Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz Recalled
Novartis taking action as precaution after discovery of stray pills
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 9, 2012 12:02 AM CST
Novartis is recalling lots of Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz, and Gas-X as a precaution after customers reported chipped and broken pills.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

(Newser) – Some bottles of Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz, and Gas-X are being recalled because an internal company investigation has found chipped and broken pills, and the presence of stray pills from other medicines in packaging. No ill effects have been reported, but Swiss manufacturer Novartis is issuing the recall as a "precaution," said spokesmen. Officials are concerned consumers might unknowingly take pills they're allergic to, or pills that could be dangerous when mixed with other medicines.

Affected are bottles of Excedrin and NoDoz with a December 2014 expiration or earlier, and Bufferin and Gas-X with a December 2013 expiration or earlier, reports ABC News. The company has temporarily suspended operations and shipments from its Nebraska plant, and is working with the Food and Drug Administration.