Johnson and Johnson’s (JNJ) are continuing to experience lapses in their once sterling quality record. Media sources report that the most recent includes a recall of the HIV/AIDS drug Prezista in multiple countries due to trace amounts of a chemical known to emit offensive odors.
The JNJ Janssen-Cilag International unit reported that it had received multiple consumer reports of musty or moldy odors. This odor in the medication affected products sold in the U.K. Ireland, Germany, Austria and Canada, where the medical conglomerate is working with regulatory authorities. In a press release, JNJ said that the company would recall and replace any affected bottles of the drug remaining on shelves, estimated to be less than 2,000 bottles in the aforementioned countries.
This recall is another example of how JNJ has been dealing with quality issues spanning across all of their diversified interests, including over-the-counter medications, hip replacement systems and surgical sutures. These quality issues have tarnished the previously stellar reputation for quality that JNJ held. To quell these problems, the company has replaced management, closed a Philadelphia plant and taken other steps in policy.
The foul smelling chemical found in the tablets is 2,4,6 tribromoanisole (TBA), which is a byproduct of a chemical preservative applied to the wood used for pallets that transport and store products. It’s also the same chemical that Pfizer Inc cited in the recalls of their drug Lipitor last year. JNJ has had problems with TBA in the past, having to recall various over-the-counter medicines, including Tylenol, since 2009. TBA isn’t toxic, but can emit musty or moldy odors that cause some patients to develop temporary gastrointestinal symptoms. JNJ said that there have been no reported adverse reactions to the presence of TBA in Prezista.
As a personal injury lawyer in San Diego, quality assurance in the pharmaceutical industry is a main concern. If you or someone you know have experienced adverse effects to these drugs, contact a personal injury lawyer in your city today to discuss your legal options.