RECALL ALERT: Drug company recalls "Losartan"

Laverne Higgins
November 16, 2018

Because according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there are some medicines which they have recalled because of the impurity they contained which might cause cancer to its consumer. Ltd. Sandoz Inc. Losartan Potassium Hydrochlorothiazide product is manufactured by Lek Pharmaceuticals dd, Ljubljana, Slovenia. The expiration date on the bottle reads 06/2020. None of the recalled tablets were distributed before October 8. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has identified it as a probable human carcinogen.

According to the FDA, Losartan Potassium-Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, USP are indicated for the treatment of hypertension. It can be used alone or with other antihypertensive medications.

Sandoz has notified distributors and patients in a letter of the recall. It is crucial to let your doctor know about any such recall so they can provide you with another suitable medication or an alternative treatment.

For any questions, contact Sandoz at 1-800-525-8747 Monday through Friday 8:30am TO 5:00pm.

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Patients that have any issues related to the affected blood pressure medication should contact their physician or healthcare provider.

"When we identify lapses in the quality of drugs and problems with their manufacturing that have the potential to create risks to patients, we're committed to taking swift action to alert the public and help facilitate the removal of the products from the market", FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said back in July. FDA has also published a complete list of those effective drugs which they have recalled and most of these drugs used to sold in 75 mg, 150 mg, and 300 mg doses. And earlier this month, a blood pressure drug known as irbesartan was recalled.

A blood pressure medication is voluntarily being pulled from the shelves due to impurity concerns which may lead to a cancer risk.

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