Health Canada recalls some drugs containing valsartan due to potential carcinogen

Several medications containing valsartan are being recalled due to fears of contamination

Canada is one of 22 countries affected by a recall of a common drug for treating high blood pressure and prevention of heart attacks and stroke because of contamination with a potential carcinogen.

The Mohap explained that other medicines containing Valsartan manufactured using the same active ingredient from other sources are safe to use.

The recall came after the detection of a chemical - n-nitrosodimethylamine - that could lead to cancer.

Health Canada said it is monitoring the product recalls, and advises anyone using an affected product to contact their health-care practitioner as soon as possible to discuss treatment options.

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The valsartan active ingredient from the facility in China has been used by various pharmaceutical manufacturers to produce valsartan-containing medications in Europe, some of which are available on-island. They are also used by patients who have had heart failure or a recent heart attack.

The announcement follows news last week that the European Medicines Agency launched a recall and review of valsartan-containing drugs.

Valsartan is used to treat hypertension and can prevent cardiovascular complications associated with the condition.

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