'Valsartan' hypertension meds not for use in Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): 'Valsartan' hypertension medicines, which have been recalled in Britain, are not available in Malaysia, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic).

The drug has been withdrawn from the market in Britain.

Dr Noor Hisham, who is also the Drug Control Authority (DCA) chairman, said checks with the registration list of the National Pharmacy Regulatory Division (NPRA) found that the products from the product registration holders were not registered with the DCA.

"These products are not available in the (local) market and cannot be used in this country," he said in a statement on Saturday (July 4).

It was reported that the recall in Britain followed an urgent investigation into medicines containing Valsartan, used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions. – Bernama

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