FDA recalls blood pressure, heart failure medications; could cause cancer

posted by Caroline Cook - 

July 16, 2018 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has alerted health care professionals and patients that take medication for high blood pressure and heart failure about a new recall.  The recall involves drugs that contain the ingredient valsartan.  

Valsartan is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, according to the FDA. 

They wrote that an impurity has been found in valsartan called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

"We have carefully assessed the valsartan-containing medications sold in the United States, and we’ve found that the valsartan sold by these specific companies does not meet our safety standards. This is why we’ve asked these companies to take immediate action to protect patients,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

More on this story HERE from ABC-13 WSET.

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