HEALTH CANADA RECALLS SOME HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND HEART MEDICATIONS

Aug 20, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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A recall on certain medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure is being expanded – because the drugs may contain a substance that can increase the risk of cancer.

Health Canada says eight additional Valsartan medications are being recalled – as a precautionary measure.

The agency says a recall of 28 Valsartan medications was announced last month – because the drugs contained an impurity known as NDMA – which is a potential carcinogen – that can cause cancer with long-term exposure.

It says all of the recalled products use a Valsartan ingredient – manufactured by a pharmaceutical company in China – and anyone taking affected Valsartan medications should contact their health-care provider to discuss treatment options.

But it also says patients should continue taking their medications – unless they have been advised by their health-care provider to stop.

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