Skip to comments.Maalox RECALL (Has any one noticed the absence of Maalox from store shelves?)
Posted on 07/04/2012 4:40:14 AM PDT by GailA
I searched FR and found no notice of the recall, and sure have not seen it on the news.
I know I've been hit and miss due to a lot of health issues this past year, but we do watch the nightly news. And anything this big would have caught my attention because I keep Maalox in the house for occasional mild stomach upset/reflux when I eat something that disagrees with my stomach.
Went to buy a bottle of Maalox and tried several different stores and types, finally one of the gals at a local Kroger's said Maalox had been RECALLED, they were given no reason, just that it was RED flagged for recall.
Does any one else have any knowledge of this? It would have been common decency to let the public know a commonly taken stomach remedy had been pulled from the market.
(Excerpt) Read more at fiercepharma.com ...
Have any knowledge you can add to this?
Drink KoolAid instead.
Now that is asking for reflux...as if drinking the gop koolaid isn’t enough to give it to me.
Store brands just do not work as well and usually taste nasty to boot.
The public has the right to know when a product has been recalled and for what reason.
The FDA warning on Maalox Total Relief is not a recall, happened in January, and only applies to Maalox Total Relief, which people didn’t realize contained real dosage-sensitive pharmaceuticals (similar to aspirin).
Although I can find no official sources, people on forums I Googled are claiming Maalox is refurbishing factories, and has not been able to meet demand with its factories sidelined.
If you walk the medicine aisles you will notice lots of holes where name brand meds are supposed to be, plus an overabundance of store brands spaced out to fill in places where those name brands are supposed to live. Even things like Tylenol and Motrin, which were recalled several years ago, remain in short supply. I too would like to know why there have been so many of these recalls and shortages without having to don a tinfoil hat.
I don’t think a bureaucrat ever missed an opportunity to issue a press release.
I did find official notices from Maalox: Factory retooling in Nebraska.
Also affected: Benefibre, Triaminic, Excedrin
There was a Rolaids recall a year or more ago and it still has not reappeared in the stores I shop. That recall was due to a fungicide sprayed on wooden pallets which had been absorbed by the plastic bottles used for 100 count or higher amounts.
You might be able to Google and learn the reason for a Maalox recall.
We can’t find Pepcid or Excedrin. Pepcid had some kind of bottleing problem. ham other pills mixing in with them or something.
This is funny:
[Canadian Tuition] Protests Generate Maalox Shortage
With no end in sight to daily tuition protests, some Montreal pharmacies are completely out of Maalox.
The popular antacid is the treatment of choice for students sprayed with tear gas, pepper spray or irritant compounds during protests. It is mixed with water and used to douse irritated skin.
La Presse reports that with Maalox now unavailable in some stores, dedicated protesters are buying milk of magnesia for their first aid kits.
I highly recommend you do NOT take Maalox or any other antacids for that matter. They have a large amount of aluminum in them and there is abundant information out there that says it causes Parkinson’s, dementia, alzheimers, etc.
My father took Maalox for 30 years, every day for the most part, and he has Parkinson’s now.
There are VERY healthy ways to do away with heartburn. Drink plenty of water and take magnesium which is alkaline.
All I was looking for was plain old Maalox not the higher end totally different product Maalox Total Relief. Just something for a temporary upset because I ate something that I do not normally eat, that did not agree with my stomach.
I may buy 2 bottles a year for stuff like that.
If you need stronger stuff, then you need to see your Gastro Doc first, never know when constant reflux isn’t a more serious issue.
Lots of RX meds cause acid reflux, especially arthritis meds. And if left untreated can become a secondary health issue.
We are now taking pills to counteract other pills side effects. Which is why a lot of us take multiple RX’s especially seniors.
Or just eat a bunch of vegetables. Yes, it really works.
Wal-Mart pulled my favorite antacid, Rolaids, months ago. Rolaids are hard to find, if not impossible. Don’t know whassup.
I don’t take it very often, but it is reliable for an occasional use.
It was never meant to be taken daily, I don’t think.
Sounds like your dad had acid reflux or GERD.
ALL Osteo A, Arthritis meds cause acid reflux in a lot of people, mine went in the trash when it started that up. Rheumatologist threw his hands up in surrender. I’d rather put up with the joint pain.
I do 6-8 glasses of water per day, plus Magnesium, Potassium along with my Calcium.
...which are alkaline :) So, you’re right. The biggest problem is dehydration though. Most people do NOT drink enough water and that causes heartburn. There’s a great book out titled ‘Your Body’s Many Cries for Water’. Really spells out the benefits.
