I know – exclamation points. This is really important if you are taking generic Lipitor.
A lot of diabetics are on three kinds of meds: to lower glucose; to lower cholesterol; and an ACE Inhibitor. If you are taking a generic Lipitor to lower cholesterol and the manufacturer is Ranbaxy – stop taking it and do a couple of things.
First, check the NDC number. Great, Phil – just how do I do that? It should be printed on your prescription bottle in small print. Check it against the list at the bottom of the FDA article explaining the recall. If the number on your prescription bottle matches any on the list, contact your doctor and pharmacist immediately. Your doctor could prescribe another medication for you. Your pharmacist can give you some advice on alternatives. Just so you know, there are other makers of generic Lipitor.
So, what the problem with Ranbaxy? Well, somehow a bit of ground glass has gotten into the pills. According to the FDA there is no danger in taking the pills because the amount of ground glass is so small. Now, I don’t know about you, but ANY amount of ground glass is not acceptable to me.
The FDA has contacted the other makers of generic Lipitor to insure there will not be a shortage. Ranbaxy made 40% of the generic Lipitor being prescribed – which I would guess is a lot of pills. I hope the other makers have their production lines working overtime!
If you would like to take the ‘real’ Lipitor, take a look at the offer they have going. They have a card and by using it, you can pay as little as $4.00 for a month’s supply of the smallest dosage of Lipitor. It goes up a bit as the dosage goes up. Contact your pharmacy to see if they participate in the program and what your cost might be. Why take a generic when you can take “the real thing?”
If you are using Ranbaxy generic Lipitor, don’t worry, just take action. I know that as a person who is working to control Diabetes, you are used to taking action. It’s gonna be okay.
As always, thanks for reading.