Blood pressure medication recall due to cancer concerns

Alicia Farmer
November 16, 2018

The pharmaceutical company, Sandoz, is recalling one lot of its losartan: Sandoz's losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide 100 milligram/25 milligram tablets with the lot number JB8912. The tablets are produced by Lek Pharmaceuticals dd in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The Losartan Potassium Hydrochlorothiazide blood pressure medication is used in the treatment of hypertension. Many more were announced in August as the recall spread to Canada and the European Union. It may be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents. The FDA reports that so far, Sandoz has not received any reports of adverse events related to the drug. And earlier this month, a blood pressure drug known as irbesartan was recalled.

It was also not distributed before October 8. As per the FDA, the latest recall has impacted less than 1% of the total products of losartan drug all over the U.S. market.

This is the third blood pressure medication to face recall as of late.

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Several pills that contain valsartan, another drug used by heart patients, have been under a recall since July.

Patients with questions regarding this recall can contact Sandoz Inc.at 1-800-525-8747 Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (EST) or email usdrugsafety.operations@novartis.com.

A blood pressure medication is voluntarily being pulled from the shelves due to impurity concerns which may lead to a cancer risk. Patients who are on Losartan Potassium Hydrochlorothiazide should continue taking their medication, as the risk of harm to a patient's health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment. A close-up picture shows a tensiometer on September 25, 2012 in Godewaersvelde, northern France, during a medical check-up.

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