FDA: Torrent Pharmaceuticals Expands Losartan Tablets Recall

Company expands recall of blood pressure medication over cancer concerns

Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited has expanded its voluntary recall of losartan potassium tablets after finding trace amounts of an “unexpected impurity.”

The expanded recall includes an additional three lots of losartan potassium tablets USP and two lots of losartan potassium/ydrochlorothiazide tablets.

The impurity is N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid. Torrent is recalling only lots of losartan NMBA above the acceptable daily intake levels released by the FDA.

Losartan belongs to a class of medicines used for treating high blood pressure called angiotensin II receptor blockers. Some generic versions of other ARBs, such as valsartan and irbesartan, have also been recalled.

Losartan is used to treat hypertension, hypertensive patients with left ventricular Hypertrophy and for the treatment of nephropathy in Type 2 diabetic patients. Losartan potassium and hydrochlorothiazide tablets, USP are used to treat hypertension and hypertensive patients with left ventricular hypertrophy.

Since July 2018, the FDA has announced voluntary recalls of blood pressure and heart medications from Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare, Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Prinston Pharmaceuticals, Macleods Pharmaceuticals Limited, Camber Pharmaceuticals and Torrent.

To alleviate shortages caused by these recalls, the FDA in March approved a generic form of the blood pressure medication Diovan, or valsartan.

If you were prescribed the medications above, the Food and Drug Administration recommends you continue taking them until an alternative treatment is in place, because “the risk of harm to the patient's health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately.”

Consumers with medical questions regarding this recall or to report an adverse event can contact Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited at:

  • 1-800-912-9561 (live calls received 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time, voicemail available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week).
  • Medinfo.Torrent@apcerls.com


» New blood pressure medications recalled over cancer-causing impurity

» FDA approves generic blood pressure drug to alleviate shortages caused by numerous recalls

» UGA study finds link between menstruation and high blood pressure

» Study: A morning walk can lower blood pressure as well as meds can

» Feeling stressed? Thinking of your romantic partner can help lower blood pressure, study says

» 8 lots of blood pressure medications recalled over cancer-causing substance

» Why have so many blood pressure medications been recalled lately?

» Blood pressure medication recalls: Everything you should know, Atlanta doctors, experts say

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.