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Title: Novartis Pharma Logistics, Inc. voluntarily recalling in Aruba select lots of certain over-the-counter products due to bottle closure defect


- Voluntary recall of certain lots of Triaminic® Syrups, Theraflu Warming Relief® Syrups, Jack & Jill® brand pediatric syrups and Buckley’s ® Complete Liquids, issued to consumers, retail customers and wholesalers in Aruba

- Consumers who may have the product(s) being recalled are asked to return the affected products and receive a full refund

- The products being recalled were produced at a Novartis Consumer Health manufacturing facility in the United States prior to the voluntary suspension of operations in December 2011, and at a third-party manufacturing site in Canada using the same bottle and cap components

PANAMA CITY, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Novartis Pharma Logistics, Inc. announced today that it is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Triaminic® Syrups, Theraflu Warming Relief® Syrups, Jack & Jill® brand pediatric syrups and Buckley’s® Complete Liquids. Novartis Pharma Logistics has decided to issue a voluntary recall to consumers, retail customers and wholesalers in Aruba because the child-resistant feature of the bottle cap may not function properly, enabling the cap to be removed with the tamper-evident seal still in place. The affected bottle sizes are included at the end of this release.

Novartis Pharma Logistics has not received any adverse events due to the tamper evident seal causing a failure of the child resistant cap. Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. in the United States received four adverse events for Triaminic® Syrups related to this issue.

Triaminic® Syrups, Theraflu Warming Relief® Syrups, Jack & Jill® brand pediatric syrups and Buckley’s® Complete Liquids continue to be safe and effective when used as directed on the package label.

The products being recalled were produced at a Novartis Consumer Health manufacturing facility in the US prior to the voluntary suspension of operations in December 2011. In addition to production in the US, Buckley’s Complete® was also produced until January 2013 at a third-party manufacturing site in Canada. A consumer complaint in the US in late November 2012 triggered an internal investigation by Novartis Consumer Health that determined a voluntary recall was in the best interest of consumers.

Action to be taken by consumers
Novartis Pharma Logistics advises consumers who believe they have product included in this recall to discontinue use and return the recalled product to the store or pharmacy where it was purchased for a full refund.  Only recalled product in the original bottle will be eligible for a refund. Consumers may contact the Novartis Consumer Relationship Center at 877-769-8420 (available Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time) for more detailed information about the recall, including which products are impacted, and for information on how to return the affected products and receive a full refund.

Action to be taken by retailers and wholesalers
Retailers and wholesalers should stop distribution and return the affected lots using the Novartis Product Return information that is being provided to them. Retailers that receive product returns from consumers will be reimbursed by Novartis Pharma Logistics.

This recall is being conducted with the full knowledge of the Aruba Public Health Department.

Disclaimer
The foregoing release contains forward-looking statements including express or implied discussions regarding potential future revenues from Novartis OTC products. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. Such forward-looking statements reflect the current views of management regarding future events, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. There can be no guarantee that Novartis OTC products will achieve any particular levels of revenue in the future. In particular, management’s expectations regarding such products could be affected by, among other things, unexpected regulatory actions or delays or government regulation generally; competition in general; government, industry and general public pricing pressures; unexpected manufacturing issues; the impact that the foregoing factors could have on the values attributed to the Novartis Group’s assets and liabilities as recorded in the Group’s consolidated balance sheet, and other risks and factors referred to in Novartis AG’s current Form 20-F on file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Novartis is providing the information in this press release as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Novartis
Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines and diagnostic tools, over-the-counter and animal health products. Novartis is the only global company with leading positions in these areas. In 2012, the Group achieved net sales of USD 56.7 billion, while R&D throughout the Group amounted to approximately USD 9.3 billion (USD 9.1 billion excluding impairment and amortization charges). Novartis Group companies employ approximately 128,000 full-time-equivalent associates and operate in more than 140 countries around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.novartis.com.

