Sunday, 20 January, 2019


Indian pharma company recalls blood pressure, heart drugs in the US

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
Patty Aguilar | 06 January, 2019, 16:43

While recalls of blood pressure medications over carcinogen concerns dominated health news headlines a year ago, it appears that the trend has not quite ceased in 2019.

The recall of popular heart drugs has expanded yet again. Losartan potassium is a drug used to control high blood pressure.

The impurity detected in the finished drug product is N-nitrosodiethylamine, or NDEA, which has been classified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

It said Mylan Pharmaceuticals "is expanding its voluntary recall to include all lots of non-expired valsartan-containing products due to trace amounts of N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) in the valsartan active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufactured by" by Mylan Inc.

It's important to note that the FDA is advising patients to continue taking these medications for now, because a heart attack is a more immediate risk than cancer.

If you're taking Amlodipine Valsartan Tablets, Valsartan HCTZ Tablets, or Valsartan Tablets to treat your blood pressure, don't let this news raise your blood pressure.

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.

To get a better understanding of the scope of the problem, the FDA encourages patients and healthcare providers to report any adverse events related to these drugs to its MedWatch program.

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

To see the extensive list of drugs involved in the recall, visit the FDA's safety website. A full list of recalled medication can be found here.

"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". The recalled medication was distributed nationwide to distributors, repackagers, and retail customers.

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