Companies Recall Blood Pressure Medications Over Cancer Fears

Ministry of Health recalls medicines containing chemical suspected to cause cancer - Oman

The Pharmacy and Drug Control department at the ministry said it received memos from global organizations on the possibility of a carcinogenic flaw called n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in the active substance (Valsartan) manufactured by the company.

The FDA says that patients who are taking the recalled valsartan-containing medicines should continue taking their medicine until they have a replacement product.

The move comes after 22 other countries recalled the drug due to it containing a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk. If you can't find the information on the bottle, you should contact your pharmacy.

At the time of the announced recall, Teva had not received any reports of adverse events related to the recall of 29 single lots and 51 combinations lots of valsartan. Major Pharmaceuticals as a distribution firm, is recalling all lots within expiry of Valsartan supplied by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

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The impurity is the "probable carcinogen" N-nitrosodimethylamine; in regards to how this was introduced into the active ingredient, both the EMA and FDA suggested it had been introduced during a change in the manufacturing process. "EMA has made this aspect of the review a priority and will update the public as soon as new information becomes available", the agency said. Instructions for returning recalled products and crediting are given in the recall letter. "This is why we've asked these companies to take immediate action to protect patients", said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Zhejiang Huahai, which was founded in 1989 and listed on the Shanghai stock exchange in 2003, was one of the first Chinese companies to get drugs approved in the US market. In some patients, vulsartan is becoming life-saving medicine. "That includes our efforts to ensure the quality of drugs and the safe manner in which they're manufactured", Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Friday.

Health experts are frightened that this will create a huge problem and can undergo out of the control.

"It's not just valsartan", Lever said. "There are so many drugs that are coming in from India and China and companies are buying and selling each other and you don't know what's what".

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