Why do blood pressure medications keep getting recalled? Here’s what to know. – USA TODAY

Ken Alltucker and Josh Hafner USA TODAY Published 4:59 PM EST Jan 16, 2019 In July, drug companies began recalling dozens of lots of the blood pressure and heart medications called valsartan, losartan and irbesartan after testing found the drugs had trace amounts of cancer-causing impurities. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the underlying causes of the tainted drugs. Although the federal agency’s inquiry isn’t complete, inspections at factories in China and India revealed a history of problems before carcinogens in the drugs were ever discovered. Here are answers to common questions about the recalls, the medications and what the FDA is doing. Which drugs are affected by the recalls?  ...

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