A medical recall has been expanded again, to a global scale.
Valsartan, a prescription medication commonly used to treat blood pressure issues and heart failure, is now under a worldwide recall.
The FDA said the drug contains a cancer causing chemical called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) that could be toxic to your liver and other organs.
“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.
Now, the recall has gone global with the FDA adding new manufacturers to the list:
Valsartan - Prinston - Pharmaceutical Inc.
Valsartan - AvKARE
Valsartan - A-S Medication Solutions LLC
Valsartan - Bryant Ranch Prepack, Inc.
Valsartan - HJ Harkins Company
Valsartan - Major Pharmaceuticals
Valsartan - Solco Healthcare
Valsartan - Northwind Pharmaceuticals
Valsartan - Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) - Proficient Rx LP
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) - Remedy Repack
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) - Solco Healthcare
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) - Teva Pharmaceuticals Injustries Ltd.
For more info on these: FDA
The FDA has also compiled an updated list of medications not included in the recall:
Amlodipine and Valsartan - Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) - Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited
Valsartan - Alembic Pharmaceuticals LimitedByvalson (Nebivolol and Valsartan - Allergan, Inc.
Valsartan - American Health Packaging
Valsartan - Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC
Diovan and Valsartan - Aphena Pharma Solutions
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) - Apotex Corp.
Amlodipine and Valsartan - Aurodindo Pharma Limited
Valsartan - AcPAK
Valsartan - Cardinal Health
Diovan - Carilion Materials Management
Amlodipine and Valsartan - Gavis Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Valsartan - Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Valsartan - Lucid Pharma
Amlodipine and Valsartan - Lupin
Valsartan - Macleods Pharmaceuticals USA
Amlodipine and Valsartan - Mylan
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) - Northwind Pharmaceuticals
Diovan - Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Amlodipine and Valsartan - Novel Laboratories, Inc.
Valsartan - Ohm Laboratories, Inc.
For more information on various medications that are not included in the recall, click here.
Updates to this story: ABC 13