Heartburn Medicine Subject to Voluntary Recall
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert on September 26 about a voluntary recall of Zantac® manufactured by Sandoz Inc. This recall also includes other over-the-counter ranitidine tablets (75 mg and 150 mg) labeled by Walgreens, Walmart and Rite-Aid and manufactured by Apotex Corp. The alert advises that Zantac/ ranitidine may contain low levels of a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) which may cause cancer.
This medicine is used to prevent and relieve heartburn associated with acid ingestion and sour stomach. Members taking these products, should speak with their doctors or pharmacists.
Several retail pharmacies have removed all heartburn medicine containing ranitidine from their shelves.
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