Indian pharma company recalls blood pressure, heart drugs in the US

Indian pharma company recalls blood pressure, heart drugs in the US

Those who take the recalled drug need to contact their pharmacist or doctor before deciding to stop taking the medication. Those drugs are used to control high blood pressure and to treat heart failure.

On Jan. 3, the FDA said Torrent Pharmaceuticals has added eight more lots of losartan potassium tablets to its recall list.

As with other companies' recalls of Valsartan, the presence of N-nitrosodiethylamine or NDEA, triggered the recall.

Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc.is notifying its distributors and customers by phone and in writing to immediately discontinue distribution of the specific lots being recalled and to notify their sub-accounts.

As per a report by Reuters, the latest announcement of the BP drug recall has been made a month after Mylan N.V., a US-based global pharmaceutical company, had affirmed that it would recall all lots of the Valsartan drug containing an Angiotensin II receptor blocker post the drug's ban by global health authorities.

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Losartan is used to treat hypertension, hypertensive patients with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy and for the treatment of nephropathy in Type 2 diabetic patients.

The drugs are being recalled "due to the detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity found in the finished drug product", according to a press release from the FDA. Torrent is recalling only these particular losartan potassium tablets. The drug is sold by several manufacturers, and in July of 2018 nearly a half-dozen companies were forced to recall their products due to the discovery of human carcinogens in the tablets. Adverse reactions to the medication can be directed to the same number.

General questions about the return of the recalled blood pressure medications can be directed to Qualanex at 1-888-280-2040 from 8 a.m.to 9 p.m. EST.

It might contain small amounts of a chemical linked to cancer, but the FDA says don't just stop taking it because that could lead to greater risk.

As of this morning, Torrent stock was up 0.64 percent. Dr. Elizabeth Maziarka reads a blood pressure gauge during an examination of patient June Mendez at the Codman Square Health Center on April 11, 2006 in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

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