Company voluntarily recalls blood pressure medication over cancer concerns

Chemical'used in rocket fuel is found in blood pressure pills sparking major recall The Department of Health today endorsed a product registration certificate holder Actavis Hong Kong Limited, to recall one batch (batch num

Chemical'used in rocket fuel is found in blood pressure pills sparking major recall The Department of Health today endorsed a product registration certificate holder Actavis Hong Kong Limited, to recall one batch (batch num

A drug manufacturer is voluntarily recalling some of its Valsartan blood pressure medication because of an ingredient that's not meant to be in the product.

Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc.is voluntarily recalling two lots of Valsartan tablets, 26 lots of amlodipine and Valsartan combination tablets, and 52 lots of Valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) combination tablets.

It is the second recall of medications that contain valsartan within the past year.

The company says it has detected trace amounts of N-nitrosodiethylamine, which has been classified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. You can check out the full list of products along with their lot numbers on the FDA's recall page.

Click to enlarge These are the drugs from Actavis Group that have been recalled
Click to enlarge These are the drugs from Actavis Group that have been recalled

'Because of the risk associated with suddenly stopping high blood pressure medication, people are advised not to stop any treatments without consulting their doctor or pharmacist'. While the company says it has not received any reports of patients suffering adverse effects related to the recall, it still wants the drugs back.

He added not every Accord and Dexcel product had been affected and patients should seek the advice of their doctor before they stop taking their medication.

Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc.is notifying its distributors and customers by phone and in writing to immediately discontinue distribution of the specific lots being recalled. Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc.is arranging for return of all recalled products to Inmar/CLS Medturn.

Pharmacies were told to stop supplying a series of batches of irbesartan, quarantine all remaining stock and return it to suppliers using recall processes.

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