Novartis’ life-threatening migraine, headache pills recalled

2012-01-24 10:30

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has asked South African consumers to

return potentially deadly Excedrin painkillers after a mix-up at its United

States factory.

The pills, described as dangerous and potentially life-threatening,

are used to ease headaches and migraines.

In a notice issued today, the company says use of medication, which

may include foreign-manufactured tablets, can cause an overdose.

The recall applies to medicines with a 2013 or earlier


“This is a precautionary recall following consumer complaints of

chipped and broken tablets and inconsistent bottle packaging line clearance

practices at our Lincoln, Nebraska facility,” the company says.

It says this may have resulted in bottles containing foreign

tablets, caplets and capsules.

“This could potentially result in an overdose, interaction with

other medications a consumer may be taking or an allergic reaction if the

consumer is allergic to the unintended ingredient,” reads the notice.

Novartis SA director Dr Tobeka Boltina was not immediately

available to respond to City Press enquiries.

» Questions can be directed to the

Novartis Customer Support Line – 0861 929 929

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