Anyone on blood pressure medication should check their cabinets for Losartan. It is currently being recalled for potential impurities added by the manufacturing lab in China.

What is being recalled?

The recalled medication is marketed as Losartan Potassium Hydrochlorothiazide, 100 mg and 25 mg tablets with an expiration date of 6/2020. The NDC, or National Drug Code, is 0781-5207 and the Lot number is JB8912. They were distributed nationwide to retailers after October 8, 2018.

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Why is it being recalled?

The drug company Sandoz has recalled the Losartan lot because of a potential contamination with the impurity NDEA from its manufacturing facility in China. NDEA is thought to possibly cause cancer, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

I have some of the recalled Losartan; what do I do now?

The first thing you should do is contact your physician or pharmacy to discuss alternative treatments that could replace the Losartan. Continue to take the medication while a new plan is considered; you may be more likely to have harmful effects by withdrawing the medication without a substitute blood pressure drug. You can also call Sandoz Inc. at (800) 525-8747 Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST or email usdrugsafety.operations@novartis.com. It is imperative that you seek medical attention before discontinuing this medication.

For more information about this medication recall, read the FDA recall notice.

 

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