What is Losartan?
Approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2003, Losartan treats high blood pressure and protects the kidneys from damage caused by type 2 diabetes. The drug is classified as an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) that works by blocking a substance in the body that causes blood vessels to tighten. This mechanism of action theoretically allows losartan to relax the blood vessels, which increases blood and oxygen supply to the heart.
What’s the Problem?
The recall affects “Losartan Potassium Tablets, USP, 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg Due to the Detection of Trace Amounts of N-Nitroso N-Methyl 4-amino butyric acid (NMBA) Impurity found in the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API),” FDA said. To date, no injuries or other adverse events have been associated with the recalled medicine.
Affected products were distributed nationwide to wholesalers, distributors, retail pharmacies, and mail order pharmacies. Click on the FDA recall notice for a complete list of medications being recalled.
Losartan Side Effects
Our lawyers are investigating potential lawsuits for people who were diagnosed with the following types of cancer after taking valsartan:
- Stomach cancer
- Small intestine cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Prostate cancer (patient must be under the age of 65 at time of diagnosis)
- Liver cancer
- Blood cancer / Leukemia
- Bladder cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Are There Other Effects?
In addition to being linked to an increased risk for cancer, Losartan may cause the following side effects in some users:
- Allergic reactions (hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat)
- Breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure
- Dark-colored urine
- Feeling like you might pass out
- Pale skin
- Trouble concentrating
- Shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain
- Irregular or rapid heart rate, weak pulse, tingly feeling
- Decreased urination
Teva Pharmaceutuicals Expands Losartan Recall
June 13, 2019 – Teva Pharmaceuticals USA is expanding its original nationwide Losartan recall issued on April 25 to include 6 additional lots of bulk Losartan potassium USP tablets: 2 lots of 50-mg tablets and 4 lots of 100-mg tablets, according to an FDA press release issued on Tuesday. Teva decided to expand its original recall after tests identified the presence of NMBA above the FDA’s interim acceptable exposure limit of 9.82 ppm.
The source of NMBA contamination was found in 1 lot of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), manufactured by Hetero Labs Limited, which was used to make the 6 bulk lots of Losartan. FDA regulates the amount of NMBA in pharmaceutical products because there is a potential risk of developing cancer in patients exposed to high levels of the substance over a prolonged period of time.
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Recalls Losartan Tablets
March 4, 2019 – Less than a week after Camber Pharmaceuticals issued its nationwide recall for Losartan tablets, Torrent Pharmaceuticals has issued its own recall for 60 lots of Losartan potassium tablets USP and 54 lots of Losartan potassium/ hydrochlorothiazide tablets, USP, over potential adulteration with an “unexpected impurity in the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API),” according to an FDA recall notice issued Monday. The impurity detected in the API was none other than N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid (NMBA), the same potentially cancer-causing substance Camber recalled its Losartan over.
Can I File a Class Action?
Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to Losartan. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you’ve been injured by Losartan side effects, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I Have a Losartan Recall Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in losartan recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cancer injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you were harmed by the side effects of Losartan or another blood pressure medication that has been recalled, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.