The popular over-the-counter pain reliever Excedrin has been missing from store shelves for most of 2012 after being recalled in January. Many consumers are now wondering when the drug will return.
Excedrin was recalled by its manufacturer, Novartis Consumer Health, after the company discovered that broken or chipped tablets and even different medications altogether could have been packaged into Excedrin bottles containing more than 10 pills.
The potential contamination of Excedrin bottles involves a number of prescription drugs including acetaminophen, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and oxycodone.
In addition to Excedrin, the Novartis recall also applied to Bufferin, Gas-X Prevention, and the caffeine pill NoDoz.
Novartis says it plans to begin manufacturing Excedrin and the other recalled products again soon. Consumers can expect to see the medications re-appear on store shelves in the second half of 2012, though there is no firm date.
See a complete list of all Novartis products affected by this recall.