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Mold Prompts Recall of Risperdall Consta Antipsychotic Drug

Filed September 12th, 2013 Laurie

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is voluntarily recalling the schizophrenia drug Risperdal Consta after mold was discovered during a routine testing process. The drug is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of J&J.

Risperdal Consta is a long-acting, injectable form of Risperdal, which is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Risperdal is taken in pill form. A single lot contains about 70,000 dosage packs, Reuters reported.

“We estimate that fewer than 5,000 dose packs remain in the market considering our current inventory levels and the usage of this product,” spokeswoman Robyn Reed Frenze said in an email to Reuters. She added that the medication is administered to patients by healthcare professionals only, and she stressed the importance of patients continuing their prescribed treatment.

Risperdal has been linked to breast growth, and even lactation, in boys under age 18 who take the powerful antipsychotic drug. The condition is known as gynecomastia (male breast growth), and is usually permanent.  In most cases, boys with Risperdal-associated gynecomastia must undergo breast reduction surgery, and even mastectomy, to correct the condition.

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