At Roberts & Harris PC, our Raleigh personal injury lawyers understand how important prescription medications are to our North Carolina residents and the benefits they provide to their overall health and quality of life.
However, when medications can cause more harm than good by containing high carcinogen levels that can cause cancer and other health issues, patients deserve the ability to fight back and pursue the compensation they need to recover from the damages caused by using one of the dangerous medications designed to treat high blood pressure.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced another blood pressure medication recall due to unacceptably high levels of cancer-causing impurities, in what the U.S. Public Interest Research Group said was the 75th recall of blood pressure medications since the problem began.
Here is what our Wake County personal injury lawyers want you to know about cancer-causing blood pressure medications, which ones have been recalled, and what you can do if you were taking one of the now-off-the-market prescriptions.
Why are So Many Blood Pressure Medications Being Recalled in the U.S.?
Dozens of blood pressure medications containing N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), and/or N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA) have been recalled because NDMA and NDEA are “probable human carcinogens” and NMBA is a “potential human carcinogen,” according to the FDA, which can lead to cancer, liver damage, and blood cell damage.
What Types of Blood Pressure Medications Have Been Recalled?
There have been so many types of blood pressure medications recalled over the past few years that we are directly linking each brand to its respective FDA website, so our clients have all the information they need to check their prescriptions against any potential recalls.
Including blood pressure medications containing:
The FDA also has an ongoing, complete list of recalled blood pressure medications that is updated regularly.
What Should Consumers Do If They Are or Were Taking a Blood Pressure Medication That Has Been Recalled?
People who are taking an ARB containing valsartan, losartan, or irbesartan can check the FDA’s database to identify whether their prescription has been affected by the recall.
Check the product name, manufacturer details, and batch or lot number on the bottle or packaging against those listed on the website.
If in doubt, check with your doctor or pharmacist to protect your health from these potentially dangerous medications. Patients should not stop their medication on their own without consulting a physician, to avoid any potentially severe health consequences.
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