The Food & Drug Administration says the Novartis manufacturing plant in Lincoln is the source of a nationwide alert of common over-the-counter medications. Some bottles of medicines like Excedrin and Gas-X may actually contain “stray tablets, capsules or caplets” of a powerful prescription pain drug.
The FDA says major manufacturing problems at the Lincoln plant caused Novartis to shut down the plant in December. The Swiss drug maker has voluntarily recalled bottles of Excedrin, Bufferin and other medications which may have included mixed up pills. Some bottles may also contain broken or chipped tablets.
The FDA says some of those over-the-counter pills may have accidentally been packaged with powerful prescription painkillers made at the same facility. The opioid drugs are sold by Endo Pharmaceuticals as Percocet, Endocet, Opana and Zydone.
FDA officials say they did not issue a recall because the drugs are medically necessary and the likelihood that they contain stray pills is low.
For more information about the voluntary recall, click here.