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Yet another brand of blood pressure medication has been recalled for carcinogen contamination, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Wednesday.
Unsafe levels of the chemical NMBA were found in two types of losarten tablets made by Macleods Pharmaceuticals, a New Jersey-based maker of nearly 100 common medications.
Recall - Lots - Pills - Total - Entries
With this recall of 32 lots of the pills, there are now a total of 1,109 entries on the FDA's massive list of contaminated drugs.
The agency is urging patients to keep taking their medications, even if they are contaminated, until their pharmacy can provide a replacement.
Brands - Losartan - Valsartan - Pharmacies - Shortages
But there are now just 43 untouched brands of losartan, valsartan and irbestartan - and pharmacies are already facing shortages amid the sweeping recalls.
The Macleods recall comes just two weeks after the FDA found a fourth carcinogen in America's supply of blood pressure drugs.
US - Europe - Shortages - Heart - Medications
The US and Europe have faced severe shortages of heart medications since last summer, when it emerged that millions of people (at least a million Americans, and another million in Europe) were taking pills laced with cancer-causing chemicals.
The chemicals were traced back to quality control failings at factories in China and India, which cheaply and efficiently produce two-thirds of drug ingredients in the world.
Officials - Companies - Heart - Drugs - US
Officials and pharmaceutical companies were forced to pull most heart drugs from the US, leaving millions of people to choose between contaminated drugs or nothing.
Earlier this year, as the shortage dragged on, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a list of safe alternatives.
Today - FDA - Filing - Reveals - Chemical
But today, a new FDA filing reveals those, too, appear to have been contaminated with another, previously undetected chemical: dimethylformamide (DMF), a solvent which is used in plastics,...
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