Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Health Canada urges consulting doctor after blood pressure drug recall

These Heart Disease Medication Made in China Have Been Recalled for Potentially Causing Cancer- WORLD OF BUZZ Valsartan should continue to be taken unless alternative medicine available
Celia Hoffman | 12 July, 2018, 07:39

An impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), was found in the valsartan used in these products, the federal agency said.

The Mohap explained that other medicines containing Valsartan manufactured using the same active ingredient from other sources are safe to use.

Health Canada said Chinese company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals supplied the valsartan to several companies that used it to make drugs. Health Canada describes NDMA as "a potential human carcinogen, which means that it could cause cancer with long-term exposure". For example, Swiss company Novartis informed the ministry that their products containing valsartan are not impacted because these products do not contain the ingredient from external suppliers.

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Drugs containing valsartan are used to treat high blood pressure and help prevent heart attacks and stroke.

"It is vital that patients taking valsartan medication affected by this recall do not stop taking their medication abruptly and consult with their doctor or healthcare professional as soon as possible for alternative treatment", according to the Inspectorate of Health.

Patients are also advised to speak with a pharmacist who can check if the specific drug someone is taking with the ingredient is being recalled.

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