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Diabetes Drug Recalled Due to Contamination With Carcinogen

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Wednesday, 04 November 2020 10:45 AM

A cancer-causing compound in the drug metformin has resulted in the recall of two lots of the drug, CNN reported Tuesday. Metformin is a widely prescribed drug used to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.

Kansas City-based Nostrum Laboratories Inc., said Monday that it is voluntarily recalling its metformin HCl extended release tablets, USP 750 mg, according to a notice from the U.S. Drug and Food Administration.

These tablets are tainted with higher than safe levels of the chemical nitrosamine, or NDMA. NDMA is a possible carcinogen, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

NDMA is an organic chemical used in the making of liquid rocket fuel and can be a byproduct of manufacturing, including pharmaceuticals. It's also in water and foods, such as meats, dairy, and vegetables, CNN noted. It's also been found in some blood pressure drugs and antacids.

This is the latest in several recalls of metformin due to potentially cancer-causing contaminants, CNN noted. No reports of adverse events related to the recall have been reported, the company said.

The affected product is packaged in HDPE bottles of 100 tablets, under NDC 29033-056-01. The affected Metformin HCl Extended Release Tablets, USP 750 mg lots are under NDC 29033-056-01, lot numbers MET200101 and MET200301 which expiration date 05/2022. It can be identified as an off-white oblong tablet debossed with "NM7."

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