Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Drug Recall (Excedrin) Update

Back in January, Novartis did a voluntary recall of several of its over-the-counter medications - Drug Recall: Excedrin, NoDoz, Bufferin, Gas-X. It's July, and these meds still aren't back on the shelves.

The drug recall has spurred a black market for Excedrin formulas. A bottle of Excedrin is going for upwards of $200 on sites like eBay! I suppose this blows my mind even more because Excedrin does absolutely nothing for my migraines. But, I know there are people out there that find it to be the only medicine that helps their headaches.

In a statement, Novartis said it was "working very hard to return products to store shelves." Production is expected to restart production on a "line-by-line, product-by-product basis" to assure quality, and hopes to start restocking some products in the second half of 2012.

Anyone considering purchasing these medications online needs to proceed with extreme caution. Purchasing meds online is risky, since it's not being controlled and you can't be sure of the supplier. Hopefully, Novartis will get these products back on the shelves in the next few months.

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