FDA issues voluntary recall on widely used blood pressure medication

Leslie Hanson
November 16, 2018

Keep in mind that abruptly stopping heart or blood pressure medication can be unsafe, as noted by the American Heart Association. Patients use these drugs to keep their high blood pressure in check.

However, it's a bit more surprising because this type of thing had happened earlier year also when the same contamination was found in some blood pressure medicines and at that time more than 55 medications were recalled.

The tablets can be identified as Losartan Potassium Hydrochlorothiazide, 100 mg/25 mg tablets.

The losartan lot being recalled was found to be contaminated with trace amounts of an impurity, N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA).

NDMA is an organic chemical used to make liquid rocket fuel and is a byproduct of manufacturing some pesticides and processing fish.

The Losartan Potassium Hydrochlorothiazide blood pressure medication is used in the treatment of hypertension. It may be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents. They come in 1000-count plastic bottles labeled NDC 0781-5207-10 with a lot number of JB8912. Date 06/2020. This product was distributed nationwide to distributors.

This lot of the medication was numbered JB8912 and was only distributed on or after October 8, 2018.

Sandoz has notified distributors and patients in a letter of the recall.

For any questions place contact Sandoz at 1-800-525-8747. Patients should contact their pharmacist or physician who can advise them about an alternative treatment prior to returning their medication. The Administration has a current list of products, which are recalled and also a list of valsartan products, which have not been recalled.

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