The drugs being recalled are used to treat patients with high blood pressure to prevent heart attacks and stroke.
An impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine, was found in the valsartan used in these medications, supplied by a Chinese company, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, this substance is a potential carcinogen that could cause cancer and liver damage over the long-term.
Here’s a list of the affected medications, provided by Health Canada. For a complete list including drug identification and lot numbers, visit their website:
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