CHINA Recall of Chinese medication for high blood pressure linked to cancer

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Three companies agreed to voluntarily pull the generic drug containing valsartan after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that it may be tainted with the human carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

The FDA recommends that patients continue taking the medication until they can get a replacement, because it is used to treat "serious medical conditions".

The authority, taking notice of misconception declares in clear terms that valsartan medicine made by Pakistani companies is not banned and only batches manufactured by the valsartan raw material manufactured using are being recalled.

Not all valsartan-containing medicines distributed in the United States have valsartan active pharmaceutical ingredient supplied by this specific company.

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When contacted, DRAP deputy director (quality control) Abdul Sattar Sohrani confirmed the recall orders and said the pharmaceutical firms concerned had been given one week to remove from the market the medicines made from Zhejiang Huahai's valsartan.

A request for a class-action suit filed in the Montreal courthouse on Monday wants the manufacturers of a recalled heart medication, valsartan, to pay damages to Quebecers who took the drug. You should also follow the recall instructions provided by the specific company.

Patients are advised to look at the company and the drug name mentioned on the label of their prescription to see whether the specific product is recalled or not.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA), which first raised the alarm over the Chinese supplied valsartan on July 5, said it was now working to establish how long and at what levels patients might have been exposed to the impurity known as NDMA. In combination with hydrochlorothiazide, it is used in the treatment of hypertension.

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Also, you should contact your doctor of whoever the pharmacists was that dispensed the impacted drugs to you to discuss an alternative option.

The FDA believes this sudden presence of NDMA in the drugs is because of the way the substance was manufactured. It can also be unintentionally produced through certain chemical reactions and is a byproduct from some pesticide manufacturing, the making of rubber tires or fish processing.

Valsartan Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.

The FDA previously reported that imported medications and their ingredients may not have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness in the USA, even if they were legal in foreign countries.

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