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Laboratory analysis of valsartan products

FDA continues to investigate the presence of impurities in valsartan and other angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. FDA has identified the impurities N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) in ARB active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and finished drugs. Medicines with confirmed levels of NDMA or NDEA exceeding the interim acceptable intake limits have been recalled because they pose an unacceptable safety risk to patients.

FDA is posting additional test results in the table below showing NDMA and NDEA levels in recalled valsartan. The analyses reflect average levels of the impurities present in a single tablet based on the strength of the tested medicines within the lots tested, which are identified in the table. The table provides NDMA and NDEA levels and indicates where impurities either were not present or were below the limit of detection (LOD) of our testing method.  Some of the medicines listed below may have been repackaged by other companies as noted in FDA’s list of recalled ARBs.

Based on FDA laboratory testing results and records from manufacturers of the recalled valsartan lots, the impurities may have been present in valsartan-containing finished drug lots for up to four years. FDA based the estimates below on the highest daily dose; however, many people may have taken lower doses, and therefore, their risks would theoretically be less. FDA expects the actual cancer risk to most consumers to be lower than our estimate. For reference, consuming up to 0.096 micrograms of NDMA or 0.0265 micrograms of NDEA per day is considered reasonably safe for human ingestion based on lifetime exposure.

FDA estimated that if 8,000 people took the highest valsartan dose (320 mg) containing NDMA from the recalled batches daily for four years, there may be one additional case of cancer over the lifetimes of the 8,000 people.

FDA scientists estimate that if 18,000 people took valsartan at the highest dose (320 mg) containing NDEA from recalled batches daily for four years, there may be one additional case of cancer over the lifetime of these 18,000 people. NDEA has a marginally lower cancer risk estimate than NDMA because NDEA levels were lower than levels of NDMA in drug samples.

Company Product (tablets) Lots Tested NDMA level (micrograms -mcg/tablet)  NDEA level (micrograms -mcg/tablet) 
Aurobindo Pharma Ltd Amlodipine 10mg/Valsartan 320 mg VKSA18005-A, VKSA18007-A, VKSA18001-A Below LOD 0.02-0.09
Aurobindo Pharma Ltd Valsartan 320mg VUSD17008-A, VUSD17001-A, VUSD17009-A Below LOD 0-0.05
Aurobindo Pharma Ltd Valsartan 320mg/HCT 25mg HTSB18001-A, HTSB18028-A, HTSB18029-A Below LOD 0.02-0.19
Hetero Labs Ltd Valsartan 320mg VLS18049, VLS18051, VLS18050 0.33-0.44 Below LOD
Mylan Pharmaceutical Inc. Amlodipine 10mg/Valsartan 320 mg 3079709, 3077618, 3079708 Below LOD 0.04-0.11
Mylan Pharmaceutical Inc. Amlodipine 10mg/Valsartan 320 mg/HCT 25mg 2008702 Below LOD 0.05
Mylan Pharmaceutical Inc. Valsartan 320mg 3080009, 3080010, 3079205 Below LOD 0.07-0.16
Mylan Pharmaceutical Inc. Valsartan 320mg/HCT 25mg 3084886, 3093804, 3084862 Below LOD 0.20-0.38
Prinston Pharmaceutical Valsartan 320mg 344B18027, 344B18028, 344B18029 15.18-16.30 Below LOD
Prinston Pharmaceutical Valsartan 320mg/HCTZ 25mg 611B18025, 611B18026, 611B18027 13.18-20.19 Below LOD
Teva Pharmaceutical Amlodipine 10mg/Valsartan 320 mg 26X053, 26X054, 26X055, 26X051, 26X044, 26X048 Below LOD 0-0.03
Teva Pharmaceutical Amlodipine 10mg/Valsartan 320 mg/HCT 25mg 22X045, 22X046, 22X047, 22X038, 22X041 Below LOD 0-0.03
Teva Pharmaceuticals Valsartan 320mg 1240425A, 1247282M 7.92-16.55 Below LOD
Teva Pharmaceuticals Valsartan 320mg/HCTZ 25mg 1217576M, 1217577M, 1217578M 6.94-10.35 0-0.77
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Amlodipine 10mg/Valsartan 320 mg/HCTZ 25mg BBX2E001, BBX2E002, BBX2E003 10.24-11.53 Below LOD
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Valsartan 320mg BV48D001, BV48D002 0.56-0.62 1.12-1.22
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Valsartan 160mg BV47D001 0.45 1.31
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