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Issues with valsartan continue despite investigations and recalls

High blood pressure and heart failure threaten the lives of numerous people here in Ohio and across the country. Unfortunately, some of the most prescribed medications for these conditions include valsartan as an ingredient, which became the subject of recalls in 2018 after it was discovered it contained an impurity identified as a probable human carcinogen. After more than a year since manufacturers began recalling medication containing this ingredient, the Food and Drug Administration is still discovering faulty manufacturing processes.

Should the Food and Drug Administration recall Metformin?

Numerous prescription and over the counter medications have been recalled due to the presence of a probable human carcinogen called N-Nitrosodimethylamine and referred to as NDMA. The recalls began with valsartan and losartan, which are popular blood pressure medications, and then expanded to over the counter heartburn medications including Zantac and its generic equivalent ranitidine. Now, Valisure, a online pharmacy, is asking the Food and Drug Administration to recall metformin, a widely used diabetes drug.

Can you hold a drug company responsible for your illness?

You expect that when your Ohio doctor prescribes you a medication, it is safe for you to take. Unfortunately, it has become clear that is not always the case. More medications, including those containing ranitidine, can put your long-term health at risk due to the presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a human carcinogen.

Nizatidine added to list of medications recalled for NDMA

Since Sept. 2019, more and more drug recalls have surfaced regarding heartburn medications containing ranitidine, the most popular of which is Zantac. Once the recalls started, they continued to expand to include nearly all brands of this medication.

Could another over-the-counter medication cause cancer?

People in Ohio and across the country have become used to hearing about prescription drugs subject to recalls for one reason or another. However, since the recall of the widely popular over-the-counter medication Zantac kicked off several recalls of ranitidine heartburn medications, concern has been raised about other drugs people use every day and can buy at nearly any store. These fears may be well-founded if a state on the west coast has anything to say about it.

The new year brings in more heartburn drug recalls

Toward the end of 2019, consumers in Ohio and elsewhere learned that a popular medication some have taken for decades contained a human carcinogen that could give them a variety of cancers. Since Sept. 2019, numerous pharmaceutical companies have voluntarily issued recalls for products containing ranitidine, a popular heartburn reliever. Some people may have hoped that the new year would bring better news, but instead, the Food and Drug Administration only continues to widen heartburn drug recalls.

Understanding why drug recalls happen

The controversy surrounding Zantac and other medications containing ranitidine has brought up numerous questions from many consumers across the country and here in Ohio. Drug recalls happen often for a variety of reasons, but people may not have paid much attention to why this happens until now. The information below may provide some insight into the process.

FDA approval doesn't guarantee a medication is safe

Over the last year or so, some highly popular medications for acid reflux, high blood pressure and diabetes have been recalled. Potential safety concerns have also prompted investigations by the Food and Drug Administration. The recent recalls by numerous manufacturers of medications containing ranitidine, such as Zantac, has many patients here in Ohio and elsewhere wondering whether they can take legal action against manufacturers even though the medications received FDA approval at one time.

Can the Zantac recall save others from harm?

Drugs are taken off the market all the time, but sometimes, the medication is so popular that it causes authorities to take a look elsewhere. Technically, the recent surge in testing of medications for contaminants started with popular blood pressure medications, but things really took off with the recall of Zantac across the country, including here in Ohio. Perhaps, the fact that an immensely popular and widely used over-the-counter medication could contain the same human carcinogen prompted closer scrutiny.

How do ranitidine medications work?

The recall of Zantac and its generic forms has raised serious questions for people across the country regarding how a dangerous human carcinogen like NDMA could end up in them. But, that is not the only question being asked. The Food and Drug Administration also wants to know how the body converts the ranitidine medications into this human carcinogen. Could the answer lie in how the medications work?

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