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Canada Some heart, high blood pressure drugs containing valsartan recalled due to cancer risk

20:56  10 july  2018
20:56  10 july  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Several heart and high blood pressure drugs that contain valsartan are being recalled because of a substance that can cause cancer . Patients shouldn't stop taking their medication without consulting doctor or pharmacist. The Canadian Press · Posted: Jul 10, 2018 12:47 PM ET | Last Updated: July 10.

Experts share four things patients should know about the recent recall by the FDA and 22 countries of several blood pressure and heart drugs containing valsartan , including alternatives and a possible cancer risk .

a hand holding a remote control: Valsartan is an ingredient in several heart and high blood pressure drugs. The recall targets specific products supplied by a Chinese company that may contain a potential carcinogen.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Valsartan is an ingredient in several heart and high blood pressure drugs. The recall targets specific products supplied by a Chinese company that may contain a potential carcinogen.

Several heart and high blood pressure drugs that contain valsartan are being recalled because of a substance that can cause cancer.

Health Canada says the medications were supplied by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals of China and that the valsartan used in the affected products contains an impurity known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

NDMA is a potential carcinogen that could cause cancer with long-term exposure. The recall was issued by the manufacturers of several drugs involving five companies.

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Several heart and high blood pressure drugs that contain valsartan are being recalled because of a substance that can cause cancer . Patients shouldn't stop taking their medication without consulting doctor or pharmacist. If your blood pressure is high , your heart has to work harder than it should to

Patients with high blood pressure who take medications containing valsartan now will find 36 medications on Health Canada's recall list, made by companies The initial recall was issued in July. Some heart , high blood pressure drugs containing valsartan recalled due to cancer risk .

Drugs containing valsartan are used to treat high blood pressure and help prevent heart attacks and stroke. They are also used by patients who have had heart failure or a recent heart attack.

Health Canada says patients taking the drug should check with their pharmacists to learn if their medicine is being recalled.

But the agency also said that anyone taking medication that contains valsartan should continue to take it unless told to stop by their doctor or pharmacist.

Nardine Nakhla, from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, emphasized that point in an email to CBC News.

"Patients should not stop taking their medicine if it contains valsartan unless they've been specifically instructed to do so by their prescriber or pharmacist," Nakhla said. "Patients should contact their pharmacist(s) to see if the drugs they're taking are indeed the affected, recalled valsartan products. The pharmacist can then figure out alternative medications that are unaffected by the recall."

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