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Cancer worries halt shipments of generic Zantac

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A division of Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis is halting distribution of generic Zantac pills over concerns about an ingredient possibly linked to cancer.

Novartis-owned Sandoz has issued a "precautionary distribution stop" of all medicines containing ranitidine, an antacid and antihistamine used to block stomach acid.

The stop "in all our markets will remain in place" until "further clarification," Novartis said.

"Our internal investigation is ongoing to determine further details," the company said.

The move came after the Food and Drug Administration last week said it had detected low levels of a probable carcinogen in the heartburn drug Zantac and its generic versions.

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