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J&J Recalls 57K Bottles Of Topamax Over Odor

Law360 (April 14, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson unit Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Thursday recalled 57,000 bottles of Topamax due to an uncharacteristic odor, marking the pharmaceutical giant's latest trouble with the epilepsy drug.

J&J said the foul odor was caused by a chemical preservative called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, which is sometimes applied to the wood in pallets used to ship products. No serious injuries have been reported, but J&J said the chemical, though not toxic, could cause temporary gastrointestinal symptoms in a small number of patients.

The recall did not appear related...
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