Publicado: Mar, Julio 17, 2018
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FDA recalls blood pressure, heart failure medications after cancer-causing agents found

FDA recalls blood pressure, heart failure medications after cancer-causing agents found

"The presence of of NDMA was unexpected and is thought to be related to changes in the way the active substance was manufactured", the FDA release said.

Valsartan is off patent and is used as a component of other generic medicines, but not all medicines containing the ingredient are involved, according to the FDA.

The firms recalling products include Major Pharmaceuticals' Valsartan, Solco Healthcare's Valsartan and Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries' Valsartan and Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ).

The drugs might contain the ingredient valsartan, which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, the FDA said.

Valsartan from Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. Not all valsartan products, however, have been recalled.

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To determine if your specific medication has been recalled, look at the name of the drug and the company name on the prescription bottle label.

Patients should contact their doctor or pharmacist if their medication is part of the recall. "As we seek the removal of certain drug products today, our drug shortages team is also working hard to ensure patients' therapeutic needs are met in the United States with an adequate supply of unaffected medications".

The FDA continues to review this situation and is investigating possible effects on patients taking these drugs and how companies can reduce or eliminate NDMA in future batches of medication.

Earlier this month, European authorities recalled drugs that had valsartan that were supplied by a Chinese drugmaker over concerns they may contain NDMA, as reported by Medscape Medical News. The FDA has provided instructions on their website.

Apple, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the USA and other countries. "This is why we've asked these companies to take immediate action to protect patients", said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

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