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HSA recalls 3 brands of high blood pressure drugs over potentially harmful impurity

 

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SINGAPORE: Three brands of high blood pressure medicine containing the ingredient losartan have been recalled because they contain higher than acceptable levels of a potentially harmful impurity, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said on Thursday (Mar 28).

 

The drugs contain the active ingredient losartan potassium, which was manufactured by Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero Labs.

 

The affected products are the 50mg and 100mg tablets from the brands Losartas, Losagen and Hyperten and distributed by local suppliers Apotheca Marketing, Medicell Pharmaceutical and Goldplus Universal, respectively.

 

About 137,000 patients in Singapore are using the three recalled brands of losartan medicine, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

 

Losartas is prescribed in public healthcare institutions, while Losartas, Losagen and Hyperten are prescribed at private healthcare institutions.

 

HSA has advised patients not to stop treatment on their own as there is no immediate health risk and sudden stopping of the drugs can pose greater immediate risk to their health.

 

The recalled products were found to contain trace amounts of a nitrosamine impurity, N-nitro-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA), which are above internationally accepted levels, HSA said.

 

Exposure to nitrosamines at high quantities over a long-term period may potentially increase the risk of cancer.

 

For example, the added cancer risk from an additional six-month exposure is estimated to be less than 0.0002 per cent.

 

“The risks of trace amounts of NMBA are associated with long term exposure. Sudden stopping of the medicines can pose greater and more immediate risk to patient’s health … We have advised healthcare professionals to review the medicine and treatment plans of their patients,” HSA said.

 

HSA said that several losartan medicines have been recalled overseas since end-February due to the presence of NMBA. It tested all locally marketed losartan products for the presence of the NMBA impurity and in March found the three brands contained trace amounts of NMBA above acceptable levels.

 

The other seven brands of losartan medicines marketed in Singapore are NOT affected by this impurity.

 

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I'm on Losartas 50 from polyclinic.

 

I received sms from HSA

And this is contradictory

 

 

There is no immediate health risk. If you are taking Losartas, please continue  because it is unsafe to stop.

 

 

So either I die of high bp or cancer.

And choose my poison.

 

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I'm on Losartas 50 from polyclinic.

 

I received sms from HSA

And this is contradictory

 

 

 

So either I die of high bp or cancer.

And choose my poison.

Mine start with amo..something 5mg also from polyclinic. No sms or anything from polyclnic. Edited by Kopites

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I'm on Losartas 50 from polyclinic.

 

I received sms from HSA

And this is contradictory

 

 

 

So either I die of high bp or cancer.

And choose my poison.

How long have you being taking the drug? Edited by Kopites

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All the ah tans.

 

Do you remember the rain in september?

 

Telmisartan, valsartan, all the wangsartan.

 

If drug production processes are looked into, the drugs/medication supply should be too.

All the GPs out there are small businesses as well, therefore the supply chain need to be looked at.

 

Get the drift?

 

Come and see the physician. Do not bother calling or smsing for an answer. The poly or hospital doctors or even your private doctor can sort out the atan problem.

 

No worries, you'd give yourself cancer.

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Thought nitrosamines in cigarettes, fish, meats.

 

How much in a serving of these foods vs a pill?

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How long have you being taking the drug?

 

I started with pvt dr. who prescribe me losartan.

Then I moved to polyclinic, bcuz pvt was too expensive.

They continue to give me losartan.

 

Probably 1+ year now.

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I started with pvt dr. who prescribe me losartan.

Then I moved to polyclinic, bcuz pvt was too expensive.

They continue to give me losartan.

 

Probably 1+ year now.

You received sms?

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Mine is amlodipine besilate 5mg.

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My father medicine is OK, my mother one need to change.

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Mine is amlodipine besilate 5mg.

 

Trade name is Norvasc

 

Yes, I received sms.

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Trade name is Norvasc

 

Yes, I received sms.

Mine is call norvasc?

 

Under the recall?

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no.

 

Mine is call norvasc?

Under the recall?

 

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My mum's medicine is atenolol.. got so many different type medicine for high bp.. wonder how doctor decide which to prescribe..

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For those who are not sure if the medication you are taking are affected by the recall, just give the clinic a call to confirm, save you the trouble of guessing (and worrying).

