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Popular heartburn drug sold at Walgreens, Walmart recalled

This Oct. 14, 2015, file photo, shows the U.S. Food & Drug Administration campus in Silver Spring, Md. Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik, File
This Oct. 14, 2015, file photo, shows the U.S. Food & Drug Administration campus in Silver Spring, Md.

Updated: September 30, 2019 03:00 PM

A popular heartburn drug, Ranitidine, is being recalled because the medication may contain an impurity that could cause cancer, according to a notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Apotex Corp. is recalling Ranitidine Tablets 75mg and 150mg, of all pack sizes and formats, that were sold in Walgreens, Walmart and Rite Aid. Apotex learned from the FDA and other global regulators that some ranitidine medicines, including brand and generic formulations regardless of manufacturer, contain a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at low levels.

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NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen, which is a substance that could cause cancer. It is a known environmental contaminant found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products and vegetables.

Ranitidine Hydrochloride Tablet is an over-the-counter oral product used for the relief of heartburn associated with acid indigestion and sour stomach. The affected medicines can be identified by NDC numbers stated on the product label.

To see a full list of products impacted, click here

Customers who purchased the impacted product directly from Apotex can call Inmar Rx Solutions at 800-967-5952 (option 1) to arrange for their return. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can call Apotex Corp. at 1-800-706-5575 or send an email.

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