Meds used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions have been recalled

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority has recalled high blood pressure and heart pills, which it believes contains a controversial carcinogenic ingredient.

It's understood that Dynaval contains trace amounts of an impurity - N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) a chemical known to cause liver and lung cancer.

Chairperson of the regulator, Prof Helen Rees joined Joanne Joseph on the Afternoon Drive to share details on the recall.

At the moment it is thought that the product might have been introduced from a change in the way that the valasartan was manufactured. We must emphasise that it is in one manufacturing site in China.

Prof Helen Rees, Chairperson of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority

All of the affected product are going to be recalled. Other products that have the same content that are not affected because they came from a different manufacturing plant, those do not have to be recalled and are not the ones we need to be worried about.

Prof Helen Rees, Chairperson of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority

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