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Recall on blood pressure medications expanded to include all lots due to cancer concern

Howard Cohen, Miami Herald on

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A week after two more blood pressure drugs were recalled because they have a possible cancer-causing ingredient, the U.S. based Mylan Pharmaceuticals expanded its consumer-level voluntary nationwide recall to include all lots of Valsartan-containing products within dates of expiration.

Some of the batches aren't due to expire until August 2020.

--The 104 additional lots include 26 lots of Amlodipine and Valsartan tablets, USP (including the 5mg/160mg, 10mg/160mg, 5mg/320mg and 10mg/320mg strengths).

--Also: 51 lots of Valsartan tablets, USP (including 40 mg, 80 mg, 160 mg and 320 mg strengths), and 27 lots of Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide tablets, USP (80mg/12.5mg, 160mg/12.5mg, 160mg/25mg, 320mg/12.5mg and 320mg/25mg strengths).

"Out of an abundance of caution, these products are being recalled due to detected trace amounts of an impurity, N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) contained in the API Valsartan, USP, manufactured by Mylan Laboratories Limited," the Food and Drug Administration posted Tuesday.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, NDEA is a substance that occurs naturally in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and industrial processes. NDEA has been classified as a "probable human carcinogen" according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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The finished products are manufactured by Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Mylan Laboratories Limited. These batches were distributed domestically between March 2017 and November 2018.

The full list of expanded recalled batches can be viewed at https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm627647.htm.

Late last month, Teva Pharmaceuticals pulled all lots of Amlodipine/Valsartan and Amlodipine/Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets for the same reason: too much NDEA in its Valsartan, the active ingredient made by Mylan India.

In November, Mylan also recalled 15 heart attack and blood pressure medications and Sandoz recalled Losartan blood pressure meds.

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