Excedrin Recall Is a Wake-Up Call to Over-the-Counter Drug Users


excedrin bottle novartis recallIn a move that will probably freak out anyone who uses an over-the-counter med even occasionally, drugmaker Novartis announced yesterday that they're recalling certain bottles of Excedrin, NoDoz, Bufferin, and Gas-X. Yeesh, that's a lot of drugs, huh? The company issued the recall over concerns that the bottles could contain stray pills from other medicines, or chipped/broken tablets. Wuh-oh ... 

Here are the particulars, if you want to check the bottles hanging around in your medicine cabinet ...

Bottles of Excedrin and caffeine caplets NoDoz with expiration dates of Dec. 20, 2014, or earlier will be subject to the recall. Packages of pain medicine Bufferin and stomach medicine Gas-X with expiration dates of Dec. 20, 2013 or earlier are also affected.

If you have one of these bottles/packages in your home, you should discontinue use immediately and follow Novartis's instructions for getting more info on returning the product and receiving reimbursement.

Definitely a freaky situation, considering that Novartis's OTC meds seem to really fall into the category of the kind we take in the dead of night in the dark, stumbling into our kitchens or bathrooms, opening that child-proof lid with ease, and popping a couple of the pills without even looking at them. We figure we know what we're getting, and we trust that the company has done its due diligence to make sure the drugs are safe. Unfortunately, as we can tell from this recall, that's not necessarily the case. 

Novartis laments the screw-up and says they're "working closely with the FDA" (whatever that means), so I guess that's supposed to serve as a reassurance that this is a rare "whoops!" we won't have to worry about again (or at least for a while?). I hope that's the case, but in the meantime, I'm guessing we'd all do well to be even more aware and alert when popping our OTC pills.

Were you affected by this recall? Are you turned off by OTC drugs due to recalls like these?


Image via Excedrin.com

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suziejax suziejax

with so many recalls happening lately I am very leary when I take a med like that. I always wonder in the back of my mind. Thank you for posting about this!

momka... momkaribg

Thanks for the info.

Lynette Lynette

I don't have any of those meds in my house.  But I reposted to FB because I know my mom does and some of my friends

daerc... daerca574

We don't use excedrin in our house. We rarely use anything.

Luv.M... Luv.My.Kidz

Which type of the Excedrin? It doesn't state! 

Luv.M... Luv.My.Kidz

Nevermind :( Went to Novartis' website.... fuck man, this sucks!

Momof... MomofNikki2010

We very VERY rarely use OTC or even prescription drugs. So many are completely unnecessary and I really don't feel like poisoning my kidneys and liver to line someone's pockets

MamaB... MamaBear2cubs

We don't use Excedrin. There sure have been a lot of recalls going on lately.

Saphi... SaphiraJFire

good thing I can not use any of those ! lol

sewel... sewelizabeth

I used Excederin before I was pregnant, but haven't since.  I try to use OTC drugs sparingly, only if I'm really in pain.

I still feel burned over the Tylenol recall from last year... we had a lot of childrens products that I logged them into their website and never got rebates or coupons they promised.

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