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Jakarta Post

Healthy diet, healthy tummy

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, October 17 2019   /  12:49 am

Prevention is better than cure. The massive withdrawal of ranitidine, a medicine commonly used to treat stomach problems, is another reminder of that. An affordable drug that has been distributed by 70 pharmaceutical firms in the country since 1989, it has become a staple to cure chronic acid reflux that can cause stomach pain and heartburn. Recent findings by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicine Agency that ranitidine contained a small amount of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a carcinogenic substance, have led the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) to make the call; it has given pharma companies 80 days to recall the product.   The agency cited a global study that determined the acceptable daily intake of NDMA to be 96 nanograms. Intake higher than that would be carcinogenic in the long term.To say that the authorities have no...