56,000 bottles of blood pressure medication recalled

Doctor measuring patient's blood pressure

Doctor measuring patient's blood pressure

NMBA (N-Nitroso N-Methyl 4-amino butyric acid) is different than NDEA (N-nitrosodiethylamine) or NDMA, which have been the cause of previous Losartan, Valsartan and Irbesartan recalls.

For more information on the recalled products, visit the FDA's website here.

But patients should speak with their doctor to discuss the recall before they stop taking the drug.

The drugs, including losartan, belong to a class of widely used medicines for treating high blood pressure called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs. Distributed nationwide online and by pharmacies and retailers including Walmart and Sam's Club, the drug was found to contain trace amounts of a potential human carcinogen, the New Jersey drug company said in a news release.

Camber's recall dwarfs the one by Macleods, as it involves various sizes of tablets (25mg, 50mg 100mg) in various sizes of bottles (30-count, 90-count, 500-count, 1,000-count).

Presently, Illinois-based compliance company Stericycle is working with Camber to notify distributors and customers of the recall.

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The affected Losartan tablets have expiration dates that run from September 2019 through June 2020.

In a statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb explained that the agency has been carrying out a series of investigations for several months after various companies began announcing their voluntary recalls.

United States health regulators said on Friday (March 1) a third cancer-causing toxin was found in some blood pressure pills recalled by India's Hetero Labs a day earlier, adding to a global recall of commonly-used drugs to treat hypertension.

Since last summer, drug companies have recalled hundreds of lots of blood pressure and heart medication drugs after tests showed small levels of potentially cancer-causing impurities.

"The FDA is committed to implementing measures to prevent the formation of these impurities during drug manufacturing processes in the future", he added. Incidentally, Hetero Labs Limited was also listed as the source of the contamination in both recalls.

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