(CNN) – The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded the list of recalled medicines containing valsartan. The drug is used as a component in a set of medicines used to treat heart failure and blood pressure.
New in the list are some Valsartan products, manufactured by Hetero Labs Ltd. in India, which are labeled as Camber Pharmaceuticals Inc. test The results show that some of the products could be spoiled.
The FDA announced a valsartan recall in July after laboratory tests showed that some medicines might be associated with a higher risk substance. The drug was recalled in 22 other countries. The extended recall includes some medications that contain valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide. Not All Medicinal Products Containing Valsartan Affected
N-Nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA, the contaminant that found the laboratory tests is considered by the US Environmental Protection Agency to be a potential carcinogen. It is an organic chemical used to make liquid rocket fuel and it can be inadvertently introduced by certain chemical reactions. It is a byproduct of the production of some pesticides and fish processing.
The drugs that are now part of this expanded list in recall are tablets sold by AvKare, AS Medication Solutions LLC, Bryant Ranch Prepack Inc, Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc, HJ Harkins Company, Northwind Pharmaceuticals, NuCare Pharmaceuticals Inc., Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. (referred to as Solco Healthcare LLC), Proficient Rx LP, Remedy Repack, Teva Pharmaceuticals (referred to as Major Pharmaceuticals), Teva Pharmaceuticals USA (referred to as Actavis).
The FDA also published a list of valsartan products that are not currently being recalled. Only the drugs suspected of being stained with NDMA are on the recall list. If you take a Valsartan drug, look for the company name on your prescription bottle. If the information is not on the label, you can call your pharmacy for these details.
The recalled drug is linked to a manufacturer in China. The substances were supplied by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals of Linhai, China, who notified the authorities as soon as it had identified the contamination.
"We released our recall notice at noon on July 1
The FDA said on its website that it is working with drug manufacturers "to ensure that future pharmaceutical valsartan drugs are not compromised."
If you are concerned about your medication being on the recall list, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before changing any routine with your medicine. Since not all Valsartan medicines are involved in the recall, they may be able to switch to a version of the drug that was manufactured by another company.
If you know your medicine is on the recall list, the FDA suggests that you continue to take it until a doctor or pharmacist delivers a replacement
To understand what a drug that is spoiled might mean, FDA Scientists say that if 8,000 people take the highest dose of valsartan (320 milligrams) every day from the recalled batches for four every day. There may be another case of cancer in recent years.
"The key to this is that patients should not stop taking their medication abruptly, which can definitely be harmful." Mary Ann Bauman, representative of the American Heart Association said in July. "You do not want to make any conclusions about this medicine or any medications, so be sure to talk to your doctor first."