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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Baycol (cerivastatin sodium tablets) Aug 2001

Audience: Health Professionals and Consumers

Bayer announced the withdrawal of all dosages of its cholesterol-lowering drug with the brand names Baycol/Lipobay (active ingredient: cerivastatin), due to increasing reports of side effects involving muscular weakness (rhabdomyolysis). Fatal rhabdomyolysis associated with Baycol have been reported most frequently when used at higher doses, when used in elderly patients, and particularly, when used in combination with gemfibrozil (LOPID and generics), another lipid lowering drug.

[August 08, 2001 - Letter - Bayer]