Last month, the FDA recalled valsartan tablets that were made in China after tests showed that it contained a substance that could cause cancer. Valsartan is a very common medication that is used to treat high blood pressure.
This month, the recall was expanded to include tablets from Teva Pharmaceuticals, AvKare, Remedy Repack, A-S Medication Solutions, Proficient Rx, Bryant Ranch Prepack, Prinston Pharmaceutical, Camber Pharmaceuticals, NuCare Pharmaceuticals, HJ Harkins Company, and Northwind Pharmaceuticals. Originally, the recalled drugs were all manufactured by one company in China. The expanded recall includes drugs made in India.
The FDA is investigating how the impurity got into the valsartan tablets. More brands could potentially be added to the recall list. Patients who are currently taking the drug should not quit it until they are given a replacement because of potential issues with their blood pressure. They should instead talk to their doctor or pharmacist about switching to a different product.
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