URGENT for diabetics: Metformin ER recall – USA and Canada

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If you are taking Metformin ER and haven’t heard about the recall yet, call your doctor at once!

article from MAY 29, 2020

FDA orders 5 firms to recall diabetes drug metformin

WASHINGTON — U.S. health regulators are telling five drugmakers to recall their versions of a widely used diabetes medication after laboratory tests found elevated levels of a contaminant linked to cancer.

The Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that several batches of the drug metformin tested positive for unsafe levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

Metformin tablets are a staple of diabetes care, reducing excess sugar in the blood. People with Type 2 diabetes use metformin alone or with other drugs to help control their blood sugar levels. More than 34 million people in the U.S. have this disease.

Patients should continue taking metformin drugs until their doctor can prescribe a replacement


**Updated to add:
This recall is for ‘Metformin Hydrochloride Extended Release Tablets, USP, 500 mg and 750 mg’, manufactured by Amneal Pharmaceuticals, an American company based in New Jersey.

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