Type 2 diabetes medication recalled for possible cancer risk

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The FDA is calling on several manufacturers of the drug Metformin to recall the commonly prescribed diabetes drug because of a cancer risk.

Some versions of Metformin have been found to have excessive levels of the chemical NDMA which could increase the risk of cancer.

Doctors often recommend patients with Type 2 diabetes or even pre-diabetes to take the medication to control their blood sugar levels.

Harrold’s Pharmacy owner and pharmacist Bruce Lefkowitz says not all versions of Metformin are under the voluntary recall.

Healthbeat reporter Mark Hiller talks with Mr. Lefkowitz about what you need to know tonight on Eyewitness News at 5.

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