Johnson & Johnson initiated a product recall of their antipsychotic drug, Risperdal Consta, on Wednesday due to mold contamination of their product. Risperdal Consta is an antipsychotic medication that has been approved for use in patients with bipolar 1 disorder and schizophrenia. It should be noted that this recall only impacts the injected drug Risperdal Consta, and not the oral pill medication Risperdal.
While the company has stated that the risks to patients are low, patients should be aware that the effects of using the contaminated product include reactions or infections at the injection site. Additionally, those who have compromised immune systems may also be at risk of developing a systematic infection. The elderly are a particularly vulnerable population, and caregivers must be cautious and vigilant in ensuring that the elderly patients taking Risperdal Consta are not administered a contaminated batch.
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