We begin with a warning for anyone who takes the cholesterol lowering drug Lipitor. Authorities are recalling 100,000 bottles of counterfeit Lipitor pills. The Food and Drug Administration says the fake pills were discovered after several health complaints. To spot the fake version, look for the words, "Repackaged by Med-Pro Incorporated," on the lower left corner of certain bottles. Lipitor patients with the fake pills should return them to the pharmacy where purchased.
Now for a recall that may have come with your morning cup of java. Starbucks is recalling 38,000 child tumbler cups called "Bearista Bear." When the flexible straw on the cup is chewed, small pieces can detach and possibly lodge in a child's throat. The cup was sold from April of 2002 through May 2003. You can return the cup to any Starbucks for a refund and a free beverage.
Moving outdoors, it's a recall that may hinder your summer landscaping projects. Conceptual Marketing and Development Incorporated is recalling 1.1 million cast aluminum metal allow blades. The blades are sold with the 46-50 weed cutter which was sold in hardware and home improvement stores from November 1999 through December 2001. The company has received sixteen reports of the blades breaking off an injuring the user. For a replacement, call 1-800-210-9949.
In our weekly segment, Does It Work, you see NewsChannel 11 test products, As Seen on TV. And this week, a seen on TV product is being recalled. Trivett Industries is recalling pancake Express Pancake Makers. The handles on the pancake makers are unable to withstand the heat of the device, causing them to melt or break. Pancake Express was sold at Acme and Walgreens Drug Stores from May 2002 through July 2002 for about $20. Call Trivett at 1-800-433-4842 for a refund.
Finally, General Motors is recalling 2002 and 2003 models of its Buick Rendezvous. All 2002 models and some 2003 models are involved in this recall. GM needs to repair the rear lift gate by adding a metal strap between the inner and outer panels. In severe crashes, the lift gate may fracture and separate from the latch assembly if not repaired.
That wraps up this month's Recall Roundup. For a list of all recalled products, ( click here ).
For NewsChannel 11's Consumer Connection, I'm Sharon Maines.