FDA Investigates Metformin for Possible Carcinogen
Metformin is one of the most popular prescription drugs prescribed to help folks who are fighting Diabetes. The drug which is a popular brand of insulin has been found to contain potentially life-threatening impurities, health officials reports Newsweek. Researchers have found that Metformin, a type of insulin used to treat Type 2 diabetics, contains nitrosamines, the FDA announced Monday.
Nitrosamines, or NDA, is a known environmental contaminant that's classified as a probable human carcinogen, which means it ingesting it could cause cancer.
However, researchers say their investigation is ongoing and patients who use Metformin should wait before discontinuing the treatment. "The FDA recommends prescribers continue to use Metformin when clinically appropriate," says the FDA's Janet Woodcock. "There are no alternative medications that treat this condition in the same way."The FDA notes while many foods contain NDMA, ingesting more than 96 nanograms a day is considered risky. "Improved technology enables us to detect even trace amounts of impurities in drug products and may be the reason why more products have been found to have low levels of NDMA," a statement from the agency reads. If the FDA isn't suggesting a recall, is it irresponsible to potentially create a scare by releasing this information?
The FDA report says: Consumers may also consider alternative treatments that are approved for the same or similar uses as ranitidine and nizatidine. To date, FDA’s testing has not found NDMA in Pepcid (famotidine), Tagamet (cimetidine), Nexium (esomeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole), or Prilosec (omeprazole). You can read the entire FDA report here.