In a latest development in the drug and pharmaceutical sector one of the renowned names in the generic drug manufacturing Ranbaxy has recalled some of its generic version of cholesterol drug “Lipitor”. According to the company it is recalling dozens of lots of its generic drug Lipitor due to reported contamination with tiny glass particles. Contamination of drugs with tiny glass particles is one of the most common manufacturing deficiencies that led U.S. regulators to bar imports of the Indian drug manufacturers.

The generic drug manufacturer Ranbaxy started manufacturing and marketing the drug Lipitor since last year when the drug went off-patent in the United States drug market. However, amid repeated complaints and accusations the drug maker is operating under increased scrutiny from the USFDA due to quality lapses and violations of regulatory guidelines. The federal agency has been continuously alleging the drug maker of lying about test results for more than two dozen of its generic drugs several years ago.

The notice of recalling of the lots was posted by the company on its U.S. website, in which it stated that the company is recalling 10, 20, and 40-milligram doses of tablets of atorvastatin calcium. That’s generic Lipitor.

The recall includes 41 lots of the drug, nearly all with 90 pills per bottle, but three lots contain 500 pills per bottle. It is not sure how many bottles are there in each lot but according to reports, each medicine batches typically contain many thousands of pills. However, the company has made it clear that the 80-milligram strength tablets are not affected and is still safe to use. The details of the affected lots could be found at the Ranbaxy U.S. website.

What is Lipitor?

Lipitor is a prescription drug manufactured and marketed by the pharmaceutical giants, Pfizer to treat the condition of high blood cholesterol. Lipitor, also known as atorvastatin, belongs to a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or “statins.” Lipitor reduces levels of “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).

 

Side Effects of Lipitor:

Like other synthetic drug this too is not devoid of side effects and it should be taken under the strict supervision of a medical practitioner. Some of the important side effects that the drug is associated with are:

  • Weakness, tenderness or muscle pain
  • Memory problems or confusion
  • Fever
  • Dark colored urine
  • Wight gain
  • Swelling in the body
  • Urinating less than normal
  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Upper stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Mild nausea