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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

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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,...
Volkswagen will recall 75,000 cars over seatbelt fault

Volkswagen will recall 75,000 cars over seatbelt fault

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Volkswagen will recall about 75,000 of its VW Polo and Seat Ibiza and Arona cars after a seatbelt fault was exposed by a Finnish car magazine test drive.A new fix would be offered to affected UK owners from Monday, VW said.The test drive in Finland showed that when three passengers were in the back seats and the car turned sharply, the centre-rear seatbelt failed.VW said the tests were under "exceptional" conditions and had not been replicated or reported elsewhere.However, consumer group Which questioned why Volkswagen had sold close to 55,000 additional cars with a "potentially lethal fault" since the problem was first identified in May.An earlier cable tie solution and an "informal recall" were rejected by regulators.Alex Neil...
Here Are the Symptoms of Salmonella–and Everything Else You Need to Know About the Cereal Recall

Here Are the Symptoms of Salmonella–and Everything Else You Need to Know About the Cereal Recall

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A total of 130 people have now fallen ill from a salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in June. While no deaths have been reported, 34 people have been hospitalized with salmonellosis, the name for the infection from the bacteria. Just a month before the recall, 35 cases of salmonellosis and 11 hospitalizations were reported in a salmonella outbreak tied to eggs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning people not to eat any Honey Smacks and for retailers to stop selling the cereal. Similarly in May, the CDC warned consumers not to eat any eggs coming from Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County facility in North Carolina. Here’s what you need to know about salmonella to stay s...
FDA expands recall of common heart medication Valsartan

FDA expands recall of common heart medication Valsartan

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expanding a recall of a common heart medication because it may contain a cancer-causing chemical. Valsartan (brand name Diovan), which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, can be used alone or as a component of other heart medications. Last month, the FDA issued a voluntary recall of certain batches of the drug, but has since expanded its recall two additional times to include more valasartan-containing products. “We have carefully assessed the valsartan-containing medications sold in the United States, and we’ve found that the valsartan sold by these specific companies does not meet our safety standards,” says Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. &ld...