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More blood pressure drugs recalled…again

Common blood pressure drugs being recalled is becoming far too…common. Teva Pharmaceuticals has expanded its recall of “losartan potassium tablets”, the ninth most commonly prescribed drug in the nation. Recent Teva Pharmaceuticals recalls were due to everything from nitrosamine impurity, to N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA). This latest recall comes on the heels of other numerous blood pressure drug recalls, and recalls made by Teva. A possible link to human carcinogens is the cause of this latest recall.

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, the potentially contaminated tablets were sent to “pharmacies in bottles that contain 30, 90 and 1000 tablets…” For their part, Teva has traced the issue back to a Hetero Labs Limited in India. It should be noted, Hetero has been linked to numerous recalls themselves. It may seem like a lot of losartan drug recalls have been occurring lately, and frankly they have, but the FDA believes other versions of losartan are available and ok for consumption.

As with the other blood pressure recalls, patients are advised to continue taking their pills as directed, but they should contact their doctor or pharmacist regarding any potential alternative drugs.

To read the complete story on the recall from USA Today, click here: