Imprtant Alert: Hypertension Drug Recalled by NAFDAC Due to Cancer Causing Chemical

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on the 10th of July 2018, announced a recall of Valsartan, the anti-hypertensive drug in the Angiotensin receptor blocker class. This was following notification from the UK medicines regulator, MHRA, of the potential contamination of Valsartan tablets manufactured by Accord Healthcare previously known as Actavis Group PTC EHF.

The recall affects all batches and are being recalled from pharmacies as a precautionary measure in Europe. NAFDAC has issued a similar recall notice in Nigeria. Their press release indicates that:

‘all importers, wholesalers and retailers are to immediately stop the importation, distribution and sale of these products. Anybody in possession of these products are to submit them to the nearest NAFDAC office.

Healthcare providers should stop the administration of these products to patients and submit any quantity in their possession to the nearest NAFDAC office’.

The recall is reportedly due to possible contamination with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) which has genotoxic and carcinogenic potentials. The contamination is as a result of change in the manufacturing process of the active substance (valsartan) manufactured in China.

The details of the affected products are as follows:

Product Name Marketing Authorization Holder Product License
Valsartan 40mg capsules, hard Dexcel Pharm Limited PL 14017/0192
Valsartan 80mg capsules, hard Dexcel Pharm Limited PL 14017/0193
Valsartan 160mg capsules, hard Dexcel Pharm Limited PL 14017/0194
Valsartan 40mg film-coated tablets Actavis Group PTC EHF PL 30306/0109
Valsartan 80mg film-coated tablets Actavis Group PTC EHF PL 30306/0110
Valsartan 160mg film-coated tablets Actavis Group PTC EHF PL 30306/0111
Valsartan 320mg film-coated tablets Actavis Group PTC EHF PL 30306/0405


See the notice on NAFDAC’s website

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