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Theraflu Warming Relief® Syrups

                          PRODUCT                                      Item UPC NUMBER                    NDC NUMBER                       Case UCC NUMBER                       Size                       LOT                        EXPIRY DATE
                          -------                                      ---------------                    ----------                       ---------------                       ----                       ---                        -----------
                   Theraflu (R) Warming                                             300436265081                    43626508                             10300436265088         8.3 oz                              10108935                     03/31/2013
                    Relief Flu and Sore
                      Throat, 8.3 oz.
                      ---------------
10096570                                                                              05/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10121298                                                                              05/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10123035                                                                              05/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10106483                                                                              06/30/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10126716                                                                              07/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
                    Theraflu(R) Daytime                                             300430461083                    43046108                             10300430461080         8.3 oz                              10096571                     04/30/2013
                   Warming Relief Severe
                  Cold and Cough, 8.3 oz.
                  -----------------------
10117845                                                                              04/30/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10102070                                                                              06/30/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10118134                                                                              06/30/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10118135                                                                              08/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10126586                                                                              08/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10126729                                                                              10/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
                        Theraflu(R)                                                 300436412164                    67641216                             10300436412161                                             10120065                     03/01/2013
                 Daytime/Nighttime Severe
                  Cold & Cough Value Pack
                  -----------------------
10116591A                                                                             03/13/2013
---------                                                                             ----------
10116591                                                                              03/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10116593                                                                              03/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10106487                                                                              05/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10108285                                                                              05/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10116594                                                                              06/30/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10116597                                                                              06/30/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10116598                                                                              06/30/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10116600                                                                              06/30/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10116601                                                                              08/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10116602                                                                              08/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
                   Theraflu(R) Nighttime                                            300430460086                    43046008                             10300430460083         8.3 oz                              10104954                     04/30/2013
                   Warming Relief Severe
                  Cold and Cough, 8.3 oz.
                  -----------------------
10104955                                                                              05/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10107018                                                                              05/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10118113                                                                              05/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10123039                                                                              05/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10104956                                                                              07/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10126861                                                                              08/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
                Theraflu(R) Warming Relief                                          300436296085                    43629608                             10300436296082         8.3 oz                              10106482                     01/31/2013
                      Cold and Chest
                    Congestion, 8.3 oz.
                    -------------------
10102071                                                                              07/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10113497                                                                              07/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10122891                                                                              08/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10123274                                                                              08/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10126440                                                                              09/30/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
10128457                                                                              11/30/2013
--------                                                                              ----------
                Theraflu(R) Warming Relief                                          300436407085                    67640708                             10300436407082         8.3 oz                              10095358                     04/30/2013
                  Sinus and Cold, 8.3 oz.
                  -----------------------
10104966                                                                              07/31/2013
--------                                                                              ----------

Triaminic® Syrups

                         PRODUCT                                     Item UPC NUMBER                    NDC NUMBER                       Case UCC NUMBER                     Size                    LOT                      EXPIRY DATE
                         -------                                     ---------------                    ----------                       ---------------                     ----                    ---                      -----------
                  Triaminic(R) Cold and                                           300436346049                    67634604                             10300436346046        4 oz                          10092519                     01/31/2013
                     Allergy, 4 oz.
                     --------------
10096507                                                                            02/28/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10092518                                                                            04/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10102344                                                                            05/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10102052                                                                            06/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10098505                                                                            07/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10106511                                                                            11/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10099191                                                                            12/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10122929                                                                            02/28/2014
--------                                                                            ----------
10125956                                                                            05/31/2014
--------                                                                            ----------
                 Triaminic(R) Cough and                                           300436348043                    67634804                             10300436348040        4 oz                          10104678                     02/28/2013
                   Sore Throat, 4 oz.
                   ------------------
10107025                                                                            02/28/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10107026                                                                            05/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10117681                                                                            06/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10118052                                                                            08/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10126850                                                                            09/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
                  Triaminic(R) Day Time                                           300436345042                    67634504                             10300436345049        4 oz                          10092520                     01/31/2013
                  Cold and Cough, 4 oz.
                  ---------------------
10095545                                                                            01/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10117453                                                                            02/28/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10097308                                                                            03/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10095904                                                                            04/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10099699                                                                            05/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10102053                                                                            06/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10103616                                                                            07/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10107024                                                                            08/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10103617                                                                            09/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10114266                                                                            10/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10116660                                                                            11/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10116869                                                                            12/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10116870                                                                            02/28/2014
--------                                                                            ----------
10126445                                                                            03/31/2014
--------                                                                            ----------
                      Triaminic(R)                                                300436417121                         N/A                             10300436417135                                      10095327                     01/31/2013
                 Daytime/Nighttime Cold
                    & Cough Club Pack
                    -----------------
10095907                                                                            01/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10097748                                                                            01/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10095298                                                                            04/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10117817                                                                            12/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10117818                                                                            03/31/2014
--------                                                                            ----------
10117819                                                                            03/31/2014
--------                                                                            ----------
                      Triaminic(R)                                                300436216083                    67621608                             10300436216080                                      10095906                     01/31/2013
                Daytime/Nighttime Cold &
                    Cough Combo Pack
                    ----------------
10099216                                                                            02/28/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10100792                                                                            04/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10100793                                                                            04/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10101494                                                                            05/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10101495                                                                            05/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10106846                                                                            05/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10104675                                                                            06/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10106086                                                                            06/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10106088                                                                            07/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10106284                                                                            07/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10106848                                                                            08/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10110968                                                                            08/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10113146                                                                            09/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10113147                                                                            11/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10115037                                                                            11/30/2013
--------                                                                            ----------
10116592                                                                            12/31/2013
--------                                                                            ----------

Triaminic® Syrups (Cont.)

