Pfizer also recalled 191,000 bottles of Lipitor, the statin drug for lowering cholesterol. Their recall affects five lots (0855020, 0819020, 0842020, 0843020, and 0854020) of 40-milligram tablets packaged in 90-count bottles. All have an expiration date of 01/13.
In both cases, the odor was identified as 2,4,6 tribromoanisole, which is thought to come from a fungicide used in shipping packages or pallets. McNeil describes the odor as musty or moldy, but Pfizer simply states that it’s an “uncharacteristic odor.” Both companies say that the odor is unlikely to cause adverse health affects, although there have been complaints of nausea, vomiting, stomach pains and diarrhea with recalled Tylenol products.
Pfizer recommends that patients continue to take Lipitor as prescribed by their doctor, but return the tablets to their pharmacist if they experience an uncharacteristic odor. Pfizer can be contacted about Lipitor by calling 1-888-LIPITOR. McNeil recommends that consumers stop taking the recalled Tylenol and contact the company at their website or 1-888-222-6036 to receive a refund or product coupon.