Blood pressure meds recalled over contamination concern

Chemical'used in rocket fuel is found in blood pressure pills sparking major recall The Department of Health today endorsed a product registration certificate holder Actavis Hong Kong Limited, to recall one batch (batch num

Chemical'used in rocket fuel is found in blood pressure pills sparking major recall The Department of Health today endorsed a product registration certificate holder Actavis Hong Kong Limited, to recall one batch (batch num

It's starting to sound like a broken record, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of more blood pressure drugs due to the presence of a potentially cancer-causing chemical.

The finished drug product contains known human carcinogen N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), which is an industrial processing byproduct and also used to make liquid rocket fuel.

The drugs are being recalled "due to the detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity found in the finished drug product", according to a press release from the FDA.

'Because of the risk associated with suddenly stopping high blood pressure medication, people are advised not to stop any treatments without consulting their doctor or pharmacist'. To date, Aurobindo Pharma has not received any reports of adverse effects related to the drugs being recalled.

The recall covers a wide range of product SKUs, including 30-count and 90-count bottles of the drug.

A full list of all of the tablets included in the Aurobindo Pharma recall can be found here.

If you're taking Amlodipine Valsartan Tablets, Valsartan HCTZ Tablets, or Valsartan Tablets to treat your blood pressure, don't let this news raise your blood pressure. The product can be identified by checking the product name, manufacturer details and batch or lot number on the bottle containing these products.

He added not every Accord and Dexcel product had been affected and patients should seek the advice of their doctor before they stop taking their medication.

Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc.is notifying its distributors and customers by phone and in writing to immediately discontinue distribution of the specific lots being recalled.

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