Walgreens joins Rite Aid and CVS in pulling Zantac from shelves

Walgreens  joins what has now become a pharmacy trifecta in pulling the top selling heartburn medicine Zantac and its generic versions from store shelves.

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Walgreens joins Rite Aid and CVS  after the Food and Drug Administration warned this month that it had detected low levels of a cancer-causing chemical in samples of the drug, according to the New York Times.

Walgreens and CVS announced its move on Saturday.

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The companies said customers who had bought the products could return them for a refund.

The F.D.A. is looking into the source of the contamination as well as the risk to patients.

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Zantac, the brand-name version of the drug, is sold by Sanofi, but generic versions are widely sold.