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Patients nationwide need to check their medicine cabinets this week as a widely prescribed drug has been recalled by the manufacturer. If you're receiving treatment for type-2 diabetes, and have been prescribed metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets, this impacts you. The alert was issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relating to Indian pharmaceutical company Marksans Pharma Limited on the grounds that their version of the tablets contain higher levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) than the acceptable daily intake limits. NDMA is listed as "a probable human carcinogen," which raises the risk of cancer. Read on to find out more, and for another recent recall that should be on your radar, These Two Common Bathroom Products Have Just Been Recalled.

The metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets are commonly given to patients to lower their glucose levels and are sold under the brand name Time-Cap Labs, Inc. This recall applies to the tablets of 500 mg and 750 mg in size. A similar product recall started earlier this summer and seven other pharmaceutical companies have now issued recalls for similar reasons.

Most tablets that use NDMA do so at a safe level. What is unclear—and currently under investigation by the FDA—is where NDMA comes from originally and how it has ended up in these recalled products in the quantities it has.

The FDA has issued a list of the products to which the latest recall applies, with National Drug Code numbers to allow identification. The tablets are either embossed with the numbers 101 or 102 on one side, and are unmarked on the other. If you have any of these in your medicine cabinet, contact your doctor and pharmacy for further advice.

Most importantly, the FDA advises that "patients taking recalled metformin should continue taking it until a doctor or pharmacist gives them a replacement or a different treatment option. It could be dangerous for patients with type-2 diabetes to stop taking their metformin without first talking to their health care professional. Patients should return unused recalled metformin to their pharmacist when they get their new medication." For more products being banned, check out The FDA Just Recalled 21 Popular Dog Foods for This Terrifying Reason.

And here are the recalled metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets to look out for:

Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500 mg

90 counts: 49483-623-09

100 counts: 49483-623-01

500 counts: 49483-623-50

1000 counts: 49483-623-10

Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 750 mg

100 counts: 49483-624-01

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John Quinn
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