Excedrin Shortage Causes Prices to Skyrocket over $300 a Bottle

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Novartis, the company that manufactures Excedrin voluntarily recalled the product in December because bottles made at their Lincoln, Nebraska plant may have been contaminated with powerful prescription drugs made at the same factory.

Immediately after the recall, bottles began selling online at sites such as Ebay for as much as $100 a bottle. Since Novartis has still not restocked product, the scarcity of the remaining bottles has skyrocketed to over $300 on the secondary market for bottles containing 100 pills. The retail price of Excedrin for 100 count bottles was $6 before the shortage.

Excedrin, Gas-X and NoDoz and Bufferin products were all recalled and may have accidentally been packaged with prescription painkillers made at the same facility. These opioid drugs include Percocet, Endocet, Opana and Zydone.

There does not seem to be a secondary market for Gas-X, NoDox and Bufferin.

$300 a Bottle

Novartis said mixing of different products in the same bottle could result in taking an incorrect drug or receiving a higher or lower strength than intended or receiving an unintended ingredient, which could result in a reaction or overdose.

The recall is for bottled packages of Excedrin and NoDoz with expiration dates of Dec. 20, 2014, or earlier, and for Gas-X and Bufferin with expiration dates of Dec. 20, 2013, or earlier, sold in the United States.

The products are being recalled due to an internal product review and complaints that identified issues such as broken gelcaps, chipped tablets and inconsistent bottle packaging line clearance practices, which created a potential for a tablet mix up.

The company said it has notified its distributors and retailers. Consumers can find more information on the website www.novartis-otc.com

Novartis has advised that Excedrin, Gas-X and NoDoz and Bufferin products may not return to shelves until July.

Consumers are cautioned to not buy recalled product.

Cat Gets 10th Life as Helicopter Toy (VIDEO)

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When Orville the cat was hit and killed by a car, his new life and fame began. Dutch artists Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman created the Orvillecopter.


Jansen said the Orvillecopter is “half cat, half machine” and pays tribute to his pet Orville, who was named after the famous aviator Orville Wright. He added that Orville can now “fly with the birds, oh how he loved birds.”

After taxiderming his cat, radio controlled helicopter custom electronics were installed in order to give Orville flight.

Jansen handled the stuffing of Orville, then teamed up with radio control helicopter flyer Arjen Beltman who built the specially-designed flying mechanism to attach to the cat.

Orville the flying cat is currently on display at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam where visitors can watch him fly around the gallery.


“Zombie Attack” Count Reaches 34 After Arm Biting in Florida

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Another incident of human flesh-eating brings the count up to 34 since the first attack by Alexander Kinyua on May 25th about a month ago.

This latest incident occurred on Thursday in Palmetto, Fla., when 26-year-old Charles Baker got naked and bit off some of Jeffery Blake’s arm, including a large chunk of bicep.  Blake, 48, was still being attacked when police arrived to rescue him.

Alleged Zombie Charles Baker

Authorities say Baker was at his girlfriend’s home on 25th St in Palmetto to visit his children when he attacked Blake.  Officers deployed electronic control devices three times, but they did not effect Baker.  However, he was eventually subdued by multiple officers.

Baker was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for testing and then transported to jail.

One of the most gruesome attacks so far in this string of incidents was when when Carl Jacquneaux a 43-year-old Louisiana man was arrested for biting off part of another man’s face during an attack on June 6th, according to the Lafayette Parish assistant police chief Kert Thomas.

Todd Credeur was working in his front yard when Jacquneaux appeared and attacked him, chewing off some of his face. “During the attack, the suspect bit a chunk of the victim’s face,” said Thomas.

Officials continue to be concerned about the epidemic of “zombie behavior” but deny rumors that these instances might be related, or that there could be a virus responsible for the rash of cases.

Paul Standford of the Federal Emergency Task Force warned that there is a hoax email that is circulating on the internet that reads:


I have been hearing about a so called virus known as LQP-79 that started in miami [sic] with a homeless man. its supposedly a virus that causes brain deterioration and led the man to become canabalistic [sic]. It is also said to be highly contagious leading people to believe it will cause some kind of zombie apocalypse.


Standford stated that people should be advised that this email is false and urged, “if you receive the email you should delete it without forwarding it to anyone else.” According to Standford there is no LQP-79 virus.

Another high profile attack involved a student in Maryland who allegedly admitted to eating his roommate’s brain and heart and stashing the rest of the remains in a dumpster behind a church in Joppatowne.

Alexander Kinyua, a 21-year-old Morgan State University student, told detectives that he had killed Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, who was reported missing Friday, May 25th, and then eaten his heart and portions of his brain. Agyei-Kodie’s severed head and hands were found in the men’s Harford County home.

The first reported attack in this macabre wave occurred in Miami, Fla on May 23rd, when a naked 31-year-old Rudy Eugene stripped a homeless man, Ronald Poppo, 65, and then tore at and ate Poppo’s face for almost 20 minutes while traffic drove by on the busy MacArthur Causeway.

Eugene was shot and killed by Miami Police officer Jose Rivera, while he was still devouring Poppo.

In addition to this most recent attack of Jeffery Blake in Florida, there have been 4 other attacks in Florida, 2 attacks in Maryland, 7 in New York, 1 in New Jersey, 3 in Georgia, 2 in South Carolina, 3 in North Carolina, 4 in Tennessee, 4 in Virginia, 1 in Delaware and 2 in Louisiana within the last month.

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