in packages of 28 pills in blister packs. The batch number 004405K1 is printed on the end of the outer package, near the expiration date of "11 2007," as well as on the foil backing of the blister pack. In concert with Lipitor's manufacturer, Pfizer Ltd., the MHRA recalled this entire batch of Lipitor even though there is genuine Pfizer Lipitor with the same batch number.
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Author:Moon, Mary Ann
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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