Valsartan Link to Cancer Leads to Recall

Posted on May 16, 2019 in General Tips and News


FDA Issues Recall: Could Your Blood Pressure Medication Cause Cancer?

High blood pressure is a common condition. It is estimated about one out of three American adults have high blood pressure. High blood pressure can be a dangerous condition. Furthermore, high blood pressure increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Therefore, it’s not surprising that there are many medications on the market to help treat high blood pressure. Unfortunately, dozens of medications that are commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure have been recalled. Investigators discovered some of these medications could potentially contain known carcinogens. These commonly prescribed medications include Valsartan, Irbesartan, and Losartan. Several lots of medications containing Valsartan, Losartan, and Irbesartan have been recalled by the FDA. A list of medications that are contaminated free the list can be found here.

What blood pressure medications are being recalled?

Valsartan – This year alone many lots of valsartan medication have been recalled by the FDA. In fact, there is a website listing specifically which lots of valsartan have been recalled.

Losartan – The FDA announced a voluntary recall of losartan medications starting last year. Over the past year, many lots of losartan tablets have been added to the recall list. You can see the full list here.

Irbesartan– Additionally, the FDA also announced a voluntary recall of irbesartan tablets. These are not listed on the FDA’s website as of yet however, there is a list of affected products. The recall involves tablets that were created in China.

Why are these medications being recalled?

Certain lots of these medications may contain potential cancer-causing chemicals NMBA and NDEA. The amount of NMBA and NDEA found in these drugs exceeds acceptable levels. These contaminations may have been present in these medications for up to four years. Additionally, the drugs being recalled all share manufacturing origins in India and China. In order to learn more about how the drugs came to be contaminated, the FDA will continue investigating.

If I’m Currently Prescribed Medicine on the Recall List what should I Do?

If you are currently prescribed and taking a medication affected by the recall, do not stop taking your medication. Instead, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away. They will be able to help you find an alternative. If you or a family member has contracted cancer while prescribed these medications, contact the team at Wettermark Keith. We will offer you a confidential free case evaluation.