The manufacturer of the popular blood pressure medication Valsartan has recalled the drug after cancer-causing substances were found in several lots. Mylan N.V. announced its voluntary U.S. recall in November, one day after the European Union effectively banned sales of Valsartan for the same reason, finding that some batches contained trace amounts of N-nitrosodiethylamine, a substance classified as a probable human carcinogen according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Nationwide Recall of Valsartan
As the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) outlined in a November 20 statement, the nationwide recall applies to at least 15 lots of products containing Valsartandistributed in the U.S. between March 2017 and November 2018.
Valsartan is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, and to reduce cardiovascular mortality following myocardial infarction. It’s also used in amlodipine or hydrochlorothiazide to treat high blood pressure.
If you take Valsartan or medications containing Valsartan, the FDA advises you to:
- Contact your pharmacist or physician so they can advise you about an alternative treatment;
- Continue taking your medication, as the risk of harm to your health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment; and
- Contact your physician or healthcare provider if you have experienced any problems that may be related to these medications.
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