Popular Medicine Recalled Once Again, Here's What You Need to Know

May 24, 2019May 24, 2019

A new recall has just been announced for a popular blood pressure medication. Losartan has announced they are recalling new lots of their drug for fear it may have cancer-related links.

"Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall in the United States of 35 lots of bulk Losartan Potassium USP Tablets. This recall is due to the detection of a cancer-causing impurity – N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA)," according to reports.

According to reports, the drug was sold exclusively to a California based medical supply company. The news comes amid numerous other recalls involving blood pressure medication. The bulk product was sold under their own label and distributed in bottles of 30, 90, and 1000 tablets.

The products in question can be seen below:

-Losartan Potassium tablets, USP 25 mg, are light-green, film-coated, teardrop-shaped biconvex tablet with “LK 25” on one side and “>” on the other side

-Losartan Potassium tablets, USP 100 mg, are dark green, film-coated, oval-shaped biconvex tablets with “LK100” on one side and “>” on the other side

"There have been more than 40 voluntary recalls by distributors and oversees manufacturers of medications in the class of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) since July because of the detection of unacceptable levels of nitrosamines in their active pharmaceutical ingredient such as losartan, valsartan or irbesartan," reported MassLive.

At this time, the recall is a preemptive action to stop customers from having adverse effects. There have not been any cancer related incidents. We are continuing to closely monitor this recall and will do our best to bring you more information as the news continues to be reported.

The pills were sold exclusively to Golden State Medical Supply of Camarillo, California, according to Fox News. Golden State Medical Supply packaged them and branded them under their own marketing.

"The FDA, whose site lists recalled ARBs, reminds patients taking them in its alert to continue taking their current medicine until their pharmacist provides a replacement or their doctor prescribes a different medication that treats the same condition," according to reports.

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