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Blood Pressure Drug Recall List Expands to Include More Valsartan Tablets

Blood Pressure Drug Recall List Expands to Include More Valsartan Tablets”

In October a year ago, the FDA halted imports of drug ingredients or medicines containing ingredients produced at a factory of a Chinese bulk manufacturer of valsartan, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals.

The drugs mentioned in the article are used to treat blood pressure and heart failure.

It affects 80 lots of Amlodipine Valsartan Tablets USP, Valsartan HCTZ Tablets, USP and Valsartan Tablets USP.

They contain trace amounts of N-nitrosodiethylamine, a substance that can be encountered in air pollution, industrial activity, drinking water and select foods. Drug types included in various hypertension medication recalls include losartan, irbesartan, and other valsaratan drugs.

The FDA stresses that patients taking a recalled ARB should continue taking their current medication until their pharmacist can offer a replacement drug or their doctor prescribes a different medication that treats the same condition.

There have not been any reports of people suffering adverse effects as a result of taking the recalled medication, the company stated in a press release posted on the Food and Drug Administration website.

Last month, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited issued a voluntary recall of two lots of Losartan potassium tablets over similar concerns surrounding trace amounts of NDEA.

On 31st of December, Aurobindo Pharma USA did not receive any kind of reports related to the adverse reactions which are associated with the recent recall based on a recent commentary. Torrent is recalling only these particular losartan potassium tablets.

Those that have recently bought one or several bottles of medication are asked to visit the FDA website and compare that lot numbers on the site with those that are written on the bottles.

General questions about the return of the recalled blood pressure medications can be directed to Qualanex at 1-888-280-2040 from 8 a.m.to 9 p.m. EST.

"Torrent is only recalling lots of losartan medication containing NDEA above the interim acceptable intake level of 0.27 parts per million", said the FDA.



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