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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of several drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan, used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.
This recall is due to an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which was found in the recalled products. However, not all products containing valsartan are being recalled.
NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen -- a substance that could cause cancer -- based on results from laboratory tests. The presence of NDMA is thought to be related to changes in the way the active substance was manufactured. The medication in question was made by 2 companies, Princeton PharmaceuticalsInc., and Major Pharmaceuticals. Patients on these medications are urged to make an appointment so that we can change your medication. Current FDA recommendations:
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