Heart Meds Recalled In UK, EU, For Possible Cancer Link

Heart Meds Recalled In UK, EU, For Possible Cancer Link

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said that the medicines were made by Israeli-based Dexcel Pharma Ltd. and Accord Healthcare and are used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions.

Health authorities in the United Kingdom on Thursday urged pharmacies to yank heart medicines containing valsartan, which are being recalled in Europe after it came to light that they may have been tainted with a carcinogen at a Chinese factory. It is also sometimes prescribed after a heart attack.

Sam Atkinson, MHRA's director of the Inspection, Enforcement and Standards Division, said: "People taking valsartan medication affected by this recall are advised to not stop taking their medication, but to speak to their doctor or healthcare professional who can advise on alternative treatment".

"In the last few hours the EMA sent a notification regarding a potential unexpected impurity found in the active pharmaceutical ingredient manufactured in China, and which is used in the manufacture of some Valsartan products", read the statement.

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"We will communicate the outcome of our investigations and ensure that any other affected products are recalled". The review was triggered after the company detected an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a substance classified as "probable cancerogen".

According to Dr Lorraine Nolan, Chief Executive, HPRA, this is an emerging situation being managed in real time by the HPRA working with the European network of medicine regulators in order to determine the extent of the issue.

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) said batches are being recalled as a "precautionary measure" in an alert published on its website. "Laboratory testing and risk assessments will provide more information as part of this co-ordinated European approach to establish the possible impact on patients who have been taking these medicines and to ascertain if other products may be impacted".

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