Nizatidine Recall in Canada Raises Serious Questions
A major Canadian pharmaceutical company has issued a nizatidine recall, the latest in a string of cancer concerns related to the popular heartburn medication. An initial nizatidine recall was issued by Mylan in the United States in early 2020 after testing found elevated levels of NDMA, a potentially cancer-causing chemical.
Similar NDMA contamination was discovered in Zantac in late 2019, prompting a major FDA recall and warning that Zantac may cause cancer. Like nizatidine, Zantac is an H2-antihistamine blocker used to treat heartburn and gastric ulcers.
Brand name nizatidine medications include Tazac and Axid.
In the wake of nizatidine recalls in Canada and the United States, our nizatidine cancer lawyers are investigating claims of cancer potentially caused by NDMA-contaminated nizatidine, including Tazac and Axid.
Canadian Nizatidine Recall: What’s Involved
Two lots of nizatidine were recalled by the Pendopharm Division of a major Candian drug manufacturer, Pharmascience, Inc. in early May 2020. Pharmascience had previously agreed to stop manufacturing Axid (nizatidine) after NDMA contamination was discovered in early 2020.
Lots of nizatidine (Axid) being recalled as of early May 2020 include:
- Axid Caps 100, DIN: 00778338, 150 mg, Lot: 616927, EXP: Aug 31, 2020
- Axid Caps 100, DIN: 00778338, 150 mg, Lot: 617088, EXP: Aug 31, 2020
Nizatidine Recalls in the United States
Prior to the nizatidine recall in Canada, manufacturers in the United States took action due to potential NDMA contamination in the heartburn medication.
In April 2020, Amneal Pharmaceutical in the United States recalled its nizatidine oral solution (15 mg tablets) due to “unacceptable” levels of potentially cancer-causing NDMA. The FDA has requested that all nizatidine manufacturers conduct additional testing to determine whether levels of NDMA are within the acceptable limit.
In January 2020, Mylan, another major U.S. drug manufacturer, voluntarily recalled certain lots of nizatidine due to tests that showed elevated levels of NDMA, as well.
For more information on nizatidine recalls in the United States, please visit the FDA’s Zantac and nizatidine updates pages.
Does nizatidine cause cancer?
In the wake of findings of NDMA contamination in nizatidine (including brand names Axid and Tazac), many doctors and patients are asking if nizatidine causes cancer.
The fact is, nizatidine has been found to be contaminated with NDMA, which a known carcinogen and is actually used to cause cancer in laboratory animals.
NDMA has been linked to as many as 20 different types of cancer, including:
- Esophageal cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Breast cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Nasal/throat cancer
- Lung cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
Those whose cancer was potentially caused by contaminated nizatidine may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
If you believe your cancer may be due to taking nizatidine (including Tazac or Axid), please call 1-800-525-7111 to speak with a nizatidine lawyer who can help.
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***Disclaimer: No settlement agreement has been reached in any litigation regarding ranitidine (ZANTAC®), including in the Multidistrict Litigation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (case no. 20-MD-2924).