When something smells bad in the ‘fridge you might call a spouse over to take a whiff. You might even go so far as to say “c’mere taste this, it smells bad doesn’t it?” But, would you just leave it in the fridge for months to see if someone mentioned it?
I don’t think so.
As a consumer of Topomax it seems like that’s exactly what Johnson & Johnson did. The NY Times recently ran a piece by Natasha Singer on the Prescriptions blog to alert consumers of the recall. According to an article, “The company said it was recalling the drug after receiving four complaints from consumers of a strange odor, but added that there had been no reports of serious health problems associated with the complaints.” These two lots were shipped between 10/19/2010 and 12/28/2010 and distributed in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Seriously? No one at J&J noticed the drug smelled bad? Since October? There were no incident reports. There was no guy in the plant saying, “Hey, c’mere smell this. Smells bad doesn’t it?” I don’t buy it.
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