J&J recalls epilepsy drug

April 14th, 2011 - 11:02 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, April 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Johnson & Johnson on Thursday announced that about 57,000 bottles of its epilepsy drug Topamax have been recalled following complaints of bad odor. There have been four of the complaints so far.

According to J&J, the affected products were sold exclusively in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company announced that the products were manufactured in a plant in Puerto Rico. J&J expects to find only about 6,000 bottles still available on the market.

J&J has identified that the odor was caused by TBA. This is not the first time that the chemical has caused a recall by the company. No injury has been attributed to the chemical. Officials say the chemical is not poisonous and they are not known to have caused any major health problems. TBA is created by a chemical preservative that is applied to transport wood pellets.

Johnson & Johnson for the last 15 months suffered serious quality lapses. The company has recalled about 300 million bottles of its products and lost millions of dollars as a result. The US Congress initiated an investigation into the practices of the company and its subsidiaries.

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