ALERT: Popular Diabetes Drug Recalled Due to Possible Cancerous Chemical

A recall of the widely-used diabetes drug metformin was announced by drug maker Apotex, due to possible high levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is believed to cause cancer in people.

Metformin is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States and is often the first oral medication prescribed for people newly diagnosed with diabetes. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 78 million prescriptions for metformin were written in 2017, with extended-release versions of the drug accounting for about one-quarter of those prescriptions.