And, just in case someone is thinking they drink coffee or iced tea, soda, etc., that not only does not work it hurts as they are diuretics. Pure, clean, room temp water.
No, my dad was dehydrated. Chronically.
I want to expand on what you said about supps too Gail. Be very careful taking calcium. We get alot of it in our diet and if you don’t get enough mag, calcium won’t dissolve. You also have to take the ‘right’ kind of mag. Most mags are bound to oxide which does not absorb. Check your labels. If you insist on taking calcium take at least 2x the amount of mag as cal. You should also take salt in warm water and drink it. Salt and potassium work together. Throw out your table salt and buy a good, unrefined salt like Celtic Sea Salt.
Works well for those who are constipated. Common upset stomach is another critter with a different approach I’d think.
Now you have me in a big problem, my salt intake is very limited.
And I do get 2x as much Mag as Calcium.
Celtic Sea Salt is not available in our area. Morton’s or Hain’s is about all you see or some odd brand.
Novartis Maalox acid relief OTC shortage causes concerns
1 June 2012
Novartis Nebraska plant closure, owing to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raising serious concerns over manufacturing, has led to shortage of Maalox acid relief over the counter (OTC) drug in Canada.
The shortage is said to have come about at the Novartis’ plant manufacturing large number of OTC products, including Benefibre, Buckley’s, Excedrin, NeoCitran, Otrivin and Triaminic.
In March 2012, Novartis Canada said that there could be possible shortage of the number of OTC products and was not sure to when they would supply, owing to the upgrade going on at its manufacturing facility.
Try to find Rolaids.
Try to find Rolaids.
You need salt for LIFE! Buy your salt on line. Swansonsvitamins.com or vitacost.com
Make sure you have a good quality mag. And when you finish what you’ve got, buy mag glycinate. It’s highly absorbable.
The local supermarket now how three different “store” brands, and almost no “name” brands. The value of products for sale seems to be going down as fast as the money supply is going up. What a coincidence!
Novartis makes heartworm medication for pets too...Interceptor.
There was (is) a shortage on that too. Our vet is rationing it...3 months supply for current clients/patients, 1 month for non-clients. Our vet told us the shortage was coming, so we bought ahead.
For acid reflux, do a low carbohydrate diet. Worked like a charm for me.
Don’t know about the Maalox, but I had the exact same experience with Tylenol. I am a newshound, and had heard not a whisper of anything about it, yet all store shelves were bare.
Add to your list Drixoral..they also said they were “refurbishing factories.”
I was needing to restock the medicine cabinet the other day and couldn't find several OTC items that we normally have on hand. One item was some bottles of magnesium citrate for constipation. I had to get them from behind the pharmacy counter!?! I bought all they had which was just 4 bottles. I expect to see more of this under ObamaCare. I also suspect that we'll have less and less OTC as Big Brother will be grabbing at more and more control. We're already having to get cold and cough meds from behind the counter and "they" are keeping a list of everyone who buys them.
I've heard that some prescription meds are also getting substituted with inferior generics that are messing with people's systems. Such as Warfarin has long been the generic for Coumadin but now patients can't get that so have been getting their refills with some other generic and it's not working. There's also been problems with some birth control prescriptions getting delivered on time so that ladies are having to change to different brands and some doctors aren't informing them to use extra protection for a couple because of the lag time, sigh. So, you might want to have that tinfoil hat handy because if we can't keep a minimum home medicine cabinet, then something is going on.
The FDA is manipulating supply by shutting down plants and recalls.
Both OTC and prescription drugs have lines that are in short supply and/or missing.
This administration is evil.
Reminds me about the aspirin shortage in the former Soviet Union about the time it dissolved. They had one factory & some sort of disaster destroyed a significant part of it. I guess the FDA is our answer to the Soviet planned economy.
There is no Pepcid AC or Pepcid complete, either. It’s been gone for over a year.
I just did a search for the Pepcid AC and Pepcid Complete and found that the price had gone up to over $100 for 50 tablets at one store and the lowest price was just under $30 but that store only had 13 left.
Something is up. There was some crazy recall of pepcid products about a year and a half ago and all the products disappeared.
I imagine that it is the same with Maalox.
My guess as to the reason for the recalls and absence of both Pecid Complete and the Maalox products is that the products contain the same antacid as the regular over the counter product and that the FDA was complaining that people might be too stupid not to take both.
