Dangerous Drugs: Blood Pressure Medication Recalled

July 24, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has alerted health care professionals and patients of a FDA Medical Product Recall for a potentially dangerous drug used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. The voluntary pharmaceutical recall involves several brands that contain the active ingredient valsartan. The dangerous drug recall came on the heels of the news of impurities of NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine), which is classified as a probable human carcinogen. It is important to note that not all medical products containing valsartan distributed in the United States are affected.

The FDA has advised all patients who are taking medicines to treat serious medical conditions to continue taking their medications until they have a replacement product. At this time, the FDA has asked three companies, including Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., to recall their valsartan medical products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now looking into the potential impact that contaminated blood pressure drugs could have on patients that have been taking them all along. The equivalent medical agencies in Europe had announced earlier this year that they were investigating valsartan medications provided by the same China-based supplier.

To determine if a specific product you are taking has been recalled, visit the agency's website of FDA Drug Recall and look for pharmaceutical companies and brands listed. If you aren't certain as to whether your blood pressure medication contains valsartan, you should check with your pharmacy or health care provider immediately. If you are currently taking one of the recalled medicines, you should carefully follow the recall instructions. It is also prudent to contact the doctor who prescribed the medication to discuss your treatment alternatives.

 Under provisions for recovery, a manufacturer or seller of a defective medical product or dangerous device can be held liable for negligently placing that product in the hands of a healthcare provider. Since a defective product case is a strict liability claim, success is not typically dependent upon proving someone's negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured by or permanently damaged due the failure of a pharmaceutical manufacturer or seller to exercise reasonable care or to provide a safe product or service, visit our web page on Medical Product Liability or contact a product liability lawyer at 877-798-7700.

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