Recall of Blood Pressure Medicines Due to Cancer Risk

Recall of Blood Pressure Medicines Due to Cancer Risk

The recalled losartan potassium tablets made by Hetero Labs and distributed by Camber Pharmaceuticals contain the impurity, N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA).

Since 2018, there have been at least 19 recalls of versions of the drug over cancer fears. The active drug ingredient was made at Hetero Labs Restricted in India, one in all two overseas drug factories linked to repeated blood treatment recollects since final July.

"That said, any presence of such impurities in drug products is not acceptable". The contamination was found during heightened testing stirred by a far-reaching recall of generic blood-pressure drugs known as angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs, that contain potential carcinogens NDMA and NDEA.

Presently, Illinois-based compliance company Stericycle is working with Camber to notify distributors and customers of the recall. The specified lot has a July 2019 expiration date and comes in 90-count bottles.

AurobindoPharma USA announced its voluntary recall on Friday of 38 lots of medication that included tablets of valsartan and another in which valsartan is combined with amlodipine.

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The medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.

Global authorities have been clamping down on sales of some blood pressure medicines as they are suspected to be tainted with two probable carcinogens - N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) and N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The company also makes losartan for other Indian drugmakers, including Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Macleods Pharmaceuticals Ltd., that has been recalled for containing NDEA.

From a community pharmacy perspective, this recall has been hard because many pharmacies don't keep the lot numbers of medications after they're dispensed, Freeman said: "That information is not tracked effectively".

Both Zhejiang and Hetero have received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over their manufacturing practices. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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