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Medication Safety Alerts

Valsartan Tablets Voluntary recall

July 13, 2018

For the most current information from FDA, please visit FDA’s website at: www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/ucm613916.htm

Beginning on July 13, 2018, FDA alerted health care professionals and patients of voluntary recalls of several drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan, used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. These recalls involved several drug manufacturers.

These recalls have been issued because an unexpected impurity was found in these products that may cause health risks.

This may represent a potential health hazard or safety risk to plan members who may be using product affected by this recall.

A complete list of the affected products is availablehere:

Please note: Because valsartan is used in medicines to treat serious medical conditions, the FDA recommends that members should not stop their medicine until they receive replacement product or a different medicine to treat their condition. Please call your doctor right away for advice if you may be using affected product. Your doctor is familiar with your medical history and can suggest the best treatment option for you. If you need a prescription for a different medicine, please contact your doctor.

CVS Caremark Response: If you are currently taking valsartan tablets that have been recalled and you received this medicine from a CVS Caremark Mail Service pharmacy, please call the number on the back of your prescription ID card. We can request a new alternative medication from your doctor and send a postage-paid envelope to return the affected product. If you received recalled product from another pharmacy, please contact that pharmacy.

If you are currently taking valsartan tablets and have questions regarding this recall, please call your doctor or call the FDA consumer inquiry line toll-free at 1‑888‑INFO‑FDA (1‑888‑463‑6332) or visit https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm613916.htm

For contact information for the drug manufacturers involved, please see below:

AvKareCall 1-855-361-3993 or email: DrugSafety@avkare.com
Camber’s Medical LineCall 1-866-495-1995 or email micc_camber@vigilarebp.com
Major PharmaceuticalsCall 1-800-616-2471
Solco HealthcareCall 1-888-679-5120
Teva/ActavisCall 1-888-838-2872 or email: druginfo@tevapharm.com
Torrent PharmaceuticalsCall 1-800-912-9561 or email: Medinfo.Torrent@apcerls.com
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