The recalled batches of the drug contain a chemical contaminant linked to cancer

Linda Carroll

Published Jun 27, 2019 at 6:24 PM



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Losartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist drug used mainly to treat high blood pressure. The medication is included in a Wednesday, June 26, 2019, recall.

The Food and Drug Administration has once again expanded its recall of widely prescribed blood pressure drugs because of contamination with a chemical linked to cancer, NBC News reported

The latest recall, announced Wednesday, targets 32 lots of the drug losartan sold by Macleods Pharmaceuticals. The pharmaceutical company said that it would voluntarily recall the affected batches.

Losartan is a generic angiotensin II receptor blocker, or ARB, and is used to treat high blood pressure as well as heart failure. Over the last year, scores of batches of generic ARBs have been withdrawn from the market due to the presence of chemical contaminants called nitrosamines, which have been linked to an increased risk of certain kinds of cancer.

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