I don’t believe anyone was happy about the coronavirus, of course. But I can’t help but wonder if it came as a bit of relief to certain drug company executives who were on the verge of facing some serious heat when it struck.
Just before the pandemic hit, there was a scandal brewing that was set to explode. In fact, it was already well on its way to becoming the BIGGEST medical story of 2020.
I’m talking, of course, about the revelations that a wildly popular heartburn drug called ranitidine … one taken by millions both over the counter and by prescription… was hiding a deadly secret.
The danger was so great the drug was yanked off the market altogether. And let’s face it, that hardly ever happens anymore.
Well, that horrifying story just got even worse. Because now, a new report accuses the companies behind this heartburn drug of pulling some stunts to hide the truth.
But they’re not going to be able to keep it under wraps for much longer.
The heartburn med scandal just got WORSE
You’ve almost certainly heard of ranitidine (aka Zantac). If you’ve battled heartburn, you may have even taken it yourself.
In late 2019, the companies making the drug began pulling it amid reports it was contaminated with NDMA, a compound classified as a probable human carcinogen.
If you missed that news, you’re hardly alone. You were probably innocently getting ready for the 2019 holidays, unaware of how dramatically the world was about to change.
And when the FDA formally pulled the plug on the heartburn drug on April 1, 2020, it barely made a blip in the news. It had far too much competition.
At that time, the coronavirus pandemic was rapidly spiraling out of control, entire economies were crashing, and nations were shutting down.
But I didn’t miss it. I sounded the alarm at the time just in case anyone was keeping a stash of this med in their pandemic pantry (remember those?).
Now, a new legal filing claims Sanofi – one of the makers of ranitidine – knew about the dangers much earlier than they let on. Even worse, the report asserts the company spent the pandemic working overtime deleting documents related to the scandal.
Sanofi denies these claims, of course.
Soothe your stomach with THIS instead
Other firms that made similar and generic versions of the drug are also facing major lawsuits. After all, it’s their job to ensure what they sell is safe. But they didn’t.
We only found out about what was lurking in these heartburn drugs because of an independent pharmacy that happens to run its own tests on meds. They investigated this one and discovered the chemical.
Worse yet, this wasn’t something that simply “slipped in” when the drug was made. The tests revealed the problem is the drug itself. Some of the molecules are so unstable that they can TURN into NDMA over time as the drug degrades, especially if stored in warm conditions.
Unless you still have some Zantac in the back of the closet, this shouldn’t be an issue anymore since you can’t get the stuff. But many of the other options in the pharmacy aren’t a lot better.
In some ways, the PPIs that are so popular these days are even worse. One study found they could DOUBLE your odds of stomach cancer.
Stick to the time-tested remedies we know can work without the dangers.
One easy, quick fix that works surprisingly well is baking soda. Stir a teaspoon of the powder into a tall glass of water. Let it settle until it turns clear, then down it for some instant relief.
For long-term battles with reflux, consider DGL. Many folks swear by this safer form of licorice root for lasting relief.