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Blood pressure medication recall: What you need to know

Blood pressure medication recall: What you need to know

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The Food and Drug Administration just announced a recall of Valsartan, a potentially life-saving blood pressure medication, after the discovery of a cancer-causing contaminant found in some batches. This is the third recall for this type of medication in 2018. Teva Pharmaceuticals has recalled amlodipine/Valsartan and amlodipine/Valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets, medications that are commonly used to treat high blood pressure. The recall began after high levels of an active ingredient in Valsartan, N-nitroso-diethylamine (NDEA), was found in tablets produced in India. NDEA is a naturally occurring chemical in some foods, and can be found in drinking water, air pollution and industrial processes, but it’s also classified as a human carcinogen, meaning it may cause...
2 high blood pressure medications added to recall of heart drug

2 high blood pressure medications added to recall of heart drug

Health
A Food and Drug Administration recall of a heart medication due to a cancer-causing chemical now includes two blood pressure medications. Teva Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall of its amlodipine/valsartan combination tablets and amlodipine/valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets, both used to treat high blood pressure, according to the FDA. The FDA announced the recall on its website Tuesday. The move is due to the detection of a probable human carcinogen known as NDEA, which has been found in valsartan API, the FDA said. Valsartan API is an active pharmaceutical ingredient made by Mylan India, according to the FDA. “This chemical is typically found in very small amounts in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and certain industrial processes,...
Blood pressure drug Irbesartan recalled over potentially cancerous impurity

Blood pressure drug Irbesartan recalled over potentially cancerous impurity

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Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A pharmaceutical company is recalling a blood pressure medication because it could contain an impurity scientists believe could cause cancer. ScieGen Pharmaceuticals announced the recall this week for Irbesartan tablets in 75 mg, 150 mg and 300 mg doses. The company said trace amounts of N-Nitrosodiethylamine, or NDEA, was discovered in the active pharmaceutical ingredient. Some Irbesartan tablets made by ScieGen labeled under Westminster Pharmaceuticals and Golden State Medical Supply are impacted by the voluntary recall. "This impurity, which is a substance that occurs naturally in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and industrial processes, has been classified as a 'probable human carcinogen as per International Agency for Research on Cancer,'" the company st...
Rush: 'My blood ran cold' over newspaper claims

Rush: 'My blood ran cold' over newspaper claims

Entertainment
Geoffrey Rush has told a judge his "blood ran cold" after seeing a newspaper's publication of allegations he had behaved inappropriately toward a female co-star. The Oscar-winning actor, who denies the claims, is suing the publishers of Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper and its journalist Jonathon Moran for defamation over articles published last year.He faced reporters and photographers as he entered Sydney's Federal Court for the start of the trial on Monday.The journalists are pleading truth in their defence.Documents presented in court say the allegations concern Rush's behaviour toward Eryn Jean Norvill during a Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear in 2015 and 2016. Image: Rush says the newspaper's articles &...
Man determined to walk again after blood infection from dog

Man determined to walk again after blood infection from dog

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A Wisconsin man who lost his hands, feet and parts of his arms and legs to a rare blood infection transmitted by dog saliva was praised by his doctors Tuesday for his positive outlook and determination to walk again with prosthetics. Greg Manteufel, 48, was discharged two weeks ago from the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Since late June, he has undergone at least 10 surgeries during which surgeons amputated parts of each of his limbs because circulation to his extremities shut down due to the infection. "Through all of this, the real star of the show is Greg. He's had the most positive attitude of any patient I have ever met and he's approached this with a fight that I don't think I've seen in any patient," Dr. Patrick Hettinger, a plastic surgeon, said during...