FDA Recalls Blood Pressure, Heart Medicine After Cancer Causing Agent Discovered

Chinese Drugmaker Recalls Cancer Causing Medicines in US

Ministry of Public Health recalled seven pharmaceutical products that contain ingredient valsartan, manufactured by Chinese company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical L T, on the suspicion of containing a carcinogenic flaw.

"We have carefully assessed the valsartan-containing medications sold in the United States, and we've found that the valsartan sold by these specific companies does not meet our safety standards", Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.

FDA has asked the patients not to take any medicine manufactured by this company and do not buy any product in which there is no name of the manufacturer.

Valsartan was recalled by the FDA on Friday (July 13), a move 22 other countries have made in the last few weeks.

Ireland said its "precautionary recall" affected some 60,000 patients. Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals supplied the three USA -based pharmaceutical companies with these products, according to The New York Times. The chemical, which is found in tobacco smoke and some consumer products, has been linked to liver and lung cancer in animals that breathed it for periods of more than several weeks.

Patients are advised to talk to their doctor if they are taking the medication.

If you don't know where you medication came from in the past, your pharmacy should have that information. They're also used by the people with heart failures or attacks in recent times. Apparently there are other medications that have similar issues.

The authority, taking notice of misconception declares in clear terms that valsartan medicine made by Pakistani companies is not banned and only batches manufactured by the valsartan raw material manufactured using are being recalled.

Heath experts warn patients using valsartan to check their bottle to identify its manufacturer.

Valsartan was originally developed by Novartis and the Swiss company marketed it as Diovan, but it is now off patent and is used in a number of generic medicines supplied by various companies.

"The class members have sustained a personal injury because there is a real possibility in the future that the class members will contract cancer because they consumed a drug contaminated with NDMA, which is a carcinogen", the request reads. This particular ingredient has been classified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as a possible human carcinogen.

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