West Des Moines, IA (KROC-AM News) - Hy-Vee has temporarily suspended the sale of all over-the-counter Zantac and Topcare heartburn products.

The grocery store chain says the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution due to a recent industry-wide product alert from the Food and Drug Administration that ranitidine products may contain a low level of a probable human carcinogen.”

Walgreen’s CVS and Rite Aid stores have also stopped selling the products.
The FDA issued an official recall on Topcare 75mg ranitidine products, but no other Zantac brand products and Topcare brand ranitidine products have been recalled. Customers who purchased these products can return them to Hy-Vee for a full refund.

Ranitidine is an H2 Blocker that is taken to provide heartburn relief. Hy-Vee stores and Hy-Vee pharmacy locations will continue to sell other over-the-counter H2 Blockers, including Pepcid, Tagamet and their respective generic equivalents, famotidine and cimetidine.

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