U.S. joins global recall of common heart drug over impurities

U.S. joins global recall of common heart drug over impurities

The medication was manufactured in China by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical, which supplied the drugs to Major Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Solco Healthcare.

Major Pharmaceuticals has issued a nationwide voluntary recall of all lots of Valsartan, which is supplied by Teva Pharmaceuticals but labeled as Major Pharmaceuticals, according to the United States Food & Drug Administration.

A Chinese pharmaceutical company has announced a recall of blood pressure medicines containing valsartan from the USA market after an impurity was found.

The EMA has said there is "no immediate risk and patients taking valsartan are advised not to stop their treatments" unless advised by doctors.

All of the valsartan that is being recalled was made in China by the same company, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

The company supplies the ingredient to manufacturers producing some of the valsartan medicines available in the European Union, and some initial reports were that US manufacturers were not affected.

"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", said Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a statement.

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A request for a class-action suit filed in the Montreal courthouse on Monday wants the manufacturers of a recalled heart medication, valsartan, to pay damages to Quebecers who took the drug. However, not all products containing valsartan are being recalled. "That includes our efforts to ensure the quality of drugs and the safe manner in which they're manufactured", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. said in a press release.

The Ministry of Health is assuring the public that Valsartan products in Barbados have not been affected by an global recall.

If you don't know where you medication came from in the past, your pharmacy should have that information.

The FDA will continue its investigation into the drug. They're also used by the people with heart failures or attacks in recent times. Also, the FDA said there is a link between valsartan and cancer. The distribution firm is notifying distributors and other customers by recall letter and arranging for return of all recalled products.

The supplier has stopped distributing its valsartan API and the FDA is working with the affected companies to reduce or eliminate the valsartan API impurity from future products.

Overall, more than two-thirds of all active drug ingredients originate in China and India, industry experts estimate, with China accounting for the lion's share.

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