Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Common heart drug recalled due to contamination with possible carcinogen

Common heart drug recalled due to contamination with possible carcinogen

They are also used by patients who have had heart failure or a recent heart attack.

Health Canada is urging users of medication containing valsartan, which is used to treat high blood pressure, to consult with their physician and pharmacist to determine what to do in the wake of a recall of products containing valsartan issued by five companies.

Pharmacies in 22 countries including Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, France, Poland, Croatia, Lithuania, Greece, Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bahrain and Malta have been warned and asked to recall products containing Valsartan as a precaution.

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The recall and review were sparked after Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals - the company that supplies the active ingredient for some valsartan medicines - detected an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), in their product.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention said the recall is a precautionary measure following a report issued by the European Medicines Agency.

"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. After its announcement on Saturday, the ministry launched on-site investigations of 82 pharmaceutical companies to check whether the drugs contain NDMA. The 219 drugs containing Chinese-made Valsartan are among 571 available drugs in Korea that contain the ingredient coming from other countries.

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On Saturday, the Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service revised its Drug Utilization Review, a computerized pharmaceutical review system that oversees prescriptions, to display an on-screen warning when doctors try to prescribe a banned drug on their computers.

Patients are also advised to speak with a pharmacist who can check if the specific drug someone is taking with the ingredient is being recalled.

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