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July 13, 2018. Category: Unsafe Drugs

FDA announces voluntary recall of heart medicines containing valsartan

 

Three U.S. drug manufacturers have agreed to voluntarily recall various drugs containing the active ingredient valsartan over fears that some of the medicines could be tainted with a known carcinogen called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).   All of the valsartan being recalled in the U.S. was made in China by the same company (Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals).  Not all products containing valsartan are being recalled. 

Recalled Products

Medicine

Company

Valsartan

Major Pharmaceuticals

Valsartan

Solco Healthcare

Valsartan

Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.

Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)

Solco Healthcare

Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)

Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.

A link to the NDCs and Lot Numbers for the drug products subject to the recall can be found here: https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM615703.pdf

Information for Patients and Health Care Professionals from the FDA

  • Because valsartan is used in medicines to treat serious medical conditions, patients taking the recalled valsartan-containing medicines should continue taking their medicine until they have a replacement product.
  • 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.
  • If a patient is taking one of the recalled medicines listed below, they should follow the recall instructions provided by the specific company. This information will be posted to the FDA’s website.
  • Patients should also contact their health care professional (the pharmacist who dispensed the medication or doctor who prescribed the medication) if their medicine is included in this recall to discuss their treatment, which may include another valsartan product not affected by this recall or an alternative treatment option.

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