Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Blood pressure medication recalled

Blood pressure meds recalled over contamination concern Voluntary recall issued for blood-pressure drugs over substance linked to cancer
Ben Pena | 06 January, 2019, 16:43

Another blood pressure medication has been recalled over concerns it could contain trace amounts of carcinogens. Losartan potassium is a drug used to control high blood pressure. In all of these cases of blood pressure drug recalls, it is important for consumers to consult their physician before discontinuing use of these drugs.

Reportedly, the U.S. FDA (Food & Drug Administration) claimed that the impurity, scientifically known as NDEA (N-Nitrosodiethylamine), was found in unconventional amounts in certain tablets including Valsartan HCTZ tablets USP, Amlodipine Valsartan tablets USP, and Valsartan tablets USP, which resulted in the voluntary recall of the medicine.

In October past year, the FDA halted imports of drug ingredients or medicines containing ingredients produced at a factory of a Chinese bulk manufacturer of valsartan, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals.

The FDA is advising patients prescribed these medications to continue to take them, as the health risks may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

Torrent Pharmaceuticals has expanding it recall of Losartan potassium tablets USP to 10 lots for a possible cancer-causing impurity.

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So far, the pharmaceutical company that issued the recall has not received any reports of adverse effects of the drugs, FDA officials said.

In total four Irbesartan Hydrochlorothiazide branded medicines have been recalled.

Losartan can also be perscribed to treat hypertensive patients with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy and for the treatment of nephropathy in Type 2 diabetic patients.

Instructions for returning recalled products are given in the recall letter. "Having a stroke or some sort of cardiovascular event is very serious, and if patients stop taking their blood pressure medication without consulting their prescriber, they're at risk for some sort of serious health event". The recalled medication was distributed nationwide to distributors, repackagers, and retail customers.

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