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Blood Pressure Meds Recalled for Third Time In a Week


American Health Packaging has recalled one lot of Valsartan Tablets, USP, 160mg. The pills come in 100-count blisters with a lot number of 17971 and a March 2020 expiration date.

The medication’s manufacturer, Aurobindo Pharma USA, initiated the first recall of Valsartan in December 2018. The company later expanded the recall in March.

Growing Number of Valsartan Recalls

Recalls on blood pressure medications have been frequent. According to WUSA9, there have been three recalls on blood pressure medications within the last week and five within the last two weeks. There have been a total of 21 recalls since July 2018. In that time, the affected blood pressure meds have been found to contain traces of NDEA, N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid (NMBA), and N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

The chemicals are thought to be impurities capable of increasing cancer risk in patients who take the blood pressure meds on a regular basis.

FDA Offers Explanation

In an attempt to explain the possible reasons for contamination, the FDA claims that it might just be a consequence of specific chemical reactions during the manufacturing process.

As with previous recalls of blood pressure medication, the FDA recommends that patients continue to take the affected meds while consulting with a pharmacist and health care provider to find a proper alternative.

Other Companies Included in the Valsartan Recall

The following companies are affected by the Valsartan recall:

  • Prinston Pharmacutical Inc.
  • Major Pharmaceuticals
  • Solco Healthcare
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • A-S Medication Solutions (Repackaging company – takes bulk product and repackages into ready-to-use unit doses)
  • AvKARE (Repackaging company)
  • RemedyRepack (Repackaging company)
  • Bryant Ranch Prepack Inc (Repackaging company)
  • J. Harkins Company Inc. (Repackaging company)
  • Lake Erie Medical, doing business as Quality Care Products LLC (Repackaging company)
  • NuCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Repackaging company)
  • Northwind Pharmaceuticals (Repackaging company)
  • Proficient Rx (Repackaging company)

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