Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Heart and blood pressure drugs recalled because of cancer chemical contamination

Heart and blood pressure drugs recalled because of cancer chemical contamination

Indian pharma major Aurobindo Pharma is the latest to recall its blood pressure medication after detecting trace amounts of a cancer-causing chemical.

Valsartan is generally prescribed to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and to reduce the risk of death after a heart attack.

The impurity is called N-nitrosodiethylamine, NDEA, a substance which occurs on a natural basis.

Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc.is voluntarily recalling two lots of Valsartan tablets, 26 lots of amlodipine and Valsartan combination tablets, and 52 lots of Valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) combination tablets.

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.

The FDA says patients should continue to take their medication but contact a doctor immediately to seek advice on a new treatment strategy.

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Torrent Pharmaceuticals has expanding it recall of Losartan potassium tablets USP to 10 lots for a possible cancer-causing impurity. A full list of the recalled drugs and medication packaging can be found in the Food and Drug Administration's website.

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

"Because of the risk associated with suddenly stopping high blood pressure medication, people are advised not to stop any treatments without consulting their doctor or pharmacist".

Losartan potassium tablets, USP were distributed nationwide to Torrent's wholesale distributor, repackager and retail customers. Drug types included in various hypertension medication recalls include losartan, irbesartan, and other valsaratan drugs.

Products manufactured by Accord Healthcare (formerly Actavis) and Dexcel Pharma, which contain irbesartan, may have been contaminated with N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) - a carcinogenic chemical that was formerly used in rocket fuel.

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