Zantac Taken Off Shelves due to Cancer Causing Ingredient.
Zantac and its generic form, Ranitidine, are being pulled off the shelves at local stores including, Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS. The FDA has detected low levels of a cancer-causing chemical in a sampling of the medication.
Zantac, the brand-name version of the drug, is sold by Sanofi, but generic versions are sold by many.
According to the FDA, Ranitidine is a histamine blocker that works to lower the acid created in the stomach. Zantac and Ranitidine are often prescribed to prevent ulcers of the stomach and intestines as well as gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The FDA released that it had found low levels of a cancer-causing contaminant, a type of nitrosamine called nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, in the heartburn medications.
The FDA is continuing to investigate the source of contamination as well at the potential risk this has to consumers.
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Source: The New York Times, “Zantac Pulled From Shelves by Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS Over Carcinogen Fears”