Heartburn And Antihistamine Medicine
Popular heartburn and antihistamine medicines containing Ranitidine are missing from store shelves. Zantac is included in this group and is also missing from shelves. This leaves a lot of people without a replacement to treat their heartburn. But, what is the reason for removing these medicines? Are people at risk?
The Problem With Ranitidine Medicine
In September 2019, the FDA found batches of Ranitidine drugs had N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Ranitidine is the generic form of Zantac. NDMA is a known carcinogen. In October, the FDA continues to investigate.
The NDMA found in Zantac and other medicines is an impurity. This means it is not part of the normal chemical makeup of this product. Additionally, N-nitrosodimethylamine contamination happens during manufacturing. The FDA recalled Valsartan in 2018 through 2019 for the same contamination.
Are NDMA Impurities Dangerous?
NDMA is a carcinogen. Additionally, it causes cancer in animals. Some food and water contain low levels of NDMA. But, the levels found in heartburn medicines are too high. This is a cause for concern.
The FDA issued a statement that Zantac and Ranitidine may contain low levels of NDMA. However, the FDA did not issue a mandatory recall. Sandoz makes a generic version of Zantac. The company issued a voluntary recall on September 23. Apotex Corp also issued a precautionary recall. Some pharmacy stores have gone one step further.
Stores Pull Heartburn Medicine Off Shelves
Stores like CVS and Walgreens are pulling Zantac and other heartburn medicine off the shelves. If it contains Ranitidine, it’s not on the shelf. This may be a knee-jerk reaction. But, stores would rather be safe than sorry.
Another reason heartburn medicines aren’t on shelves is because they are over-the-counter. Since they aren’t prescription, it is harder to notify customers. Taking the medicine off the shelves keeps people safe.
Talk To Your Doctor
If you have taken Zantac or any medication with Ranitidine, talk to your doctor. As a result of this recall, many people are switching to alternatives. Your doctor can help you find the right replacement for you.
When To Call A Lawyer
When should you call a lawyer? Any time you have questions about your legal rights, contact a lawyer in your area. If you have cancer as a result of Ranitidine medication, call a dangerous prescription lawyer. Get real advice for your specific situation.
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