In an all too familiar move, Johnson & Johnson announced yet another prescription drug recall. On Thursday April 14th, the pharmaceutical giant issued a recall on 57,000 bottles of their prescription anti-seizure medication known to the public as Topamax (generic: topiramate). The recall was announced after consumers began noticing traces of an “uncharacteristic odor”.
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Initial reports indicate that the uncharacteristic odor may be caused by minute traces of TBA (2,4,6 tribromoanisole), a chemical compound that is a derivative of anisole. Often times cross contamination occurs when products are stored in the presence of fiberboard treated with tribromophenol, a compound typically used as a wood preservative.
Johnson & Johnson has informed public health officials that only two lots of Topamax 100 mg tablets generated by their Ortho-McNeil Neurological division have been tainted with TBA (2,4,6 tribromoanisole). However, they believe that 6,000 bottles of the medicine still remain on store shelves. For more information on J&J’s latest recall, please visit the FDA’s website.
Topamax Linked to Birth Defects
This incident comes in the wake of a recent firestorm of accusations aimed directly at Johnson & Johnson’s Topamax. Mounting evidence has linked Topamax to an increased risk of cleft palate and cleft lip birth defects in babies born to mothers that took Topamax during pregnancy.
Although our law firm is not accepting cases related to the recent Topamax recall due to odor contamination, we are accepting new Topamax birth defect lawsuits nationwide in all 50 states. To learn more about Topamax induced birth defects, please click the following link: Topamax Lawsuits