Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Health Canada Has Issued A Recall For A Life-Saving Medication Because It Contains A Potentially Dangerous Chemical

Health Canada nevertheless recommends that patients continue taking the recalled medicine.
Health Canada Has Issued A Recall For A Life-Saving Medication Because It Contains A Potentially Dangerous Chemical

Health Canada has announced voluntary recalls of valsartan products because of the presence of carcinogens. These products include Losartan and other brand names, and they are administered to treat high blood pressure to prevent strokes and heart attacks.

The products were recalled because they were found to contain traces of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and other similar impurities. NDMA are proven to be probable human carcinogens.

READ ALSO: Canadian Woman Stung By Scorpion During Air Transat Flight

TL;DR Life-saving drugs administered to patients with high blood pressure have been found to contain NDMA, which is classified as carcinogenous to humans when we are exposed to it for long periods of time. It it not the first time that these drugs, fabricated by the  Chinese pharmaceutical company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, have been recalled.

Valsartan is manuactured by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. The active ingredient in valsartan is what has been found to contain NDMA.

This is not the first time that these products have been recalled. Last summer it was discovered that the products from Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals contained NDMAs. It has been several months since the carcinogen was discovered, and little has changed since.

According to Health Canada, "since that time, NDMA and other similar impurities [...] have been found in valsartan or other drugs in the same class as valsartan [...] made by several different manufacturers in different countries and has prompted additional recalls in Canada and worldwide."

You can find a complete list of recalled products here.

@abvpvetsembedded via  

Because the products are only carcinogenous in the long term, Health Canada recommends that patients stay on their medication unless they have been recommended otherwise by their doctor.

More testing will be done to monitor the issue. 


More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.