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Blood Pressure Medication Recalled for Fifth Time due to Potential Cancer Risks.
A common blood pressure medication has been recalled for a fifth time due to concerns it contains a small amount of a cancer-causing ingredient.
Torrent Pharmaceuticals has expanded its recall of Losartan products for the fifth time. The medication contains levels of N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA) that are higher than the accepted amount set by the FDA.
The chemical, NMBA, is classified as a probable human carcinogen according to the FDA.
This recall comes during a larger scale of recalls including alsartan, losartan, and irbesartan that were found to contain small levels of carcinogens NMBA, N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA).
Torrent Pharmaceuticals has recalled hundreds of lots of Losartan potassium tablets since last July.
The FDA urges consumers to consult their doctor before they stop taking the recalled medication. Stopping the medication without a substitute could have greater risks.
To see if your blood pressure medication has been recalled, visit the FDA’s recall page here.
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Source: USA Today, “More blood pressure medicines recalled over possible cancer-causing impurity”