Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Health Canada recalls heart drug due to contamination with possible carcinogen

Valsartan a common heart disease drug is being recalled across Europe because it contains a chemical that has the potential to cause cancer Valsartan a common heart disease drug is being recalled across Europe because it contains a chemical that has the potential to cause cancer
Ben Pena | 13 July, 2018, 21:57

The drugs are manufactured by five companies whose valsartan was supplied by China-based Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) is a chemical substance classified as potentially carcinogenic.

NDMA can cause cancer after long-term exposure to it. Manufacturers issued the recall of the drugs.

Several heart and high blood pressure drugs that contain valsartan are being recalled because of a substance that can cause cancer.

Simultaneously, the administration also suspended the use of Valsartan in producing medicines and is conducting research on the use and impact of Valsartan to ensure patients' safety and follow the procedures for changing drug registration dossiers as regulated.

The Ministry has affirmed that it is always in close coordination and communication with the FDA and the European and Australian Medicines agencies to get any updates and take any necessary actions as soon as possible to protect the health of patients and people in the country.

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"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".

If you have any questions about your treatment, speak to your pharmacist who can tell you if your medicine is being recalled.

Valsartan is an angiotensin-II-receptor antagonist used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), recent heart attack and heart failure.

A Class 1 Medicines Recall is now underway with all valsartan containing medicines made by Actavis Group and Dexcel Pharma being recalled at a European level as a result of the potential contamination.

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