Dozens of blood pressure medicines have been recalled. The medications, containing an ingredient used to make rocket fuel, are the latest in the recent mass blood pressure drug exodus.
The recent recall that follows months of blood pressure drug recalls may be an ominous sign for modern medicine as the blood pressure and stroke medications are manufactured in China, notorious for its pollution. Two-thirds of the ingredients from the drugs originate in China, whereas the other third comes from India.
These are the blood pressure medications that are most affected by the recall.
The medications most affected by the recall are valsartan, valsartan, and hydrochlorothiazide tablets, and amlodipine and valsartan tablets. The UK reports a recall affecting irbesartan hydrochlorothiazide tablets made by Actavis pharmaceutical company.
ABC7 News reports on the latest recall:
Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc., has issued another voluntary recall of medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure due to the possible presence of a cancer-causing substance in the pills.
The company said 80 lots are affected: two lots of Valsartan tablets, 26 lots of amlodipine and valsartan combination tablets, and 52 lots of valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) combination tablets.
Last year, ScieGen Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Aurobindo Pharma Limited of India had a simultaneous recall for Irbesartan along side due to contamination fears.
The FDA announced that the latest slew of blood pressure medicine recalls was "due to the detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity found in the finished drug product."