(CNN) –The US Food and Drug Administration says that another cardiac medicine is voluntarily withdrawn after testing showed that it…
The US Food and Drug Administration says that another cardiac medicine is voluntarily withdrawn after testing showed that it was obsessed with a potentially carcinogenic chemical.
The recall contains a variety of Sandoz tablets of losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide 100 mg / 25 mg tablets with lot number JB8912. Patients use these drugs to maintain their high blood pressure in control.
The drug is withdrawn because the active ingredient has tested positive for N-nitrosoethylamine or NDEA, a suspected human and animal carcinogen used in petrol as a stabilizer for industry materials and as a lubricant additive by the National Institute of Health.
Ingredient was made by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Company Co. Ltd. The FDA left the Chinese company in an import alert at the end of September, meaning that all its active drugs and finished products may not enter the United States. The FDA took the decision after an inspection of the plant.
Several pills containing valsartan, another drug used by cardiac patients, have been recalled since July. The drugs were troubled with NDEA or NDMA, N-nitrosodimethylamine, a impurity that is also considered a potentially carcinogenic substance by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
NDMA is an organic chemical used to produce liquid rocket fuel and is a byproduct for the production of certain pesticides and processing of fish. It may inadvertently be introduced into manufacturing through certain chemical reactions.
The FDA tests all heartbeat called ARB for these contaminants.
Not all medicines containing valsartan are withdrawn. The FDA keeps an ongoing list of recalled products and a list of non-recalled valsartan products.
The latest recall affects less than 1
percent of total losartan products on the US market, according to the FDA.
If your medicine is on the recall list, the FDA suggests that you take it until your doctor or pharmacist returns. Since not all valsartan and irbesartan drugs are involved in the recall, you may be able to switch to a version of another company.
It is unclear exactly what cancer is if you take the contaminated valsartan pills. The FDA believed that the risk was low in valsartan recall.
It was estimated that about 8,000 people took the highest dose of valsartan containing NDMA from these withdrawn rates daily for four years, there may be another case of cancer over their lifetime. Many patients take a much lower dose of valsartan and therefore their risks theoretically are much lower.
The FDA said it continues to test all products containing valsartan and similar drugs for contamination.