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2 lots of diabetes

medicine recalled

A diabetes medication has been voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer for potentially containing high levels of a chemical linked to cancer, the Food and Drug Administration announced this month.

Missouri-based Nostrum Laboratories recalled two lots of its Metformin HCI extended-release tablets, which were distributed nationally through wholesalers, a news release said.

The tablets may contain the chemical N-nitrosdimethylamine, or NDMA, in amounts higher than the FDA-recommended daily limit. That substance is classed as a probable human carcinogen, based on lab tests.

No adverse events have been reported.

Full details for which lots of the medication were recalled and how to identify them are on the health agency’s website:

Arkansas has one of the nation’s highest rates of diabetes, according to federal data and the American Diabetes Association.

The condition affects an estimated 360,000 people in the state.

Data: Pain reports

higher in rural areas

People living in rural areas are more likely to say they have chronic pain than people living in cities, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

That was true both for chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain, which is defined as pain that frequently limits work or life activities.

About 28.1% of people living in rural areas reported chronic pain in the past three months, compared with 16.4% of people living in a large central metropolitan area.

For high-impact chronic pain, about 10.1% of rural residents said they were affected, relative to 6.1% of residents in the most urban areas.

Arkansas is among the nation’s 10 most rural states, according to U.S. Census data.

Nationally, more women said they had chronic pain than men, and white adults reported more chronic pain than Black, Hispanic or Asian adults, the analysis said.

A report did not break down any of those categories by urbanization level.

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care. It’s connected to opioid dependence and a reduced quality of life, researchers wrote.

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