Taking a Blood Pressure Medication? Check If It’s Recalled.

by actuate | April 22nd, 2019

High blood pressure is a common health problem. It’s linked to a variety of serious complications, including stroke and heart attack. Millions of Americans take medications to control their blood pressure, but a significant number of those medications have been recalled during the past several months.

Both losartan potassium and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets have been recalled by multiple manufacturers, and the recall continues to expand to include new medications and new manufacturers. Just last week, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Expanded its recall of losartan medications due to the presence of a cancer-causing impurity called N-methylnitrosobutyric. The new recall involves 36 additional lots of the medication.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended the recall, but it also recommends that patients continue taking the recalled medications until they speak with their doctors. That’s because abruptly discontinuing medications, including blood pressure drugs, can introduce serious health problems that can put patients at risk more than potential impurities and drug injuries.

Blood pressure medication recalls began in July 2018 and have included many manufacturers after it was discovered that a significant number of pills were contaminated with potential cancer-causing impurities. The FDA says that it will continue to test batches of losartan medications to determine if they contain impurities.

If you or someone you love took a blood pressure medication and developed cancer or other health problems, you may be eligible for compensation. Get in touch with a Norfolk drug injury attorney at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.