CDSCO Checks Adverse Effect Of Ranitidine, Dr. Reddy's Suspends Supply

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Following the ongoing probe by the USFDA, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has said that they will suspend the supply of the drug Ranitidine worldwide for precaution.

Written By Rishabh Mishra | Mumbai | Updated On:

Following the ongoing probe by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd has said that they will suspend the supply of the drug Ranitidine worldwide. This comes as a precautionary measure because the drug ranitidine contains a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at low levels. The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has also started the process of 'checking for any adverse reactions of the drug'. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) V.G. Somani in a letter states that NDMA has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as “probably carcinogenic” to humans. Ranitidine is an over-the-counter and prescription drug which decreases the amount of acid created by the stomach.  

Statement from Dr. Reddy’s stating the suspension of supply

Dr. Reddy’s spokesperson told, “Dr. Reddys is still evaluating the potential impact of the issue. As a precautionary measure, Dr. Reddys is suspending all shipments worldwide of Ranitidine products until the investigation (by the FDA) outcome is available. We have both a prescription and an over-the-counter portfolio of the product”. The USFDA in a release said that some ranitidine medicines, including the brand name Zantac, contained 'low levels' of NDMA.  

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FDA's Statement 

The FDA in a statement on September 13 had said it is working with international regulators and industry partners to determine the source of this impurity in Ranitidine. Being manufactured by several companies Ranitidine needs examining, in order to identify the levels of NDMA and evaluate any possible risk to patients. Though the FDA is not calling for individuals to stop taking Ranitidine at this time. However, patients taking the prescription and wishing to discontinue its use should talk to their health care professionals about other treatment options, the US drug regulator said.  

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