Recall Roundup: Lipitor, Meridia & Mercedes

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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. 

Lipitor


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.

Meridia

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.

Mercedes-Benz

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.

The recall, announced Sunday, affects the 2010 Mercedes C-Class and the 2010 and 2011 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models. Owners can bring these vehicles to their local dealerships starting on Oct. 20 when technicians will fix the steering systems for free.

Blue Buffalo Dog Food

On Friday, dog food manufacturer Blue Buffalo Company recalled several types of its dry dog food after discovering that the food contained an excess of Vitamin D, which can cause hypercalcemia, a sometimes fatal illness in dogs. Dogs reacting to the higher levels of Vitamin D may show signs of lethargy, excessive thirst and frequent urination.  Thus far, 36 cases of sickness have been reported by owners of pets that consumed the affected food.

The packages affected by the recall are as follows: 4.5-lb. bags of Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor dry dog food with the use by dates JUL2611Z, JUL2711Z and JUL2811Z; 11-lb. Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor dry dog food with the use-by date JUL1211B; and 24-lb. bags of Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor dry dog food with the use by stamps of JUL1211B and JUL1311B.

Also affected are 11-lb. bags of Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe dry dog food with use-by dates AUG2111B and AUG2211B; 24-lb. bags of Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe dry dog food with use-by dates AUG2111B, SEP2311P and OCT2611P; and 30-lb. bags of Blue Life Protection Formula Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Large Breed Adult dog food with use-by dates SEP2211P, SEP2311P and OCT2611P.

Anyone with a pet that consumed the recalled products and is exhibiting symptoms should contact a veterinarian. The food itself can be returned to its place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers can also contact Blue Buffalo Company at 1-877-523-9114 with additional questions.

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