Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., an Indian drugmaker, has recalled over 64,000 bottles of its atorvastatin calcium tablets, which is the generic version of Pfizer Inc.'s cholesterol-lowering drug called Lipitor. The recall was the result of a dosage mix-up that was discovered when a pharmacist found a 20-milligram tablet in a sealed bottled that was marked for 10-milligram tablets. Although the company has yet to receive any product complaints, Ranbaxy is has been plagued with manufacturing quality concerns and is now taking a proactive step by recalling select batches of the drug. Additionally, the FDA has classified the recall of the drug as Class II, indicating that there is a "remote chance" of severe adverse consequences or death due to the dosage mix-up.
In light of the recall, however, worries about quality control within the India-based company have been running rampant. For example, Ranbaxy-owned factories have stopped sending drugs and ingredients to the United States after being banned for falling short of the FDA's industry practices for proper manufacturing. The FDA has also placed additional scrutiny over the company by keeping a close watch on their manufactured products and pressuring the company to comply with FDA standards.
Because India is a huge supplier of pharmaceutical ingredients and drugs in the United States, consumers should be cautious in taking drugs that have the potential for being recalled. However, while consumers can be cautious, pharmaceutical companies must uphold their duty to make safe products and drugs for consumers. Otherwise, when unsafe drugs result in adverse health effects on consumers, these pharmaceutical companies need to be held responsible for their negligent practices. Drug safety is at the forefront to our minds when it comes to treating medical conditions. The experienced Missouri product liability attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will fight for you if it is discovered that you have taken an unsafe medicine and have suffered serious side effects. Contact our knowledgeable family of attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered from a loss due to the negligence of a manufacturer of consumer products such as a medicine that is later found to be unsafe.
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