Metformin recalls keep happening: Patients need to be aware of the danger
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Metformin recalls keep happening: Patients need to be aware of the danger

Metformin is a cheap, convenient drug that is often used as first-line defense against further deterioration by both pre-diabetics and non-insulin-dependent diabetics alike.

Unfortunately, recalls of Metformin have been steadily coming throughout 2020 and into 2021. Nostrum Laboratories, Inc, has expanded its voluntary national recall of its extended-release Metformin tablets as recently as Jan. 4 of this year. They are far from the first — or last — company to make a recall order of this drug.

Why is Metformin being recalled?

Since about 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating the problem with cancer-causing impurities found in certain drugs. While Metformin isn’t the only drug to have this problem, it’s one of the most commonly used.

Specifically, the problem with the drug is that labs are finding high levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, in some of the pills. This is an organic compound that is found in a number of food products (like bacon and dairy), and it is also present in things like tobacco, shampoo, detergents and pesticides.

In small doses, NDMA may not be a cause for much concern. Larger doses, particularly when they’re being consumed daily by people, is a problem. NDMA has been linked to an increased risk of cancer in human beings.

What if you take Metformin?

Go through your pill bottles and make sure that you’re not using any old medicine. Contact your pharmacist or go to the FDA’s website to see if your prescription has been recalled. If so, contact your doctor immediately for instructions.

There are far more dangerous drugs around than most people realize — and some of them could be lurking in your medicine cabinet or the pill bottles of someone you love. If you believe that a dangerous drug may have harmed your health or your loved one, speak to an experienced legal advocate about your options.