FDA Issues Massive Blood Pressure Med Recall

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



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