More blood pressure medicine recalled

More blood pressure medicine recalled

More blood pressure medicine recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced another recall of blood pressure medication Friday because a potentially carcinogenic impurity was found in it.

Three pharmaceutical companies recalled 87 lots of blood pressure drugs Losartan and Valsartan this week after traces of a cancer-causing chemical were discovered.

The latest recalls are for 38 lots of Valsartan and Amlodipine and Valsartan tablets produced by AurobindoPharma USA due to "the detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity found in the finished drug", and 60 lots of Losartan potassium tablets USP and 54 lots of Losartan potassium/ hydrochlorothiazide tablets, USP, from Torrent Pharmaceuticals. The FDA says it is packed in bottles.

It added that it, too, "has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall".

The FDA said in a statement it was investigating the formation of these impurities, which were reported to be made by previously unknown to drug developers.

"FDA scientists have developed novel and sophisticated testing methods specifically created to detect and measure N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) impurities in [angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB)] medicines", Gottlieb wrote.

The recalls began previous year after regulators said ingredients used by Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals Co to produce valsartan contained cancer-causing impurities.

"We are making important strides at understanding how these impurities form and we are continuing to examine if nitrosamine impurities may also arise during the manufacture of other ARB drug products", Gottlieb wrote.

There are FDA safeguards in place to prevent drug contamination, Maisha Kelly Freeman, a professor and director of Samford University's Center for Healthcare Innovation and Patient Outcomes Research, said this week. However, there's a catch. Other people are getting their prescriptions changed.

More information about the losartan recall can be found on the FDA website.

She hopes that in the next few years, technologies such as bar codes will be in place to help identify affected patients. The company urges consumers to consult their doctor before stopping treatment.

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