Macleods Pharmaceuticals Limited, the manufacturers of the blood pressure drug Losartan, has announced that they will begin recalling their product after trace amounts of the carcinogen N-nitrosodiethylamine—otherwise known as NDEA—were detected. Because these carcinogens can cause cancer, this recall should be taken seriously.
NDEA occurs naturally in certain foods, as well as through air pollution and industrial processes. Furthermore, NDEA is also believed to emit toxic fumes when heated to extreme temperatures, which can cause tumors in the liver.
While the use of Losartan does not necessarily mean that someone who is exposed will develop cancer, Macleods Pharmaceuticals Limited explicitly mentions in their recall notice—posted on the FDA’s website—that the risk of developing cancer in a few patients, following long-term use, is possible.
The History of Losartan
The ingredient in question was manufactured in Hetero Labs in India, a lab that has been repeatedly associated with blood medication recalls over the last year. Other common prescription medications, such as valsartan and irbesartan, have also been recalled as a result of similar carcinogen issues.
In fact, this is not the first time that Maceods has issued a recall for Losartan, as the drug manufacturer recalled one lot of the medication in February, as well.
Moving Forward After the Recall
As usual, it is advised that anyone currently taking or considering taking Losartan contact their doctor or pharmacist prior to making any changes in their daily routine. There are certain circumstances where discontinuing treatment with a recalled drug can be more harmful than continuing to use it. In addition, the FDA released a list of 40 blood pressure medications that are believed to be safe for use, and can found on their website.
Seeking Legal Assistance
If you or a loved one has been taking medication such as Losartan, you may be entitled to financial compensation for any adverse or unwarned side effects that arose prior to this recall.
At Whitley Law Firm, our lawyers are experienced in lawsuits stemming from dangerous and harmful drugs, and may be able to assist you with your claim. Please do not hesitate to reach out and learn more.