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Heartburn, Diabetes, and Blood Pressure Drugs May Contain Dangerously High Levels of a Carcinogen Called NDMA

Overseas manufacturers in China and elsewhere may at the root of the epidemic of various types of cancer from taking these medications

Thursday, June 4, 2020 - It seems as if every week a Zantac heartburn medication user files a lawsuit claiming that using the antacid medication caused a different type of cancer. Plaintiffs this year have alleged that using Zantac regularly and over many years caused their stomach, bladder, intestinal, prostate, breast, colon, and now pancreatic cancer. In addition to Zantac, the FDA has now been alerted by online drug testing pharmacy Valisure that other drugs including the most popular diabetic medication also contain dangerously high levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is believed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to cause cancer in humans. In response to being alerted of this potential health crisis, the FDA has contacted metformin manufacturers and alerted them of the potential dangers and several companies have responded by pulling their diabetic drugs from the market. Zantac heartburn stomach cancer lawyers offer a free consultation to American families and individuals in the US before filing a claim.

Scientists and experts expect that overseas manufacturing processed in countries like China may be responsible for allowing NDMA to expand to carcinogenic levels when exposed to high drug storage temperatures or when the chemical interacts with nitrates, meat preservative, in the stomach. Bloomberg starting reporting on the potential health problem in July of 2018 and wrote: "Millions of blood-pressure pills known as angiotensin II receptor blockers were recalled beginning in July 2018 after being contaminated with the chemical during the manufacturing process, mainly at factories in China and India. The Senate Finance Committee is planning to hold a hearing next week to examine the FDA's ability to adequately inspect drug-production facilities overseas."

WebMD reports that a diabetic drug company has already reacted to the news by recalling their drugs and that others are sure to follow suit. "A recall of the widely-used diabetes drug metformin was announced by drug maker Apotex, due to possible high levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is believed to cause cancer in people. The recall for all lots of metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets 500 mg from Apotex comes after one lot tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had higher NDMA levels than allowed by the FDA, " Web MD reports.

Ironically, diabetic drugs like metformin are prescribed by doctors as a form of diabetes therapy that is to be taken along with the patient making changes to their diet and exercise habits. It is the same poor diet that leads a person to reach for the Zantac antacid that also leads to a person eventually developing diabetes, a more serious and often fatal disease. Changing one's diet is thought to be therapy enough to combat obesity, heartburn and acid reflux, and also to prevent or even reverse diabetes. Doctors that are educated in nutrition often recommend reducing coffee, alcohol, or eating spicy foods and switching to a more natural whole food, plant-based diet. An exercise that improves blood circulation and fresh oxygen intake can be as simple as getting out at sunrise or near sunset and walking for 30 minutes or more. More importantly, diabetic patients should not stop taking their prescribed diabetic medication until told to do so by their physician prescribing the medication as stopping the medication could lead to the disease progressing and possibly death.

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