NEWS: Blood Pressure Drug Recalled for Cancer Link
THE BLOOD PRESSURE DRUG VALSARTAN HAS BEEN RECALLED IN 23 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting healthcare professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of several drug products containing the active ingredient Valsartan used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. This recall is due to an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which was found in the recalled products. However, not all products containing Valsartan are being recalled. NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. The presence of NDMA was unexpected and is thought to be related to changes in the way the active substance was manufactured.
The FDA says that patients SHOULD NOT stop taking Valsartan until a replacement has been administered. Patients must contact their healthcare professional to discuss their treatment if their medicine is included in this recall, since treatment may include an alternative treatment option.
Please click HERE to read more on the Food And Drug Administration’s website about this important recall.
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According to the American Heart Association, hypertension disproportionately affects the African-American community with over 59% of African-American males and 56% of African-American females affected by high blood pressure compared to a national rate of 46%. Please CLICK HERE to read more.
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