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No wider recall for glass-tainted generic Lipitor

Judge’s ruling may be a setback for plaintiffs

A federal judge in New Jersey has ruled that a pharmaceutical company that manufactured generic Lipitor with tiny glass particles in it does not have to widen its voluntary recall.

The ruling is considered a setback for the plaintiffs who filed suit against Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, which makes a generic Lipitor called Atorvastatin. According to the suit, after five Atorvastatin-users took the glass-tainted drug, they suffered minor irritations such as diarrhea and upset stomach. Ranbaxy launched the voluntary recall in November 2012 after glass particles were discovered in the drug. The five Atorvastatin-users who became ill filed suit on behalf of all consumers who took the cholesterol drug regardless of whether it was tainted. They also asked Judge Peter Sheridan to make Ranbaxy broaden its voluntary of the generic Lipitor.


Cathleen Flahardy

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