Stores pull Excedrin, other Novartis medication from shelves

12:50 AM, Jan 10, 2012   |    comments
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When it comes to your over the counter medication, you might be getting more than you bargained for. Pharmaceutical company, Novartis, says some of their products, like Excedrin and No Doze, might contain powerful prescription pain pills.

A strange pill or a fragment of one that doesn't look familiar: those aren't supposed to be in your Excedrin or Bufferin bottle. But they could be.

FDA officials warn some of Novartis' over the counter medications may have been accidentally packaged with prescription pain medication.

Although the risk of finding the wrong tablet is low, Dr. Alfred Aleguas with University Hospitals says mixing the meds could be dangerous for some.

"It potentially could if you had some other health problems or if you were taking another prescription medication that was very similar.'

The voluntary recall includes Excedrin and NoDoz with expiration dates of Dec. 20, 2014 or earlier and Bufferin and Gas-X Prevention products with expiration dates of Dec. 20, 2013 or earlier.

FDA inspectors cited the same Novartis plant last summer for a dozen quality control problems. According to a report, company officials failed to properly investigate 166 consumer complaints about mixed up pills since 2009.

Monday night, some pharmacies and stores across Northeast Ohio weren't selling any products manufactured by Novartis. When we tried to purchase the items, the cash registers rang up "under recall."

The FDA recommends you do not use the products. And consumers can contact the company for a full refund, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. To 8 p.m. EST  at 1-888-477-2403.


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