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Losartan: Medication used to treat hypertension recalled due to trace amounts of possible cancer-causing chemical

Posted: 4:04 AM, Jan 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-04 07:04:04-05

A pharmaceutical company has expanded a voluntary recall for medication used to treat hypertension as the medicine includes trace amounts of a chemical that could cause cancer.

According to the Food and Drug Administration , Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited announced Thursday that it was expanding its voluntary recall of Losartan from two lots to 10 lots.

The recall notification states that the pills contain above the daily accepted levels of N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA).

According to the FDA, NDEA is a chemical that can be found in drinking water and some foods, and studies have classified it as a "possible human carcinogen."

Only the lots listed below have been recalled. The FDA says patients should continue to take their medication but contact a doctor immediately to seek advice on a new treatment strategy.

Losartan can also be perscribed to treat hypertensive patients with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy and for the treatment of nephropathy in Type 2 diabetic patients.

See the full list of lots recalled below.

NDCManufacturerProduct DescriptionLot/BatchExpiration Date
13668-
115-30
Torrent
Pharmaceuticals LTD
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM TAB, USP 100mg,30count bottlesBO31C01604/2019
13668-
115-90
Torrent
Pharmaceuticals LTD
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM TAB, USP 100mg,90count bottlesBO31C01604/2019
13668-
115-10
Torrent
Pharmaceuticals LTD
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM TAB, USP
100mg,1000-count bottles
4DK3C00504/2019
13668-
115-10
Torrent
Pharmaceuticals LTD
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM TAB, USP
100mg,1000-count bottles
4DK3C00404/2019
13668-
115-10
Torrent
Pharmaceuticals LTD
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM TAB, USP
100mg,1000-count bottles
4DU3C04010/2019
13668-
115-10
Torrent
Pharmaceuticals LTD
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM TAB, USP
100mg,1000-count bottles
4DU3E04905/2021
13668-
115-10
Torrent
Pharmaceuticals LTD
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM TAB, USP
100mg,1000-count bottles
4DU3E05005/2021
13668-
409-30
Torrent
Pharmaceuticals LTD
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM TAB, USP 50mg,30count bottles4L67C03510/2019
13668-
409-90
Torrent
Pharmaceuticals LTD
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM TAB, USP 50mg,90count bottles4L67C03510/2019
13668-
409-90
Torrent
Pharmaceuticals LTD
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM TAB, USP 50mg,90count bottles4L67C03610/2019
13668-
409-10
Torrent
Pharmaceuticals LTD
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM TAB, USP
50mg,1000-count bottles
4O50C00511/2019
13668-
113-90
Torrent
Pharmaceuticals LTD
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM TAB, USP 25mg,90count bottles4O49C01309/2019