Zantac Recalled by Sanofi

MONDAY, Oct. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The over-the-counter heartburn drug Zantac has been recalled in the United States and Canada by French drug maker Sanofi.

The recall comes a month after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first warned that versions of the drug had low levels of the cancer-causing contaminant N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), The New York Times reported.

Several manufacturers of generic versions of Zantac, called ranitidine, had already recalled their products, which had been taken off the shelves of major U.S. retailers.

Sanofi is investigating the issue, according to a statement from the company.

NDMA is found in a variety of products, including cured meats, and is the same contaminant that was found in some versions of the widely-used prescription blood-pressure drug valsartan, sold under the brand name Diovan. There have been several recalls of valsartan, The Times reported.

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