(Bloomberg) -- A unit of Indian drugmaker, Lupin Ltd., issued a voluntary U.S.-wide recall for some batches of two blood pressure pills over concerns about potentially carcinogenic impurities.
Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. issued a recall for Irbesartan tablets and Irbesartan and Hydrochlorothiazide tablets after its analysis revealed that some batches of these drugs had more than permitted levels of N-nitrosoirbesartan, a probable carcinogen, the company said in a statement to exchanges.
Sanofi also recalled certain drugs containing Irbesartan in Canada in June for elevated levels of azido impurities, which are mutagenic -- meaning they can change someone’s DNA and potentially increase cancer risk. It sold some of those same drugs in the U.S.
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Lupin’s drug recall comes after millions of blood pressure pills have been pulled off shelves by various drugmakers in the past three years for containing another probable carcinogenic chemical called N-Nitrosodimethylamine. Meanwhile, azido impurities were also found in similar pills that were recalled in Europe earlier this year.
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