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A drug called losartan might help us beat coronavirus

March 19th, 2020

Scientists from the University of Minnesota are testing the blood pressure drug losartan to see if it can prevent COVID-19 infection or reduce symptoms.  The drug, which is a widely-available generic medication, may help by blocking a site on cells that is used by the virus.  Doctors are also testing the malaria medication hydroxychloroquine to …

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FDA expands recall of blood pressure meds due to cancer-causing impurity

September 25th, 2019

In the ongoing effort to determine the origins of a potentially cancer-causing impurity discovered in prescription blood pressure medications, the FDA has announced that Torrent Pharmaceuticals is expanding its own voluntary recall of its popular heart drugs. The company’s Losartan tablets tested positive for elevated levels of N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid, or NMBA, a probable human carcinogen. …