CVS stops selling OTC heartburn drug Zantac over cancer fears

Already, it is inadvisable to take Prilosec and Nexium, both prescription meds, for acid-reflux or heartburn because the FDA found a suspected link between the two drugs and cardiac trouble. Prilosec and Nexium can also raise your risk of pneumonia, bone loss, and bone fracture. See “8 drugs doctors won’t take“.

Now, it appears that Zantac, an over-the-counter drug for heartburn, is also inadvisable.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a warning on Sept. 13, 2019 that the “FDA has learned that some ranitidine medicines, including some products commonly known as the brand-name drug Zantac, contain a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at low levels. NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables.”

Although the FDA is not calling for individuals to stop taking Zantac at this time, the agency nevertheless recommends people taking OTC ranitidine, including Zantac, to “consider using other OTC medicines approved for their condition.”

That led CVS drug stores to take Zantac off their shelves.

The BBC reports that on Sept. 28, 2019, CVS announced it was suspending the sale of Zantac and CVS Health brand ranitidine products “out of an abundance of caution”.

CVS is only the latest to suspend the sale of Zantac. Walgreens, Walmart and Rite Aid in the US had earlier taken a similar decision. Canada and France have already announced Zantac recalls. The US (FDA) and the European Union are investigating.

Drug makers are also recalling products containing the carcinogen NDMA:

  • Sandoz, owned by Novartis, is recalling several batches of its ranitidine-containing medicines.
  • Apotex is also recalling ranitidine tablets in the US.
  • Recalls are also under way or pending in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, North Macedonia, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the US.

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kjf
kjf
1 year ago

So when is the FDA going to tell the the other branches of government it is causing cancer, alzheimers, and God only knows what else with the constant spraying of liquid aluminum, lead and other known hazards?

I wonder when ppl will realize almost every medication you take is not curing you but only hiding the symptoms

DCG
Admin
DCG
1 year ago

I wonder if those meds are made in China,,,

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  DCG

probably. everything else is

Mary Haas
Mary Haas
1 year ago

I hope this doesn’t include Omeprazole. I have to take it every day since having a perforated ulcer.

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Haas

All drugs carry some risk. hence the therapeutic index, weighing risks against benefits. With omeprazole my advice would be – don’t worry about it

Lola
Lola
1 year ago

My prematurely born son was prescribed this (liquid) as an infant for reflux. This is before I woke up.

TrailDust
Admin
1 year ago

Who knows what “safe” medications we will hear more bad things about. It sems, the best way is to avoid medications as much as possible.

Judy JJ Smith
Judy JJ Smith
1 year ago

I hope to share this piece of information that you will share it with others. I had acid reflux that was so bad it escaped into my ear canals and that really hurts. When I started taking black cohosh for hormone supplement a few years ago(because I take no prescription drugs) I noticed the acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn all stopped. I had to be sure it was not a fluke and stopped the black cohosh; I had acid reflux in a few days. Oh, also, the night muscle spasms stopped after using BC. One tablet morning, one tablet evening. Most… Read more »

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  Judy JJ Smith

Thank you, I didn’t know that about BC. You’re absolutely correct. All drugs are toxins

William
William
1 year ago

There are many many drugs on the market that are extremely dangerous but are nevertheless routinely prescribed. The typical procedure is for new drugs to receive rubber-stamp approval from the FDA, they are heavily marketed and garner huge profits, (one “hep C ” drug, an emerging market, sells here in MA for 9000 dollars a pill. MassHealth, meaning the taxpayers, covers most of that expense) and when they near the end of their patent lives they are pulled because of specious “hazards” and replaced with a”new” class of drug, often just an isomer, a molecular mirror-image of the original drug.… Read more »

Truckjunkie
Truckjunkie
1 year ago

I’m grateful that the Drug Manufacturers have to include the most likely side-effects in their advertising. Some would be funny if it wasn’t so serious. “For Migrain Headaches-possible side effects include DEATH….” Well,that’s ONE way to cure a headache….

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  Truckjunkie

The antidepressants all list increased risk of suicidal ideation as “side effects”. To them that’s a successful outcome, the patient who suicides isn’t depressed anymore