More blood pressure, heart failure medications added to FDA recall

FDA recalls thyroid medication

FDA recalls thyroid medication

The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the recall of a common blood pressure medication over the concern that the drugs may contain a cancer-causing substance. Not all of the drugs containing valsartan were impacted.

The European Medicines Agency, similar to the FDA in the US, said it is working with worldwide partners to review the impact of the NDMA found in valsartan from Zhejiang Tianyu, but "there is no immediate risk to patients".

On Aug. 8, the recall was expanded to include tablets from AvKare, A-S Medication Solutions LLC, Bryant Ranch Prepack Inc, Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

A list of medicines containing valsartan from Zhejiang Tianyu will be available from national drug agencies. It is an organic chemical that has been used to make liquid rocket fuel, and can be unintentionally introduced through certain chemical reactions. It is now used only for the goal of research. The FDA has not recalled all medications that include valsartan, though.

Consumers are urged to contact their doctor for guidance and change of prescription if they are now taking valsartan tablets or if they experience any problems that may have come from taking the drug.

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The FDA and other health officials believe the presence of NDMA in the widely used heart drug is related to changes in the way the active ingredient was manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai.

If you cannot find the information listed, you can call your pharmacy.

In a statement last month, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals said, "We published our recall notice at midday on July 13 in China and overseas, and published the USA market recall notice on July 14 Beijing time... all the drug materials for the Chinese market were recalled by July 23". According to the company, they notified authorities as soon as they learned that their drug might have been contaminated by NDMA.

The FDA will give future updates on the new recall. "You don't want to jump to any conclusions on your own about this medication, or any medication for that matter".

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