Diabetes Drug Recalled Due To Cancer-Causing Agent
A manufactuer of metformin hydrochloride, the widely used diabetes medication, has issued a new recall of its extended-release tablets.The drug is being recalled because of dangerously high levels of NDMA, which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists as a “probable human carcinogen.”
If you use any brand of metformin tablets, please take caution and watch for further developments. You may be entitled to replacement meds, monetary compensation or participation in legal action against the manufacturer. Our attorneys can explain your legal rights.
Why Was Metformin Recalled?
Metformin hydrochloride (metformin HCL) treats type 2 diabetes by lowering glucose levels. Marksans Pharma Ltd., a drug company in India, has recalled its extended-release metformin tablets because of high levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a contaminant believed to cause cancer. Millions of tablets contained more than the acceptable limit of 96 nanograms of NDMA.
The latest Marksans recall expands on a previous recall from this summer. Seven other pharmaceutical companies have previously recalled metformin products because of high NDMA levels.
How Do I Know If My Tablets Were Recalled
The new recall applies to 500mg and 750mg dose tablets sold under the brand name Time-Cap Labs, Inc. The recalled tablets are imprinted with “101” or “102” on one side and are plain on the other side. These are the batches recalled:
- Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500mg
- 90-count: 49483-623-09
- 100-count: 49483-623-01
- 500-count: 49483-623-50
- 1000-count: 49483-623-10
Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 750mg:
- 100-count: 49483-624-01
See the FDA full list of all recalled metformin medications.
Should I Stop Talking Metformin Tablets That Were Recalled?
Not at this time. The FDA warns that it can be dangerous for people with diabetes to stop taking their metformin medications. The FDA advises users to continue taking the recalled tablets until a doctor provides a replacement or alternative treatment option. The agency urges people to talk to their medical provider before discontinuing their diabetes medicine, and to contact their provider if they experience any problems related to taking the recalled product.
What Should I Do Next?
Some lawsuits have been filed in relation to metformin products, and new class actions are likely. The Detroit personal injury lawyers of McKeen & Associates have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients in Michigan, Ohio and beyond. You can reach out to us at 313-524-8570 to discuss your possible legal remedies.