Blood pressure medication recalled for cancer risk

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Posted at 11:12 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 09:18:05-04

The Food and Drug Administration has recalled a medication used to treat high blood pressure.

Losartan Potassium Tablets USP in 25, 50 and 100 mgs are being recalled for having more presence of N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA) than the FDA allows.

According to the FDA, long-term exposure to high levels of NMBA can cause cancer.

Losartan is used to treat hypertension, hypertensive patients with left ventricular hypertrophy and nephropathy in Type 2 diabetic patients.

The medication is manufactured by Vivimed in India and distributed nationwide by Heritage Pharmaceuticals to wholesalers, retail pharmacies and mail order pharmacies

Before stopping the medication, consumers should contact their doctors.

The FDA recalled 19 lots of the medication. The full list can be found here.