Thursday, April 14, 2011

Important News: Topamax Recall


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Johnson & Johnson is recalling 57,000 bottles of its epilepsy and migraine drug Topamax because four customers reported smelling a musty odor upon opening their bottles.

The company believes only about 6,000 bottles are still on the market. If you take this medication you'll want to check with your pharmacy to make sure you did not receive any of the tainted medication. (If you happen to have a bottle with a lot number on it you can match it against the lot numbers involved in the recall at this link: Ortho-McNeil Neurologics Voluntary Recalls Two Lots of Topamax.)

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Johnson & Johnson has recently recalled a medication following complaints of a moldy or musty odor. It's product Tylenol has been subject to a similar recall, as have other prescription medications in addition to Topamax. The company says the source of the odor is a chemical called TBA, which is used to treat wooden palates.

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog details a large list of similar problems the company has dealt with in the past year: J&J Recalls Some Topamax After Odor Reports.

Sources:
J&J Recalls Some Topamax After Odor Reports
Ortho-McNeil Neurologics Voluntary Recalls Two Lots of Topamax
Latest Smelly Johnson & Johnson Recall: Topamax


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