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Chains Pull Zantac After FDA Finding

FDA is looking into presence of likely carcinogen

(Newser) - Walgreens and CVS have decided to stop selling Zantac in their stores, two weeks after the FDA said it found low levels of a likely carcinogen in some of the heartburn pills. The drugstore chains said the suspension of sales, which also applies to generics, will be in effect while... More »

Popular Heartburn Drugs Are Being Recalled

Generic versions of Zantac are being recalled over concerns about probable carcinogen

(Newser) - Nearly two weeks after a probable carcinogen was detected at low levels in heartburn medications, the over-the-counter drugs are being recalled. Drug manufacturer Apotex said Thursday it's voluntarily recalling 75mg and 150mg ranitidine tablets sold at Walgreens, Walmart, and Rite Aid over the possible presence of cancer-causing impurity NDMA.... More »

FDA Looks Into Low Levels of Concerning Impurity in Zantac

No recall for now, FDA says

(Newser) - The FDA is evaluating the risk to people who take Zantac and its generic versions after a probable carcinogen was found in the heartburn medication. N-nitrosodimethylamine, also known as NDMA, is the nitrosamine impurity detected in low levels, CNN reports. The agency has been investigating such impurities in blood pressure... More »

More Drugs Recalled Due to Cancer Risk

Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc., recalls valsartan tablets

(Newser) - The recall of blood pressure medications due to possible risk of cancer is expanding again. Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc., is voluntarily recalling 80 lots of its valsartan tablets "due to the detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity found in the finished drug product," per an FDA... More »

More Drugs Recalled Over Possible Cancer Risk

Recall involves heart medication valsartan

(Newser) - The recall of heart medications containing the drug valsartan has expanded, with generic drug maker Mylan this week recalling 104 lots of three medicines. These include valsartan tablets, valsartan and amlodipine combination tablets, and hydrochlorothiazide, HealthDay reports. This latest move follows similar recalls in recent months after drug makers have... More »

Pfizer Recalls Birth Control Pills

Some may not contain enough contraceptive to be effective

(Newser) - Pfizer is yanking about a million packs of birth control pills off of shelves nationwide over concerns that they don't contain enough contraceptive to be effective, reports Reuters . The recall, announced yesterday, affects lots of Lo/Ovral-28, Norgestrel, and Ethinyl Estradiol; due a packaging error, some packets contain too many... More »

FDA: Tylenol Maker Delayed Recall of Tainted Drugs

Regulator issues warning letter over moldy-smelling OTC products

(Newser) - The maker of Tylenol waited more than a year to recall products it knew were chemically tainted, the FDA alleged in a warning letter to the company today. The agency says McNeil Consumer Healthcare Products, a division of Johnson & Johnson, learned in 2008 that some batches of Tylenol, Motrin,... More »

800K Swine Flu Shots for Kids Recalled

They lost effectiveness since being distributed

(Newser) - French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis has recalled 800,000 child doses of swine flu vaccine sold to the US because the preservative-free shots have significantly declined in potency since manufacture. The CDC says anyone already vaccinated with the syringes—intended for children 6 to 25 months—is safe, but doctors should return... More »

P&G Recalls Contaminated Vicks Nasal Spray

Lots affected by bacteria were sold in US, UK, Germany

(Newser) - Procter & Gamble has voluntarily recalled batches of its Vicks nasal spray contaminated with bacteria. Though the bacteria are likely harmless to healthy people, CNN reports, the contamination could prove disastrous for those with compromised immune systems. The product is in the Vicks Sinex line in the US and UK,... More »

US Recalls High-Profile Diet Pill

'Natural' supplement Hydroxycut caused liver damage: FDA

(Newser) - US government health officials are announcing the recall of a popular weight loss pill, after reports of liver damage and other health problems. Food and Drug Administration officials said Friday the manufacturer of Hydroxycut has launched a recall of the dietary supplement, used by people trying to shed pounds, and... More »

Feds ID Extra Drug in Baxter's Recalled Heparin

FDA unsure if chemical was behind reactions to blood-thinner

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration has identified the extra ingredient found in samples of Baxter’s blood-thinning drug heparin, the Wall Street Journal reports today. Some batches of the drug—recalled in January after reports of allergic reactions—contained over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate, but it is not certain that was the... More »

Blood Thinner Woes Hit Germany

100 may have been sickened by heparin not tied to Baxter

(Newser) - Heparin blood thinners may have sickened as many as 100 people in Germany, health officials report. The FDA is currently investigating the drug after it was linked to 19 deaths and hundreds of allergic reactions in the US, possibly due to contaminants from China. The agency is now recommending that... More »

Drug Recall Hurts Poor HIV Patients

In many countries, no life-saving meds

(Newser) - In the wake of a drug recall by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche, tens of thousands of AIDS patients in the developing world no longer have access to lifesaving medicine. Last month, Roche announced a recall of the drug Viracept, after finding a hazardous chemical in some batches. But in... More »

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