FDA Recalls Several Drugs Containing Valsartan
July 18, 2018
Earlier this week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a voluntary recall of several medications that contain the active ingredient valsartan, which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, due to an impurity in the ingredient. Not all generic pharmaceuticals containing valsartan and distributed in the U.S. have been recalled. The FDA recommends patients should continue taking their current medication until they have a replacement medicine.
Dr. Jay R. Zdunek, ARC Chief Medical Officer, recommends that if you take a medication for high blood pressure or heart failure, contact your pharmacy to determine if your medication is part of the recall, and if so, the pharmacy can provide an alternative valsartan. If the pharmacy cannot provide an alternative, then the pharmacy should contact your provider for a substitution. Many substitutions exist in generic form and your provider can prescribe one and discuss your ongoing treatment options.