In other words, the FDA wanted people to buy both Tums and another generic brand antacid, separately.
The closing of the plant has affected everything from opioids to pet medications. It was Novartis' largest OTC manufacturing facility, producing its entire Excedrin line, as well as NoDoz, Bufferin and Gas-X Prevention products. The company had to recall millions of products. But it also made drugs like Percoset for Endo Health Solutions ($ENDP) and as well hypertension drugs for GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK).
The FDA raised serious concerns over manufacturing at the plant, which was closed in December. Among other problems, there was a chance that chipped particles of one drug made it into the bottles of other drugs. Investigators found unclean lines and more than 1,300 consumer complaints that had not been addressed. Originally, remediation at the plant was expected to be completed mid-year, but during an earnings call in April, executives said it is taking longer than expected. The company has shifted production of some products to other facilities but Canadians, and others, may have to turn elsewhere for Maalox.
I wondered what was going on. It’s been missing from our local store shelves for about 3 months. At first I thought it was gov’t stockpiling for SHTF.
Have lots of issues with this. Express Scripts is the re-imburser/supplier for mail ordered drugs. They bought out scandal plagued Medco not long ago $29 B...ES is the gov’t’s Medicare and Tricare Life provider...they offered Walgreen’s such a low compensation for their drugs, near to below cost, that WAGS did not renew contract. They will do this with each chain as their contracts come due. They also do BC/BS and several other private health ins.
They want you to mail order your drugs, and they will provide the cheapest generic they can get from any country they can get it from. You will not know from one order to the next what you will get. It is getting that way at the drug store too...one of my drugs keeps getting switched when there is a shortage, and most of them do not work or have horrid side effects. Synthroid is one of those I have to have name brand, generic does not work as well and has side effects the name brand does not have.
And with 0 chasing our drug manufactures OUT of the US drug shortages has become a big thing.
I am hyper sensitive to drug side effects, and it is a night mare dealing with ES. They now reimburse for 1 in 2 health insurances gov’t and private. MONOPOLY here we come.
And a lot of RX drugs are now becoming OTC and are no longer covered by your ins for them. People will begin to treat themselves for what could be serious conditions, because it is easier than getting in to see a doc or get an RX that is usually a high $ co-pay.
Chronic reflux is serious business and not to be treated lightly. My grandmother had chronic acid issues she used baking soda on, and she ended up with a massive stroke that killed her before she hit the floor. This was back in the 70’s.
I for one do not want to be Express Scripts guinea pig. Have had the same pharmacy for 25 years and don’t plan to change.
They are especially trying to force Medicare and ret. Military over 65 Tricare For Life to use their uncertain mail order drugs. Can you imagine your insulin sitting in a hot mail box IF you happen to be gone that day? What about emergency RX for infections we all get from time to time but need treated starting today, not a week from now or more for them to mail it to you.
I’m like you I keep a decent OTC med supply to treat small stuff and find it hard to find some of the brands I like to use that are reliable. More store brands cropping up and they come from the same manufacture, but fillers are different and you react differently to them.
And for all you TFL retired Military people Shingles vaccines are covered with co-pay, you have to get on waiting list...you have to have a RX and get the shot at the drug store, not your doctor’s. And Nexium is done at generic price for those who have acid reflux or GERD.
I have bought the Walmart brand, but not the name brand. I found there was no difference in them except price. Same for Tylenol.
I’m so drug sensitive I can tell the difference in different store brands....fillers mostly I’m told...Can’t take Walgreen’s brand does weird things to me.
I think we will see a lot more shortages of OTC drugs as 0’care rolls into effect. And you can’t stock pile a lot of it as it does have expiration effectiveness dates and some of it is behind the counter and you have to now sign for it...they are tracking it’s usage, due supposedly to it being used to make METH.
FDA needs to be more worried about the approval of those side effect riddled drugs they are approving. A drug with a 50% side effect failure rate does not need approval, but denial. Yet they are expanding the usage of such drugs.
It is a nightmare to try and report a bad drug reaction, and your doctor is not reporting it when you report it to them.
True. It's not on the shelves. Neither is the topical spray Benadryl for poison ivy. The pills and the spray were on my list for the medicine cabinet the other day and couldn't find either one. Had to buy the store brand pills but they didn't even have an empty space for where the spray should be. Thankfully, I bought two bottles because a couple days later a neighbor had gotten into some poisonous plant and couldn't find any at the store so I gave him one of the pill bottles and cautioned him on using the old spray. Is trading out with our friends the future?