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HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, heatherlynevanson@nationnews.com

Added 11 January 2019

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Dr Adrian Lorde (FILE)

A medical practitioner is urging patients suffering from high blood pressure to continue taking their Valsartan and Indapamide until they can get them exchanged at pharmacies.

The advice comes from Dr Adrian Lorde days after the Ministry of Health and Wellness announced it was recalling Indapamide 1.5mg and Valsartan 160mg and 320mg, manufactured by Ciron Drugs and Pharmaceuticals PVT Ltd, from local shelves.

Valsartan and Indapamide, issued by the Barbados Drug Formulary, were recalled after tests found they did not easily dissolve in the stomach.

Last month, the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled Valsartan, Amlodipine-Valsartan and Valsartan hydrochlorothiazide tablets on December 31, after the FDA discovered that medication contained an impurity believed to be carcinogenic.

But Lorde said the timing of both recalls was coincidental and had nothing to do with each other. He said it was the local/regional testing body that discovered that the Valsartan available here was not dissolving as it should. The Valsartan recalled in the United States was not available in Barbados. (HLE)

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