Terrence Deyalsingh

 Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh

The Health Ministry has issued an urgent recall of stomach acid medicines such as Zantac and medication containing Ranitidine Hydrochloride.

The issue surfaced when an online pharmacy in the US alerted the regulators that their tests of samples revealed the drug seems to contain a cancer-causing impurity nitrosamine (N-nitrosodimethylamine NDMA) beyond permissible levels. In the US, retail giants such as CVS and Walgreen and manufacturers such as Apotex have already withdrawn ranitidine drugs from the market.

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