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Health Canada issues recall for several blood pressure medications

Health Canada has announced that drug manufacturers are recalling several medications.

The drugs being recalled are used to treat patients with high blood pressure to prevent heart attacks and stroke, and also for patients who have had heart failure or a recent heart attack.

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An impurity has been found in the ingredient valsartan, which is present in all recalled medications, the impurity is a potential carcinogen that could cause liver damage and cancer over the long-term.

There has also been a recall made by the European Medicines Agency for the same medications across Europe.

Health Canada advises consumers to keep taking their valsartan-containing medicine, but to check with their pharmacist to see whether their medication is being recalled:

  • TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS PP 30s
  • TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS (Bulk)
  • ACT-VALSARTAN 40MG FC TABLETS 100
  • ACT-VALSARTAN 80MG FC TABLETS 100
  • ACT-VALSARTAN 160MG FC TABLETS 100
  • SANDOZ VALSARTAN 40 MG
  • SANDOZ VALSARTAN 80 MG
  • SANDOZ VALSARTAN 160 MG
  • SANDOZ VALSARTAN 320 MG
  • SANIS VALSARTAN 40 MG
  • SANIS VALSARTAN 80 MG
  • SANIS VALSARTAN 160 MG
  • PRO DOC LIMITEE VALSARTAN 40 MG
  • PRO DOC LIMITEE VALSARTAN 80 MG
  • PRO DOC LIMITEE VALSARTAN 160 MG
  • PRO DOC LIMITEE VALSARTAN 320 MG
  • SIVEM PHARMACEUTICAL ULC VALSARTAN 40 MG
  • SIVEM PHARMACEUTICAL ULC VALSARTAN 80 MG
  • SIVEM PHARMACEUTICAL ULC VALSARTAN 160 MG
  • SIVEM PHARMACEUTICAL ULC VALSARTAN 320 MG

For a complete list including drug identification and lot numbers, click here to visit Health Canada's website.



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