Pharmaceutical company Novartis issued a recall on Sunday for a number of its over-the-counter drugs, namely Excedrin and Bufferin, due to mislabeled and broken pills.
(Novartis) is taking this action as a precautionary measure, because the products may contain stray tablets, capsules or caplets from other Novartis products, or contain broken or chipped pills, the company said.
The voluntary recall comes after the Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company reported the recall of Excedrin and NoDoz with expirations dates of Dec. 20, 2014 and Bufferin and Gas-X Prevention with a Dec. 20, 2013 expiration.
While the company did not report any adverse health events related to the recall, Novartis said the recall is for precautionary measure and consumers should either destroy or return products that match those described in the recall.
The recall was coordinated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration when reports emerged of broken gelcaps, chipped tablets and inconsistent bottle packaging. The complaints became evident after an internal review of the products and reports from consumers.
According to a press release from Novartis, the recall and upgrades will cost the company about $120 million to be part of the fourth quarter of 2011.
It is unclear the number of pills affected in the recall.
Consumers with questions are encouraged to contact the Novartis Consumer Relationship Center at 1-888-477-2403. Consumers can fill out a form for a refund, here at Novartis' Web site.
Here is a full list of the products being recalled by Novartis from the company Web site.
All lots of the following Excedrin® products have been recalled with expiry dates of December 20, 2014 or earlier
Excedrin® Extra Strength Caplets
Excedrin® Extra Strength Express Gel Caplets
Excedrin® Extra Strength Gel Caplets
Excedrin® Extra Strength Tablets
Excedrin® Back & Body Caplets
Excedrin® Sinus Headache Caplets
Excedrin® Migraine Caplets
Excedrin® Migraine Gel Tablets
Excedrin® Migraine Tablets
Excedrin® Menstrual Complete Express Gel Caplets
Excedrin® PM Caplets
Excedrin® PM Express Gel Caplets
Excedrin® PM Tablets
Excedrin® Tension Headache Caplets
Excedrin® Tension Headache Express Gel Caplets
Excedrin® Tension Headache Gel Tablets
All lots of Bufferin® products with expiry dates of December 20, 2013 or earlier.
Bufferin® Extra Strength Tablets
Bufferin® Low Dose Tablets
Bufferin® Regular Strength Tablets
All lots of Gas-X® Prevention®products with expiry dates of December 20, 2013
All lots of NoDoz® products with expiry dates of December 20, 2014 or earlier