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Health Canada has recalled eight extra blood strain medicines that comprise the ingredient valsartan, resulting from doable impurities linked to an elevated threat of most cancers.

Health Canada introduced the expanded recall on Sunday, after testing recognized traces of the impurity in merchandise from Teva Canada. Teva is among the many high 5 Canadian pharmaceutical firms in annual gross sales.

Valsartan is used to deal with sufferers with blood strain points, in addition to those that have lately suffered a coronary heart assault or coronary heart failure.


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The affected treatment might comprise traces of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a “probable human carcinogen” that might improve the danger of most cancers by way of long-term publicity above acceptable ranges, Health Canada says.

Anyone who takes valsartan is inspired to proceed doing so, except instructed in any other case by a health-care supplier, Health Canada says. Individuals utilizing a recalled product are urged to get in contact with their physician to debate remedy choices, as there are nonetheless plenty of valsartan merchandise not affected by the recall.


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The recalled medicine have been provided by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, a Chinese firm that ships valsartan to greater than a dozen international locations.

Health Canada says the impurities have been possible launched when the manufacturing course of was modified in 2012, though some Canadian firms might have been utilizing the affected merchandise for much less time.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded its personal recall of valsartan medicine earlier this month to incorporate merchandise made at a facility in India. The FDA mentioned the Indian facility was producing valsartan “using a process similar to Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals.”

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Officials at Health Canada say they’ve been in contact will all Canadian valsartan suppliers, and that a number of merchandise stay unaffected by the impurity problem.

A full listing of unaffected merchandise might be discovered on Health Canada’s web site.

The newly-recalled Teva Canada medicine are listed under. For a full listing of recalled valsartan medicines, go to Health Canada’s web site:

  • TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS 80/12.5 MG, DIN 02356996, LOT 35211136A
  • TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS 160/12.5 MG, DIN 02357003, LOT 35211335A
  • TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS 160/25 MG, DIN 02357003, 35211844R
  • TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS 160/25 MG, DIN 02357011, 35210937R
  • TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS 160/25 MG, DIN 02357011, LOT 35210938R
  • TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS 160/25 MG, DIN 02357011, LOT 35210939R
  • TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS 160/25 MG, DIN 02357011, LOT 35210940R
  • TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS 320/12.5 MG, DIN 02357038, LOT 35211546R

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