3rd blood pressure drug recalled in recent weeks over impurity

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The agency pointed out that Sandoz's losartan drug products make up less than 1% of the total losartan drug products in the USA market.

Blood pressure and heart medications that contain the ingredient valsartan have also been under a recall over the past few months.

Sandoz said the tablets are manufactured by Lek Pharmaceuticals in Slovenia and the impurity found is a probable carcinogen.

NDMA is an organic chemical used to make liquid rocket fuel and is a byproduct of manufacturing some pesticides and processing fish.

"To date, Sandoz Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this lot", they said in a statement. It can be used alone or with other antihypertensive medications.

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As with previous recalls, the FDA cautions that if you take these hypertension medications, it is important to consult a pharmacist or physician before discontinuing use of the drug, as that may have even more severe effects than taking a contaminated pill. This product was distributed nationwide to distributors after October 8. Now, if the lot carries the number JB8912, then the patient has with him or she recalled pills.

This is the third blood pressure medication to face recall as of late.

Consumers of the affected product can contact Sandoz at 1-800-525-8747, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. or via email at usdrugsafety.operations@novartis.com.

A blood pressure medication is voluntarily being pulled from the shelves due to impurity concerns which may lead to a cancer risk. 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. A close-up picture shows a tensiometer on September 25, 2012 in Godewaersvelde, northern France, during a medical check-up.

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