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20 July 2018, 09:46 | Melissa Porter
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The popular drug is used to treat high blood pressure, which affects one quarter of Barbadians over the age of 40.
Three companies agreed to voluntarily pull the generic drug containing valsartan after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that it may be tainted with the human carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The companiesrecalling their products include Major Pharameceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
As a result, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) triggered a recall of all valsartan containing medicines having made using same source of active substance. "This is why we've asked these companies to take immediate action to protect patients".
Patients and doctors are being warned to ensure that the valsartan that they are taking is not being manufactured by this particular company.
"The recall is huge, based on the volume and the large number of patients it could have impacted", said Brito, "but we believe this could get offset by other players stocking up in short term".
The FDA advises that patients contact pharmacists or physicians for advice on alternate therapy in lieu of the recalled treatment.
Interesting thing is that every single of the carcinogenic medicines are made in China and also by the same company named as Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd.
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