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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall for several drugs, which are used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, due to an impurity that is believed to cause cancer.

The following are products listed in the recall, according to the FDA:

  • Valsartan from Major Pharmaceuticals
  • Valsartan from Solco Healthcare
  • Valsartan from Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
  • Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) from Solco Healthcare
  • Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) from Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.

This nationwide recall announcement was just released for Teva today, which includes NDC and lot numbers.  Major Pharmaceuticals issued a similar recall announcement and published product photos as well. Finally, Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. issued a recall for all lots within expiry of Valsartan, which were supplied by Teva and labeled as Major Pharmaceuticals.

The FDA released an announcement that noted the recall is due to an impurity, specifically N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which was found in the recalled drugs. To determine whether your medication has been recalled, the FDA explains, check the drug name and company name on the prescription bottle’s label. If the information is not on the bottle, contact the pharmacy that dispensed the medicine. Speak with your health care provider right away if you have taken a recalled Valsartan medication.

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  1. Gravatar for Raymond Noel
    Raymond Noel

    I've been taking Valspartan/Diovan HCT for 15 yrs. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer feb 2017 and had my prostate removed April 2017.

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