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Johnson and Johnson issues recall on antipsychotic drug Risperdal Consta

Johnson & Johnson has ordered another recall, this time on its antipsychotic medication Risperdal Consta after mold was found floating in vials of the injectable drug during a routine quality control test. The company estimates that about 5,000 vials of the 70,000 made in the affected lot are still unused in doctor’s offices, mental health centers and pharmacies. Because it is an injectable drug, it is not sent home with patients but administered instead at medical clinics. The mold, known as Alternaria alternate, is commonly found in the environment and if administered to patients could cause infection around the site ... Read More

Statins may lower infection risk in cirrhosis patients

Patients with cirrhosis who take cholesterol-lowering statins have a reduced risk of developing severe infections compared to cirrhosis patients who do not take the drugs, a new study suggests. Cirrhosis is a scarring of the liver that causes poor liver function. It is the final phase of chronic liver disease. Patients with cirrhosis have compromised immune systems and are much more susceptible to infections, which puts a cirrhosis patient at a four-fold greater risk of death. The retrospective cohort study involved data from nearly 20,000 veterans with cirrhosis without decompensation collected between 2001 and 2009. New statin users were compared ... Read More

Contaminated lot of Zicam nasal spray recalled

One lot of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel, an over-the-counter medicine used to treat nasal congestion and sinus pressure, is being recalled because an organism was found in a single sample during a routine review at the manufacturing plant where the medicine is produced. The contaminant, known as Burkholderia cepacia, poses no risk to healthy individuals but in a nasal spray could cause upper airway colonization and secondarily lead to respiratory infections in people with a compromised immune system or people with chronic lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis. Burkholderia cepia is also resistant to many antibiotics and may ... Read More