The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has again expanded its recall of widely prescribed and widely used blood pressure medications due to contamination with a chemical linked to cancer.
What You Need To Know
The latest recall, includes 32 lots of the drug Losartan by Macleods Pharmaceuticals. The the affected lots are under voluntary recall.
Losartan is a generic drug used to treat high blood pressure and is also prescribed to treat heart failure. Over the last year, scores of generic Losartan have been under recall from the market due to contamination of the drug with nitrosamines, which are linked to certain types of cancer.
According to FDA Spokesperson, Jeremy Kahn, “The FDA is continuing to work with manufacturers to swiftly remove medications from the market if they contain” nitrosamines in levels deemed harmful for human consumption.
“We’re continuing our investigation as part of our commitment to ensuring adequate and safe supply of… medicines for patients,” he adds.
What Drugs Are Recalled
The FDA has a list of contaminated batches of Losartan under recall. Dr. Sadiya Khan, a cardiologist and an assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago suggests people check with their doctors because of the different types of blood pressure meds on the the market.
“It can be confusing because there are a lot of different formulations of these medications out there and knowing if your medication is on the list is not clear-cut,” she said.
Talk With Your Doctor
“There are lots of alternative blood pressure medications that patients can be switched over to. The most important thing is to not stop your medication without speaking with your doctor because of the dangers of untreated blood pressure.”
Khan notes Losartan and the other meds like it that under recall are used for treating other illness as well. She adds, “Marfan syndrome and aortic syndrome, where stopping the medications can be even more dangerous.”
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