Published: Tue, March 05, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Blood pressure medication recall list: latest updates as of March 2019

Blood pressure medication recall list: latest updates as of March 2019

Other companies to announce recalls include Maylan, Aurobindo Pharma and Torrent Pharmaceuticals, which also listed Hetero Labs as the source of the contamination in its recall.

The newest addition to the mix of already recalled products is about 56,000 bottles of losartan, which is used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, according to WYFF 4.

Problems with potential cancer-causing agents in blood-pressure medications first cropped up in July, when an ARB called valsartan was recalled by Chinese drugmaker Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

The FDA says no one has reported any adverse effects from the drug and patients should speak with their doctor to discuss the recall before they stop taking the drug.

Amid the recalls of other ARBs, or angiotensin receptor blockers, medications Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in the news release that though consumers face few immediate health threats from the recalls, the agency is "deeply concerned" and pursuing an investigation into the possible presence of a third impurity.

Camber's products, which are packaged into 30-count, 90-count, 500-count and 1,000-count bottles, were distributed nationwide via U.S. "wholesalers, distributors, retail pharmacies and mail-order pharmacies".

Camber's recall is the second in a week of Losartan tablets.

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The affected Losartan tablets have expiration dates that run from September 2019 through June 2020.

A series of drugs have been identified as potentially unsafe since an initial recall began seven months ago.

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

"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 FDA will continue to update the list of products included in the recall as more information becomes available from ongoing testing.

The recalled medication was distributed nationwide at retail pharmacies and from other mail-order pharmacies.

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