The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added one lot of losartan tablets to a drug recall list of blood pressure meds. Losartan is one of several blood pressure medications found to contain trace amounts of a carcinogen known as N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA).
NDEA is probable human carcinogen that can cause cell damage when ingested, increasing the chance of developing cancer. The chemical is naturally present in some foods, but it’s often used to make rocket fuel and in pesticide manufacturing.
Losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets are manufactured by Macleods Pharmaceuticals Limited.
According to Fortune Magazine, pharmaceutical companies have recalled multiple blood pressure medications since 2018. In that time, traces of NDEA have been found in valsartan, hydrochlorothazide, irbesartan, and now losartan tablets.
Due to the overwhelming scope of the recall, the House Energy and Commerce Committee recently questioned the FDA about the safety of overseas drug plants where many of the blood pressure medications are made.
The FDA stresses that anyone taking the affected blood pressure medications should consult with a physician or pharmacist before stopping. Stopping blood pressure medication without a proper replacement can dangerous in the short-term.
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