Torrent Pharmaceuticals has downloaded a download of blood pressure medications that could be oiled with a cancer-causing chemical.
Torrent announced Thursday that it is recalling an additional five batches of drugs used to treat hypertension following the detection of NMBA (for N-nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid) in tablets, CBS News reported. The expansion is the fifth of Torrent to include losartan gambling tablets.
"Patients taking Losartan Potassium tablets, USP and Losartan Potassium / Hydrochlorothiazide, USP should continue to take their medicines as the risk of harm to the patient's health may be higher if treatment is discontinued immediately without alternative treatment, "according to the website of the US Food and Drug Administration. "Patients should contact their pharmacist or physician, who may advise them on alternative treatment before returning their medicines."
The Food and Drug Administration also has information on specific medicines included in the withdrawal.
Drug safety officials in the US and Europe said last week that they were looking at NDMA levels in Zantac and its generic forms.
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