Are Other ‘Sartans’ Being Recalled?
Valsartan falls under a class of medication called angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARBs).
Other drugs in this class are:
The names refer to the active ingredient in the medication, so you may be more familiar with the brand names.
For example, losartan is most commonly sold under the name Cozaar.
Neither losartan nor any other ARBs are affected by the valsartan recall.
The recall is related to the production of valsartan from one specific manufacturer. It is due to a contamination being detected and not because valsartan itself was found to be unsafe.
So, while valsartan shares many characteristics with other ARBs, such as losartan, the recall does not concern any other drug.
Valsartan produced by other manufacturers is also not affected. That is why each national authority of countries recalling valsartan has issued a list of specific products that are affected.
Why is Valsartan Being Recalled?
Earlier this month, valsartan produced by a Chinese pharmaceutical firm was found to be contaminated with a probable carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer).
Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals voluntarily informed the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that the impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), had been detected in the manufacturing process.
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