FDA urges patients to keep taking contaminated blood pressure drugs

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FDA urges patients to keep taking contaminated blood pressure drugs despite cancer risk, amid global shortage Drugs containing valsartan, losartan and irbesartan are some of the most commonly prescribed medications for high blood pressure Some one in three Americans may need blood pressure medication to avoid heart attack and stroke  Pills from nearly 30 manufacturers were found to contain more of a carcinogen than the FDA deems safe and were recalled  Recalls have led to shortages, so the FDA has temporarily raised its limit on the carcinogen and is urging patients to keep taking contaminated drugs, for now

By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymil.com

Published: 23:25 BST, 4 April 2019 | Updated: 23:25 BST, 4 April 2019

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The US Food and Drug Administration is urging patients to keep taking contaminated blood pressure medication amid shortages of the drugs. 

In July, the FDA began recalling some valsartan blood pressure drugs after discovering they had a chemical impurity that may race cancer risks. 

As the list of contaminated versions of the drugs grew, an alarming number of Americans were left without access to the life-saving medications. 

Now, the FDA has walked back its warnings, advising Americans to keep taking minimally-contaminated blood pressure drugs until manufacturers have had a chance to replenish this supply with impurity free ones. 

Many valsartan-containing blood pressure drugs were recalled for being tainted with a possible carcinogen, leading to a shortage. On Thursday, the FDA said taking the contaminated drugs is safer than taking none

Many valsartan-containing blood pressure drugs were recalled for being tainted with a possible carcinogen, leading to a shortage. On Thursday, the FDA said taking the contaminated drugs is safer than taking none

An estimated one in three Americans may need to take blood pressure medications. 

But since July, a slew of drugs containing valsartan,

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