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    Another Heart Medicine Was Just Recalled For Containing A Likely Carcinogen

    If you take a medicine called Irbesartan, used to treat high blood pressure and hypertension, you'll want to check the label. The FDA announced a voluntary recall of the drug due to trace amounts of the NDEA (N-nitrosodiethylamine) on behalf of Sciegen Pharmaceuticals.
    The substance occurs naturally in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and industrial processes, and it has been classified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
    Twenty-two batches of the drug, with distribution dates between January 2016 and December 2017, were recalled. The bottles affected are labeled "Westminster Pharmaceuticals" or "GSMS Incorporated," and are 30- or 90-count bottles of 75mg, 150mg, or 300mg tablets. The FDA has full details of the bottles affected, including the lot number, on its website.
    If you do have one of the affected bottles, contact your doctor before you stop taking the medicine, the announcement says. "The risk of harm to a patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment."

    More at: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/hear...185400209.html
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    The substance occurs naturally in certain foods, drinking water,
    Better ban those too, eh?

    "Traces found". How much and how much is associated with a cancer risk?

    Study tried to find out: https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k3851

    The results do not imply a markedly increased short term overall risk of cancer in users of valsartan contaminated with NDMA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Better ban those too, eh?

    "Traces found". How much and how much is associated with a cancer risk?

    Study tried to find out: https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k3851
    Let's put trace amounts in everything we consume then.

    As long as each source only contained trace amounts it couldn't possibly add up to a dangerous amount, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Let's put trace amounts in everything we consume then.

    As long as each source only contained trace amounts it couldn't possibly add up to a dangerous amount, right?
    "Trace amounts" can now be measured in parts per trillion. At that level you can find almost anything in everything. One part per billion is the same as one pinch of salt on ten tons of potato chips. One part per trillion is a pinch of salt in 1,000 tons of potato chips.
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    FDA Recalls Yet Another Blood Pressure Medication, Losartan, Due to Cancer Concerns

    By BRITTANY SHOOT November 13, 2018
    The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling losartan, a blood pressure medication, after finding contamination that could cause cancer.

    The voluntary recall of losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide by pharmaceutical company Sandoz Inc., is for 100 milligram/25 milligram tablets with the lot number JB8912. The affected product was distributed nationwide on or after October 8, 2018. In total, the recall encompasses less than 1% of the national losartan drug products. The FDA reports that so far, Sandoz has not received any reports of adverse events related to the drug.

    The losartan lot being recalled was found to be contaminated with trace amounts of an impurity, N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA). NDEA is an organic chemical that is classified as a probable human carcinogen and is used to make liquid rocket fuel. It’s also a byproduct of pesticide manufacture and of fish processing.

    If this sounds familiar, it’s because the FDA recently recalled blood pressure drug irbesartan for the exact same reason. That product callback followed on another NDEA-related drug recall, for another blood pressure medication, valsartan, back in July.

    As with previous recalls, the FDA cautions that if you take these hypertension medications, it is important to consult a pharmacist or physician before discontinuing use of the drug, as that may have even more severe effects than taking a contaminated pill.
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