                           PRODUCT                                       Item UPC NUMBER                    NDC NUMBER                       Case UCC NUMBER                       Size                     LOT                      EXPIRY DATE
                           -------                                       ---------------                    ----------                       ---------------                       ----                     ---                      -----------
                        Triaminic(R)                                                  300436216083                    67621608                             10300436216080                                         10116595                     12/31/2013
                   Daytime/Nighttime Cold
                     & Cough Combo Pack
                           (Cont.)
                           ------
10116596                                                                                12/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10116599                                                                                03/31/2014
--------                                                                                ----------
10123383                                                                                03/31/2014
--------                                                                                ----------
10123388                                                                                03/31/2014
--------                                                                                ----------
                 Triaminic(R) Dye‐free Long                                           300436350046                    67635004                             10300436350043          4 oz                           10081942                     04/30/2013
                     Acting Cough, 4 oz.
                     -------------------
10082283                                                                                04/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10081940                                                                                06/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10097082                                                                                07/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10082927                                                                                09/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10095893                                                                                10/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10095894                                                                                10/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10102049                                                                                11/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10102048                                                                                12/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10106251                                                                                12/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10102051                                                                                01/31/2014
--------                                                                                ----------
10107021                                                                                02/28/2014
--------                                                                                ----------
10107022                                                                                05/31/2014
--------                                                                                ----------
10118430                                                                                07/31/2014
--------                                                                                ----------
10121529                                                                                08/31/2014
--------                                                                                ----------
10129170                                                                                11/30/2014
--------                                                                                ----------
                 Triaminic(R) Fever Reducer                                           300436432049                    67643204                             10300436432046          4 oz                           10093941                     01/31/2013
                  Pain Reliever Bubblegum,
                            4 oz.
                            -----
10102270                                                                                02/28/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10112423                                                                                03/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10106334                                                                                05/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10116891                                                                                08/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
                 Triaminic(R) Fever Reducer                                           300436431042                    67643104                             10300436431049          4 oz                           10092719                     01/31/2013
                 Pain Reliever Grape, 4 oz.
                 --------------------------
10108530                                                                                02/28/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10112422                                                                                03/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10106335                                                                                05/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10093939                                                                                08/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10126470                                                                                10/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10127629                                                                                11/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10130550                                                                                11/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
                 Triaminic(R) Fever Reducer                                           300676441597                    67644159                             10300676441594          2 oz                           10115515                     05/31/2013
                    Pain Reliever Infant
                      Bubblegum, 2 oz.
                      ----------------
10115516                                                                                05/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10115520                                                                                05/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10115521                                                                                05/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10119567                                                                                09/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10128589                                                                                11/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
                 Triaminic(R) Fever Reducer                                           300676440590                    67644059                             10300676440597          2 oz                           10115517                     05/31/2013
                 Pain Reliever Infant Grape,
                            2 oz.
                            -----
10115518                                                                                05/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10115519                                                                                05/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10115522                                                                                05/31/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10123421                                                                                09/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10128599                                                                                11/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10130570                                                                                11/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
                     Triaminic(R) Multi                                               300676394343                    67639434                             10300676394340         3.4 oz                          10116856                     06/30/2013
                   Symptom Fever, 3.4 oz.
                   ----------------------
10116857                                                                                06/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------
10126948                                                                                09/30/2013
--------                                                                                ----------

Triaminic® Syrups (Cont.)