 

I called up the clinic this morning, provide the patient (family member) personal particular, and in less than a min, I was told the medication administered was not one of the 3 being recalled. Lucky.

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For those who are not sure if the medication you are taking are affected by the recall, just give the clinic a call to confirm, save you the trouble of guessing (and worrying).

 

I called up the clinic this morning, provide the patient (family member) personal particular, and in less than a min, I was told the medication administered was not one of the 3 being recalled. Lucky.

Clinic?

 

Me polyclnic! Can call?

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I'm on Losartas 50 from polyclinic.

 

I received sms from HSA

And this is contradictory

 

 

 

So either I die of high bp or cancer.

And choose my poison.

 

Bro ... the risk as quoted by FDA (America's Food and Drug Authority) is 1 in 100000 if taking the drug for more than 70 years (lifetime risk)!

The risk is miniscule ... I think driving a car has a much higher risk lifetime odds of being involved in an accident AND DYING is 1 in 572 (USA stats).

 

Please continue to take your meds until your next appt to see the doc.

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I started with pvt dr. who prescribe me losartan.

Then I moved to polyclinic, bcuz pvt was too expensive.

They continue to give me losartan.

 

Probably 1+ year now.

Can share how much your HBP medication cost every month with private doc and polyclinic? 

 

I am taking amlodipline/valsartan 5mg/80mg daily, every month about $70. If polyclinic can be had for much cheaper, then I might consider getting from there. Thanks.

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Clinic?

 

Me polyclnic! Can call?

 

The clinic I called was a private clinic, and the staff is quite friendly and helpful. You can try calling the Polyclinic, but the waiting time might be much longer.

Bro ... the risk as quoted by FDA (America's Food and Drug Authority) is 1 in 100000 if taking the drug for more than 70 years (lifetime risk)!

The risk is miniscule ... I think driving a car has a much higher risk lifetime odds of being involved in an accident AND DYING is 1 in 572 (USA stats).

 

Please continue to take your meds until your next appt to see the doc.

 

Then the risk level is very low? So can just ignore the recall and continue to take, since non of the patient would have chance to take the same medication for 70 years!

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Can share how much your HBP medication cost every month with private doc and polyclinic?

 

I am taking amlodipline/valsartan 5mg/80mg daily, every month about $70. If polyclinic can be had for much cheaper, then I might consider getting from there. Thanks.

I am on Amlodipine only. It cost me less than 20 (after don't know what subsidised rate) per visit include consultation and 3 months supply. Edited by Kopites

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I am on Amlodipine only. It cost me less than 20 (after don't know what subsidised rate) per visit include consultation and 3 months supply.

Wah that is cheap! Maybe I can consider later. Thanks.

 

But I have to check out if polyclinic got this exact combination. I had been taking Valsartan 80mg for a year or 2, and blood pressure only improves slightly, whereas this combination bring it closer to normal range. So might not work out haha.

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The clinic I called was a private clinic, and the staff is quite friendly and helpful. You can try calling the Polyclinic, but the waiting time might be much longer.

 

 

Then the risk level is very low? So can just ignore the recall and continue to take, since non of the patient would have chance to take the same medication for 70 years!

Bro ... though the risk is low ... the drugs are still compromised. HSA will never allow these drugs to continue ... so need to swap. In the long term, I am not sure if other similiar type of drugs will be found to be compromised.

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Wah that is cheap! Maybe I can consider later. Thanks.

 

But I have to check out if polyclinic got this exact combination. I had been taking Valsartan 80mg for a year or 2, and blood pressure only improves slightly, whereas this combination bring it closer to normal range. So might not work out haha.

yes..no issue for me to get hypertension medication from pte clnic since i can still claim from company. Is the concern when I retire in near future since chronic illness is long term. I declined my GP to start me on HBP medication and instead asked him to write a referral to polyclinic. Edited by Kopites

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yes..no issue for me to get hypertension medication from pte clnic since i can still claim from company. Is the concern when I retire in near future since chronic illness is long term. I declined my GP to start me on HBP medication and instead asked him to write a referral to polyclinic. ð That was 2 years plus ago. company happy I happy. half a day eat snake at polyclnic.ð

GP refer to poly .. think u got to pay privet rates leh

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GP refer to poly .. think u got to pay privet rates leh

still subsidiary rate

 

I paid less than 20 for 3 month supply. lab test around 10 plus.

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