While we are happy to report that this particular roundup of weekend recalls doesn’t involve infants, consumers taking prescription medications, luxury car drivers and dogs are in for some bad news.
Pfizer is recalling 40mg bottles of Lipitor, a prescription drug that treats high cholesterol and heart disease. The recall was issued after several users reported smelling a musty odor when opening the bottles. One user claimed to experience adverse effects after taking the medication. About 191,000 bottles are affected by the recall, and the investigation into what is causing the odor is still ongoing.
Those who take the 40mg version and notice the uncharacteristic odor are advised to return their pills to their pharmacist. Patients can direct additional questions about the recall their doctor or pharmacist. They can also call 1-888-LIPITOR for more information. Pfizer is not currently offering a refund on the recalled meds.
Abbott Laboratories recalled the diet drug Meridia on Friday and has agreed to stop manufacturing the drug in the U.S. The pharmaceutical company was responding to pressures from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after new clinical trial data indicated that Meridia users were experiencing an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The drug was initially approved by the FDA in 1997.
Meridia users are advised to dispose of any drugs they currently have on hand and to contact their physicians for alternative weight-loss medications. Patients can also contact Abbott at 1-866-257-8909 for more information on the recall.
Daimler AG (Stock Quote: DAI) is recalling about 85,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the U.S. to adjust their power-steering systems. The current configuration causes the steering systems to leak fluid, which can cause drivers to lose sufficient control of their cars, increasing the likelihood of an accident.