                        PRODUCT                                     Item UPC NUMBER                    NDC NUMBER                       Case UCC NUMBER                       Size                       LOT                        EXPIRY DATE
                        -------                                     ---------------                    ----------                       ---------------                       ----                       ---                        -----------
                   Triaminic(R) Multi                                            300436394040                    67639404                             10300436394047          4 oz                               10110769                     02/28/2013
                  Symptom Fever, 4 oz.
                  --------------------
10095563                                                                           03/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10102058                                                                           03/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10102271                                                                           05/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10116866                                                                           06/30/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10116867                                                                           06/30/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10116868                                                                           06/30/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10121656                                                                           08/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10126740                                                                           10/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10128836                                                                           11/30/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
                Triaminic(R) Night Time                                          300436344342                    67634434                             10300436344349         3.4 oz                              10097303                     03/31/2013
                Cold and Cough, 3.4 oz.
                -----------------------
10097552                                                                           04/30/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10097554                                                                           06/30/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10108819                                                                           08/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10114273                                                                           12/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10126947                                                                           03/31/2014
--------                                                                           ----------
                Triaminic(R) Night Time                                          300436344045                    67634404                             10300436344042          4 oz                               10094309                     01/31/2013
                 Cold and Cough, 4 oz.
                 ---------------------
10095895                                                                           03/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10097312                                                                           04/30/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10097313                                                                           04/30/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10104673                                                                           05/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10102054                                                                           06/30/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10106850                                                                           07/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10108823                                                                           08/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10111184                                                                           08/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10101373                                                                           11/30/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10114269                                                                           12/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10118449                                                                           12/31/2013
--------                                                                           ----------
10121342A                                                                          12/31/2013
---------                                                                          ----------
10121812                                                                           02/28/2014
--------                                                                           ----------
10106851                                                                           03/31/2014
--------                                                                           ----------
10126742                                                                           05/31/2014
--------                                                                           ----------

Triaminic® Syrups (Cont.)

                                 PRODUCT Item UPC NUMBER       DIN     SCC                   Size    LOT
                                 ------- ---------------       ---     ---                   ----    ---
Triaminic Chest & Nasal                              58478 10163 7 2278308  20058478101631 100 mL All
Congestion - Tropical Fruit
---------------------------
Triaminic Cold & Cough- Cherry                       58478 47100 6 2243739  20058478471000 100 mL All
------------------------------                       ------------- -------  -------------- ------ ---
Triaminic Cold & Nighttime Cough                     58478 47102 0  896179  20058478471024 100 mL All
- Grape
-------
Triaminic Cough & Sore Throat -                      58478 47108 2 2130564  20058478471086 100 mL All
Grape
-----
Triaminic Long Acting Cough -                        58478 10168 2 2277972 200058478101686 100 mL All
Berry Punch
-----------
Triaminic Total Cold, Cough &                        58478 47104 4 2239666  20058478471048 100 mL All
Fever - Bubble Gum
------------------

Buckley’s® Complete Liquids

                                  PRODUCT Item UPC NUMBER       DIN     SCC                  Size    LOT
                                  ------- ---------------       ---     ---                  ----    ---
Buckley's Complete with Mucus                         58478 10792 9 2357232 20058478107923 150 mL All
Relief Extra Strength
---------------------
Buckley's Complete with Mucus                         58478 10776 9 2357232 20058478107763 250 mL All
Relief Extra Strength
---------------------
Buckley's Complete PM - Nighttime                     58478 10777 6 2356457 20058478107770 150 mL All
---------------------------------                     ------------- ------- -------------- ------ ---
Buckley's Complete                                    58478 10295 5 2279703 20058478102959 250 mL All
------------------                                    ------------- ------- -------------- ------ ---
Buckley's Complete                                    58478 10295 5 2279703 20058478102959 250 mL All
------------------                                    ------------- ------- -------------- ------ ---
Buckley's Complete                                    58478 10064 7 2279703 20058478100641 150 mL All
------------------                                    ------------- ------- -------------- ------ ---
Buckley's Complete                                    58478 10064 7 2279703 20058478100641 150 mL All
------------------                                    ------------- ------- -------------- ------ ---

Jack & Jill® Pediatric Syrups

                                   PRODUCT Item UPC NUMBER       DIN     SCC                  Size    LOT
                                   ------- ---------------       ---     ---                  ----    ---
Jack & Jill Bedtime - Grape                            65515 00010 5 2241167 10065515000102 100 mL All
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Jack & Jill Cough & Cold – Cherry                      65515 00021 1 2242588 10065515000218 100 mL All
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Jack & Jill Children's Formula                         65515 00019 8  823023 10065515000195 100 mL All
Cough Liquid - Cherry
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Jack & Jill Cough Syrup -                              65515 00008 2  622036 10065515000089 100 mL All
Raspberry
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Jack & Jill Expectorant - Raspberry                    58478 10798 1 2350084 20058478107985 100 mL All
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