Tens of thousands of individuals who suffer from severe headaches are scrambling to find suitable relief after a a popular migraine pain reliever was recalled.
Though it’s been six months since drug-maker Novartis issued their massive Excedrin recall (along with No-Doz, Bufferin and Gas-X products), the product is still visibly missing from store shelves.
According to ABC News, Novartis pulled the drugs after broken and mixed-up pills were found in packages. Since then, the company has been working on fixes at the plant, but production hasn’t gone back to normal.
In a statement, Novartis said it was “working very hard to return products to store shelves.” The company plans to restart production on a “line-by-line, product-by-product basis” to assure quality, and hopes to start restocking some products in the second half of the year.
Besides Excedrin, products, including Maalox and pet drugs, are still running short.
There is no word yet on which of the recalled products will be manufactured first, but multiple consumers who refuse to buy the generic version are hopping eBay and paying hundreds of dollars for the real thing.
“I went into panic mode after I found out about the recall,” Susan Scranton, who purchased $500 worth of real Excedrin off the web, told ABC News.
Despite the convenience of purchasing online, doctors say that buyers should be cautious when buying the drug on eBay, since there are no guarantees about its safety.
“These medications are being passed on by private individuals, and there’s no control over where that particular medication has been or if there’s been tampering,” said Dr. Charles Flippen, a professor of medicine at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine.
For Scranton, however, the reward of relief far outweighs the risk.
“People asked me about it, but I didn’t really care. Sometimes, my headaches are so bad and it’s the only thing that works for me.”
ABC News has more on the effects of the 2012 Excedrin recall in the video below:
Excedrin users chime in: Has the recent recall affected you in any way? In the absence of the popular product, what alternatives have you turned to for headache relief?