Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

One other blood stress medicine has been recalled over cancer-causing impurity

Click to enlarge These are the drugs from Actavis Group that have been recalled Click to enlarge These are the drugs from Actavis Group that have been recalled
Anna Jefferson | 06 January, 2019, 16:45

Another pharmaceutical company is recalling blood pressure medication after detecting trace amounts of a cancer-causing chemical.

Alternative treatment options, as advised by an expert, may involve opting for a different manufacturer or switching to another blood pressure drug.

Amlodipine Valsartan Tablets USP, Valsartan HCTZ Tablets, USP and Valsartan Tablets USP are used to control high blood pressure and for the treatment of heart failure.

They contain trace amounts of N-nitrosodiethylamine, a substance that can be encountered in air pollution, industrial activity, drinking water and select foods.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited announced Thursday that it was expanding its voluntary recall of Losartan from two lots to 10 lots.

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Consumers with medical questions about the recalled medication can contact Torrent at 1-800-912-9561 from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. EST. Currently, the U.S. FDA is planning to continue investigation as well as test the receptor blockers in the drug for NDEA presence and another probable carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine.

"At present, there is no evidence that medicines containing NDMA or NDEA have caused any harm to patients". The agency stresses that not all valsartan and related products are under recall, only specific lots.

The announcement came into being on the New Year's Eve, and the company allegedly said that they had not received any of the reports related to the adverse effects of the drugs during that time. It is also used to treat kidney disease in patients with diabetes. Valsartan, you may remember, has been the subject of recalls due to such impurities in the past.

Immediately stopping medication without an alternative could be risky. Torrent is recalling only these particular losartan potassium tablets.

This recall comes after the United States recall on sartan products, including valsartan, last year, and the ongoing efforts into the Europe-wide investigation into the contamination of these products.

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