DRAP orders immediate recall of heart drug over cancer fears

DRAP orders immediate recall of heart drug over cancer fears

The EMA said on July 5 that an investigation into valsartan, an ingredient in medication used to treat high blood pressure, showed the drugs made by Huahai contained a carcinogen named N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA.

The FDA asked three companies, Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., to recall their valsartan products.

Certain lots of the therapy, distributed under the Actavis label in the United States, have been detected to have trace amounts of probably human carcinogen N- nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The FDA believes the sudden presence of NDMA is due to how the substance was manufactured.

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Zhejiang Huahai has already acknowledged that there was an impurity in some of its valsartan, which it said had sales of $50 million in 2017. If you are unable to find that information on the label, contact the pharmacy where you purchased your medication. Ltd said in a statement issued Monday that it has also halted the supply of valsartan to the USA market and may face losses due to financial obligations related to the recall.

Users prescribed drugs with the presence of valsartan are encouraged to continue taking the recalled drug until they're able to speak with their doctor for alternative options. "That is why we've asked these companies to take immediate action to protect patients". It also announced the recall of valsartan products in Chinese and European markets. The list of recalled products has been posted on the websites of many regulatory agencies, including the U.S. FDA, Health Canada, the Irish Regulatory Authority and the Jamaica Ministry of Health. In some patients, vulsartan is becoming life-saving medicine. When contacted, DRAP deputy director (quality control) Abdul Sattar Sohrani confirmed the recall orders and said the pharmaceutical firms concerned had been given one week to remove from the market the medicines made from Zhejiang Huahai's valsartan. "That includes our efforts to ensure the quality of drugs and the safe manner in which they're manufactured", Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Friday. This is raising concerns among the people about what medications can be used without causing further deterioration to the patients. According to Harry Lever, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, "It's not just valsartan".

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