FDA issuing recall of medications containing valsartan

FDA issuing recall of medications containing valsartan

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Food and Drug Administration is issuing a voluntary recall of several medications that contain the active ingredient valsartan.

This drug is issued to treat high blood pressure, heart failure or people with weakened hearts. 

Health experts said there are three specific generic manufacturers of the drug. There is nothing wrong with the chemical itself however, during the manufacturing process there appears to be a bi-product called NDMA, a carcinogen which is a substance that could cause cancer.

These findings are based on results from recent laboratory tests.

"If you are a patient who is on valsartan certaintly contact your doctors office and your pharmacy, your pharmacy may be able to tell you by whom the medication was manufactured and if it is by one of these companys then don't take any more of the medication and then contact your doctor or your care givers office for a substitute there is several very similar angiotensin receptor blockers that have virtually identical properties," Scott Shurmur, Division Chief of Cardiology at Texas Tech Health Science's Center, said. 

To determine whether a specific product has been recalled, patients should look at the drug name and company name on the label of their prescription bottle. If the information is not on the bottle, patients should contact the pharmacy that dispensed the medicine.

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