The Swiss drug maker Novartis is recalling a variety of their nonprescription medicines such as Excedrin, Gas-X and NoDoz, after having quality control problems with their factory in Nebraska.
Pill bottles with expiration dates of Dec. 20, 2014 or earlier are affected and could be potentially harmful to consumers’ health.
According to the company’s statement, some of the tablets inside the bottles are chipped or broken. The bigger problem however, is that some of the pills may be other types of drugs that were mixed in the wrong batch with the pills you bought.
There is the potential for the consumer to take the wrong pills or the wrong dosage, which could result in an overdose, interaction with other medications the consumer may be taking or an allergic reaction to the medication.
Novartis did not say why the mix-up occurred, though the Food and Drug Administration has had problems with the Nebraska plant before. In 2009, Novartis did not adequately investigate 166 claims about pill mix-ups, according to the FDA. If they did investigate, the FDA alleges that the investigations did not thoroughly research all of the problems at the factory, which included the mix-up of Excedrin Migraine caplets, tablets and gel-caps.
The FDA is also warning consumers to check bottles of narcotic painkillers made at the same factory which are sold by Endo Pharmaceuticals such as, Percocet, Percodan and Opana. These bottles may also contain mixed-up drugs and could potentially harm your health.
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