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How should expired lipitor be disposed of?

Lipitor is a prescription medication used to lower cholesterol levels in the blood. According to Drug Patent Watch [1], Lipitor's patent expired in 2011, which means it is now available as a generic drug. As for the disposal of expired Lipitor, the FDA recommends disposing of it by flushing it down the toilet only if it is on their flush list [2]. However, the DEA suggests that flushing should be the last resort for disposal of medications, as it may harm the environment [3]. The DEA advises that expired medications, including Lipitor, should be disposed of through drug take-back programs or by mixing them with an unpalatable substance, such as cat litter or coffee grounds, and placing them in the trash [3]. It is important to follow the disposal instructions provided with the medication or to consult with a pharmacist or healthcare provider for proper disposal methods.


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