Online Pharmacy Informs the FDA of the Presence of a Known Carcinogen in Certain Blood Pressure Medications
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – As reported online by www.cardiovascularbusiness.com, online pharmacy Valisure recently discovered a fourth carcinogen, N,N-Dimethylformamide (DMF), has been found in certain blood pressure medications that have already been linked to the presence of other known carcinogens.
Valisure, an online pharmacy, recently wrote a letter to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informing the regulatory agency that it found certain blood pressure medications to contain N,N-Dimethylformamide (DMF), a known carcinogen, which is the fourth known carcinogen that has been found in blood pressure medications over the past year. The specific drug found to be contaminated with DMF is Valsartan, which has been the subject of multiple safety concerns. Valsartan is a common and popular blood pressure medication.
Valisure performed in-house testing that revealed “dangerously elevated levels” of DMF, citing serious safety concerns for doctors and patients. DMF was found in certain lots of Valsartan. As such, it is unknown whether DMF is present in other lots not tested by Valisure, or whether DMF is present in other, similar blood pressure medications. It is also unknown whether other pharmacies undergo similar in-house testing to determine whether any medication is contaminated with known carcinogens.
Valisure is urging the FDA to recall the specific lots of Valsartan that contain DMF and are manufactured and distributed by multiple pharmaceutical companies including, among others, Novartis. Valisure has taken the position that it will not sell the affected lots of Valsartan to patients. At this time, the FDA has not issued a recall of specific lots of Valsartan, and it is unknown whether the FDA intends to do so.
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