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13 July 2018, 09:55 | Randall Craig
Recall of Valsartan containing drugs
Health Canada announced that the drugs were coming from China, from Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals.
An impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), was found in the valsartan used in these products, the federal agency said.
While the review is underway, national authorities across the European Union are recalling medicines containing valsartan supplied by Zhejiang Huahai.
NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests.
Valsartan, a drug widely used to control blood pressure is being recalled in several countries around the world because of its chemical ingredient possibly linking to cancer. Doctors advised that people should not stop taking medicine without first consulting a professional specialist.
Additionally, precautionary measures will be taken by the EMA, which will review other valsartan medicines to ensure they have not also been affected.
"Patients should not stop taking their medicine if it contains valsartan unless they've been specifically instructed to do so by their prescriber or pharmacist", Nakhla said. Valsartan is a medicine used for the treatment of hypertension to prevent related cardiovascular complications. "The pharmacist can then figure out alternative medications that are unaffected by the recall".
EMA and United Kingdom regulators are working together to investigate the extent of the issues and any possible impact for patients. Patients that have had a recent heart attack or heart failure also use these drugs.
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