Good News/Bad News For Excedrin, Interceptor Users


Process validation is under way for Excedrin at the Novartis manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, according to company CEO, Joseph Jimenez. That’s the good news.

The bad news for long-suffering devotees of this over-the-counter pain relief medicine is that the product will not be available in stores until October.

Jimenez gave this update during the Novartis 2nd Quarter conference call earlier today (July 19th). In addition to Excedrin, the company is in the process of product validation for Sentinel, a heartworm prevention pill. It, too, should ship before year-end.

Bad news for many pet owners is that Interceptor, a heartworm prevention pill that competes with Sentinel and also was manufactured at the same production facility, was not mentioned at all during Jimenez’s presentation. This does not bode well for its return to the marketplace in the near future. One San Diego veterinarian was told by his wholesale supplier not to expect Interceptor back on the market before 2013. The supplier’s representative explained that Sentinel, which contains the same active ingredient as Interceptor, is a higher margin product for Novartis and will have priority over the less profitable drug.

Novartis announced a massive product recall and was forced to halt production at the Lincoln plant in January 2012, as a result of packaging mixups and broken or chipped pills. An FDA inspection carried out in January found numerous repeat violations and deficiencies in the plant’s operations and quality control systems. It is taking the company several months longer than it originally hoped to address all of the issues listed in FDA’s 23-page long inspection report. But the end is apparently in sight.

Excedrin users will just have  to hang on for a few more months…..

9 thoughts on “Good News/Bad News For Excedrin, Interceptor Users

  1. I am a cancer patient and some of the procedures & the chemo gives me migranes. Excedrin is the only thing that works! Thaank you God its back!

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    1. It is not back on the shelves and according to the stores I have contacted they will not be making room for it on their shelves as too much time has elapsed and customers have moved on to other products. That is what I am hearing from pharmanistist at big name chains and from smaller stores. Don’t expect to see any of the sinus relief products again or the extra strength pain relief. Like Tylonel it has been pushed out by store brands.

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  2. good lord i am patiently waiting for the return of excedrin…. boy was i sad when it was recalled. My migraines do not respond to ANYTHING except excedrin. i am a believer in its magic lol. please return quickly!

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  3. Excedrin Sinus Headache has been a life saver for me as I live in Sinus Valley, South of Rochester, NY and it is the only med that has given me any relief from the pain. Hope to see it back on the shelves soon as this hot, dry year has been a bummer.

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  4. I am very glad to find out that excedrin will return. It is the only thing that works for my migrains and I have trie everything. I have tgese since I was 12 and believe me I have tried it all. I was hoping you would come back because the rumor out is you will not do anymore. Thank you for your return.

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  5. Sentinel and Interceptor are not the same – although they do contain the same ingredient for heartworm control, Sentinel also contains an ingredient for flea control. This is bad news for pet owners who don’t have a flea problem and don’t want to give their pets unnecessary chemicals.

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