Health Canada urges consulting doctor after blood pressure drug recall

These Heart Disease Medication Made in China Have Been Recalled for Potentially Causing Cancer- WORLD OF BUZZ

This recall has been issued following indications of the presence of an undesirable impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in the valsartan active ingredient, which is manufactured by a facility in China. The offending impurity is N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which has been listed as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The recall affects several drugs containing the ingredient valsartan, Health Canada announced Tuesday. The report of withdrawal includes shipments, withdrawal quantity and other evidence of withdrawal at wholesalers, retailers and users who have purchased drugs according to the regulations of the Ministry of Health.

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Drugs containing valsartan are used to treat patients with high blood pressure to help prevent heart attacks and stroke.

"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.

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EMA and United Kingdom regulators are working together to investigate the extent of the issues and any possible impact for patients.

"We continue to undertake an urgent review of all these products that may pose a low risk to public health". The circular has also directed that all healthcare practitioners and doctors should not prescribe or dispense the affected products and also advises patients to not discontinue use of the medicine unless they consult with the doctor to prescribe other alternatives registered with the Ministry.

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"We will communicate the outcome of our investigations and ensure that any other affected products are recalled".

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