Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Heart Meds Recalled In UK, EU, For Possible Cancer Link

Medications to treat heart failure recalled Widely taken blood pressure drug valsartan recalled | News
Celia Hoffman | 10 July, 2018, 21:41

On July 5, 2018, the European Medicines Agency announced that it was reviewing products containing the API valsartan supplied by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in Linhai, China after N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was detected by the company.

Pharmacies are being advised to recall all batches of valsartan-containing medicines made by Dexcel Pharma Ltd and Accord Healthcare (previously known as Actavis Group) following an urgent investigation into medicines containing valsartan, which are used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions. This active substance is used in a number of medicines marketed in Europe.

National authorities across the European Union are now recalling medicines containing valsartan supplied by Zhejiang Huahai while a review investigating levels of NDMA is undertaken.

A Europe-wide alert has gone out after a change in manufacturing process at a Chinese factory was found to result in medicine containing a carcinogenic substance.

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"The European Medicines Agency and other EU regulators are working together to investigate the extent of the issue and any possible impact for patients".

"Unless another warning is issued, the Medicines Authority and the SPH are adhering to directions given by the EMA and Health Products Regulatory Authority that patients shouldn't stop using this medication haphazardly".

The HPRA advises patients not to stop taking these important medicines but to go to their pharmacist or doctor at an early opportunity to discuss their treatment. The health risk of abruptly discontinuing this medicine is higher than any potential risk presented by the impurity.

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