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Because of this, it took nearly 30 years for experts to realize that these drugs can cause cancer



Many people were worried about the recent recall of several medications.

The Food and Drug Administration said one of the youngest could put you at risk for getting cancer.

It is a high blood pressure medication that is being recalled by pharmacists across the country.

Alive's Ron Jones explains why the government took almost three decades to discover the danger.

Sharon Kroll, Pharmacist at Concord Pharmacy, has been in business for 35 years. She said that if you have a certain type of generic high blood pressure medication, you may be at risk of developing cancer.

"The more people are admitted, the higher the likelihood that they will get cancer," she said.

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If you take valsartan, the FDA said some generic brand batches may be contaminated with a potentially carcinogenic chemical.

"This is a drug that's been around for 30 years, and since then it's been approved and it's just coming out."

Kroll said tests and investigations are the reason why this news is now being published.

Here are some of the companies that recall products:

  • Major Pharmaceuticals: Valsartan
  • Solco Healthcare: Valsartan and Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.: Valsartan and Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ )

"The long-term risks are unknown," said Kroll. However, she said that you should have a replacement.

"They do not want to stop it immediately because they run the risk of their blood pressure rising and getting a stroke."

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