Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Hypertension drug recalled after traces of probable carcinogen found

Chemical'used in rocket fuel is found in blood pressure pills sparking major recall The Department of Health today endorsed a product registration certificate holder Actavis Hong Kong Limited, to recall one batch (batch num An Actavis product that has been recalled
Celia Hoffman | 04 January, 2019, 22:29

It looks like that trend will continue in 2019 as yet another company has issued a recall of blood pressure tablets after detecting an impurity that may be cancer-causing.

The FDA explains in its bulletin that the carcinogen discovered in the tablets is NDEA (N-nitrosodiethylamine), which can be a byproduct of industrial manufacturing and has been linked to cancer in the past. Around 165,000 packs of the drug were prescribed in the United Kingdom in 2017, reports The Sun. They recommend that patients consult with their doctor or friendly neighborhood pharmacist to discuss their options for treatment alternatives.

MHRA director of the inspection, enforcement and standards division Dr Sam Atkinson said: 'Our highest priority is making sure the medicines you take are safe. "Our investigation into potential contamination of sartan containing medicines, including irbesartan, is ongoing".

If you're taking Amlodipine Valsartan Tablets, Valsartan HCTZ Tablets, or Valsartan Tablets to treat your blood pressure, don't let this news raise your blood pressure. The recall follows an earlier one for heart medications Dexcel and Actavis in July and Mylan and Teva in November, which contained the same chemical.

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He added not every Accord and Dexcel product had been affected and patients should seek the advice of their doctor before they stop taking their medication.

A drug manufacturer is voluntarily recalling some of its Valsartan blood pressure medication because of an ingredient that's not meant to be in the product.

Pharmacies were told to stop supplying a series of batches of irbesartan, quarantine all remaining stock and return it to suppliers using recall processes.

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