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FDA recalls ‘losartan’ blood pressure medication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling losartan, a blood pressure medication, after finding the drug contained trace elements of an impurity, N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) that could cause cancer. FDA finds losartan potassium medication contains

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling losartan, a blood pressure medication, after finding the drug contained trace elements of an impurity, N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) that could cause cancer.

FDA finds losartan potassium medication contains two trace elements of cancer-causing carcinogens

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling losartan, a blood pressure medication, after finding the drug contained trace elements of an impurity, N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) that could cause cancer.

FDA says elements of cancer-causing impurity found in drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling losartan, a blood pressure medication, after finding the drug contained trace elements of an impurity, N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) that could cause cancer.

NDEA is an organic chemical classified as a probable human carcinogen and is used to make liquid rocket fuel. It’s also a byproduct of pesticide manufacture and of fish processing.

The voluntary recall of losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide by pharmaceutical company Sandoz Inc. is for 100 milligram/25 milligram tablets with the lot number JB8912. The affected product was distributed nationwide on or after Oct. 8, 2018. In total, the recall encompasses less than 1percent of the national losartan drug products. The FDA reports that so far, Sandoz has not received any reports of adverse events related to the drug.

The FDA recently recalled blood pressure drug irbesartan for the exact same reason. That product callback followed on another NDEA-related drug recall, for another blood pressure medication, valsartan, in July this year.

Losartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and to help prevent kidney damage due to diabetes. It is also used to lower the risk of strokes in patients with high blood pressure and an enlarged heart. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.

Losartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). It works by relaxing blood vessels to ease blood flow.

Patients taking Losartan should consult with their physician before discontinuing the medication. Patients with questions regarding this recall can also contact Sandoz Inc. at 1-800-525-8747 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) or email usdrugsafety.operations@novartis.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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