Novartis Recalls Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz and Gas-X as Precaution

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Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(PARSIPPANY, N.J.) — Novartis Consumer Health Inc., one of the world’s largest drug companies, announced on Sunday that it is voluntarily recalling several over-the-counter products after complaints of chipped and broken pills and inconsistent bottle packaging.

The Switzerland-based company described the move as a precaution to strengthen its standards, and said these issues have led to no adverse events.

The drugs being recalled are the pain reliever Excedrin and the caffeine tablets NoDoz with expiration dates of Dec. 20, 2014 or earlier, and the aspirin Bufferin and stomach medicine Gas-X Prevention with expiration dates of Dec. 20, 2013 or earlier.  The drugmaker says these bottles may contain pills of other Novartis products, or pills that are chipped and broken.


Novartis has suspended operations and shipments from its factory in Lincoln, Neb.  The company said it plans to work with the Food and Drug Administration to make improvements before resuming operations.

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