Medicine for Blood Pressure was Recalled due to Concerns Related to Cancer

Medicine for Blood Pressure was Recalled due to Concerns Related to Cancer

Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc., an American unit of the India-based generic pharmaceuticals manufacturer, Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., is now in the news for recalling around 80 lots of medicines used for treating heart failure and high blood pressure, from the US market.

Aurobindo Pharma USA is voluntarily recalling 80 lots of its Valsartan tablets because they might include a human carcinogen called N-nitrosodiethylamine, or NDEA.

"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".

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.

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In addition, a longer list of blood pressure drugs recalled in the past months can be found here. Some tablets may contain a possible cancer-causing substance.

A list of losartan medications under recall can be accessed via the FDA's website (pdf).

The announcement came into being on the New Year's Eve, and the company allegedly said that they had not received any of the reports related to the adverse effects of the drugs during that time. Do check the product name, the manufacturer details, and the batch or lot number printed on the bottle. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is notifying its distributors and customers by phone and in writing to immediately discontinue distribution of the specific lots being recalled and to notify their sub-accounts.

Pharmacies in the United Kingdom are being urged to recall certain irbesartan containing products made by the company Actavis (now Accord). Torrent is recalling only these particular losartan potassium tablets. Instructions for returning recalled products are given in the recall letter. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on July 13, 2018 the recall of the heart medicine valsartan, made by Chinese firm Zhejiang Huahai, which was found to be contaminated by a carcinogen.

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