FDA: More Batches of Losartan Potassium, Blood Pressure Drug, Are Being Recalled

Desiree Burns
January 5, 2019

We had no shortage of blood pressure medication recalls in 2018, with multiple companies issuing warnings over drug impurities that could cause cancer.

In addition, a longer list of blood pressure drugs recalled in the past months can be found here.

A full list of all of the tablets included in the Aurobindo Pharma recall can be found here.

The FDA recommends those who take the recalled drugs should not stop taking the medication, but should contact their pharmacist or doctor to set up an alternative treatment. Drug types included in various hypertension medication recalls include losartan, irbesartan, and other valsaratan drugs.

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Adverse reactions to the medication can also be reported to the FDA.

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.

"Aurobindo is recalling lots of valsartan-containing medication that tested positive for NDEA above the interim acceptable daily intake level of 0.083 parts per million", according to the agency.

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 looks like that trend will continue in 2019 as yet another company has issued a recall of blood pressure tablets after detecting an impurity that may be cancer-causing. The drug is sold by several manufacturers, and in July of 2018 nearly a half-dozen companies were forced to recall their products due to the discovery of human carcinogens in the tablets.

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