Heartburn Medications Pulled From Shelves Because They May Cause Cancer

  • Heartburn Medications Pulled From Shelves Because They May Cause Cancer

Heartburn Medications Pulled From Shelves Because They May Cause Cancer

NDMA is an environmental contaminant found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products and vegetables and is classified as a probable human carcinogen.

The company Denton Pharma Inc. has recalled several types of ranitidine tablets, which are a type of heartburn medication.

The Food and Drug Administration has recalled several more lots of heartburn medications, including more generic versions of Zantac, that have been found to contain trace amounts of a substance that may be linked to cancer.

The recall is for unexpired products in two dosage amounts.

The recalled batches include certain lots of ranitidine tablets in 150 milligram and 300 mg strengths. The FDA has been investigating NDMA since 2018.

The FDA released the results of preliminary tests of safer, carcinogen-free antacid alternatives, including the likes of Pepcid (famotidine), Tagamet (cimetidine), Nexium (esomeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole) and Prilosec (omeprazole), all of which were found to have no traces of the potentially cancer-causing agent NDMA. For example, according to CNN, "Last year, drugmaker Novartis said it would stop distribution of all ranitidine medicines made by Sandoz; Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. recalled its ranitidine medicines; and Sanofi recalled Zantac OTC, its popular heartburn medication".

Appco Pharma also recalled ranitidine packages due to possible traces of NDMA.

Mylan N.V. has also recalled three lots of nizatidine used to treat duodenal ulcers and acid reflux.

Neither company reported any adverse events directly related to the recall, but nevertheless advised consumers to immediately discontinue use, discard the product and consult physician for other treatment options.

Recalled batches include nizatidine capsules sold in bottles of 60 with an expiration date of May, as well as nizatidine capsules sold in bottles of 30 with an expiration date of January.