FDA Mulling Petition To Add Cancer Warning Labels On Antacids


WE GOT TO HAVE YOU BACK. THAT HE IS CONSIDERING A PETITION CALLING FOR CANCER WARNING LABELS ON POPULAR OVER- THE-COUNTER ANTACIDS, THAT TREAT HEARTBURN. THROAT CANCER HAS SKYROCKETED. MANY DOCTORS ARE BLAMING THOSE MEDICATIONS. STEPHANIE STAHL EXPLAINS THE CONNECTION. THIS IS MY BABY.>Reporter: JOE LIKES MAKING ALL THINGS NEW. THE RETIRED ENGINEER ALMOST DID NOT GET TO SEE HIS CAMARO FULLY RESTORED. I STARTED ARRANGING MY STUFF TO DIE.>Reporter: WHEN JOE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ESOPHAGEAL CANCER IT WAS ADVANCED. THE MAIN SYMPTOM HEARTBURN HAVE BEEN CONTROLLED WITH ANTACIDS THAT JOE TOOK FOR 30 YEARS. IT STARTED WHEN I WAS 16. IT RAN IN THE FAMILY. Reporter: 15 BILLION AMERICANS EXPERIENCE URBAN EVERY DAY. IT IS CAUSED BY STOMACH ACID BACKING UP INTO THE ESOPHAGUS. IT IS USUALLY NOT SERIOUS. EXCEPT WHEN THERE IS A CANCER CONNECTION. IT IS A BIG PROBLEM IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE. Reporter: DOCTOR ANTHONY SAYS MOST PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THE CONNECTION BETWEEN HEARTBURN AND ESOPHAGEAL CANCER. BUT THIS IS ALL TUMOR. TRUCK BECAUSE ANTACIDS WORK SO WELL, THEY CAN MASK THE MAIN SYMPTOM. TAKING THESE THINGS AND FEELING BETTER DOES NOT DECREASE YOUR RISK. WE FOUND OUT THE HARD WAY. AND WE DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN.>Reporter: MONTE DIED FROM ESOPHAGEAL CANCER AFTER YEARS OF TAKING ANTACIDS FOR HEARTBURN. I DO NOT HAVE THE WORDS TO TELL YOU WHAT IT WAS LIKE MY HUSBAND WAS AN AMAZING FATHER AND HUSBAND>Reporter: MINDY STARTED THE ESOPHAGEAL CANCER ACTION NETWORK TO RAISE AWARENESS BUT THEN FILED A PETITION WITH FDA CALLING FOR NEW LABELS ON HEARTBURN DRUGS, WARNING PEOPLE ABOUT THE RISK. WE BELIEVE THAT THE WARNING LABELS ON THE MEDICATIONS NEED TO SAY SOMETHING MORE THAN HEARTBURN COULD LEAD TO A SERIOUS CONDITION. THE LABELING HAS TO BE CLEAR THAT ACID REFLUX HEPBURN IS A RISK FACTOR THAT HEARTBURN IS A RISK FACTOR FOR ESOPHAGEAL CANCER.>Reporter: EVIDENCE FROM DECADES OF REAL-WORLD USE, CURRENT MEDICAL LITERATURE AND PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES ASSURES PATIENTS AND PHYSICIANS THAT THEY CAN HAVE THE MOST CONFIDENCE IN THE CURRENT LABELING. I HAD NO IDEA.>Reporter: FOR JOE, WHO IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE AND ABLE TO EAT, HE THINKS THERE SHOULD BE BETTER WARNINGS. IF I WOULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THAT BACK THEN, I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN CHECKED.>Reporter: STEPHANIE STAHL, KDKA TV NEWS. PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHRONIC HEARTBURN ARE ADVISED TO GET A

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