More heart and blood pressure medication recalled for ‘unexpected impurity’

The months-long stream of heart and blood pressure medication recalls has slowed to drips, but one of those drips dropped Thursday night when Torrent recalled five lots of losartan tablets after finding an “unexpected impurity.”

That’s three lots of Losartan Potassium tablets and two lots of Losartan Potassium/Hydrochlorothiazide tablets. They went to Torrent’s wholesale distributor, then to the distributor’s retail customers, so neither the Torrent-written, FDA-posted recall notice nor the labels name individual retail pharmacies.

NMBA (N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid) was the “unexpected impurity.” The says it’s in the active ingredient made by Hetero Labs Limited, which made many of the active ingredients with impurities in the losartan, valsartan and irbesartan.

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The recalled lots are:

Losartan Potassium, USP 50mg, 1000 count, batch No. 4DU2E009, expiration 12/31/2020

Losartan Potassium, USP 100mg, 90 count, batch No. 4DU3E009, expiration 12/31/2020

Losartan Potassium, USP 100mg, 1000 count, batch No. 4DU3D018, expiration 2/28/2021

Losartan Potassium / Hydrochlorothiazide, USP 50mg/12.5mg, 90 count, batch No. BEF7D051, expiration 11/30/2020

Losartan Potassium / Hydrochlorothiazide, USP 100mg/25mg, 90 count, batch No. 4P04D007, expiration 7/31/2020

As the FDA has stated with previous recalls of losartan, valartan and irbesartan, continue taking the medication until your doctor or pharmacist for an alternative treatment. The risk to your health is greater if you stop taking the medication.

Questions about the return of the drugs should be directed to Qualanex, 888-280-2040, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Eastern time.

Consumers with questions about this recall can call Torrent at 800-912-9561, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern time for a live person, voice mail available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; or email

To report a health problem caused by a drug, consult your doctor, then report it to the FDA by calling 1-800-332-1088 or going to the FDA reporting website.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.