The Food and Drug Administration has asked for a voluntary recall of two types of heart medication by various companies with the active ingredient valsartan. This is due to a potentially cancer-causing impurity that may have been caused when the drugs were being manufactured.
In a statement, the FDA has said that,
“This recall is due to an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which was found in the recalled products. However, not all products containing valsartan are being recalled. NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. The presence of NDMA was unexpected and is thought to be related to changes in the way the active substance was manufactured.”
The medications are used to treat serious conditions, including high blood pressure and heart failure, so it is highly advised to speak with your doctor or pharmacist rather than suddenly stopping any of the affected medications. The FDA advises continuing to take any of the pharmaceuticals in this current recall until you have a replacement. It may be possible to get a replacement medication of a different type or an unaffected version of the medication you have currently. Your doctor or pharmacist should be able to help.
The recalled medications are Valsartan and Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) produced by Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare, and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. The FDA has assessed these pharmaceuticals and found that they do not meet safety standards.
The FDA regularly issues recalled for various medications. To make sure no other pharmaceuticals in your house are on the list, you can visit their regularly updated drug recall page at any time. Other drugs that have made it onto their recall list this summer include kratom powder capsules, kratom products, neostigmine methylsulfate in 5 ml syringes, one type of daptomycin, and some naloxone hydrochloride injections.
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