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Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Valsartan and Valsartan HCTZ Tablets Due to Detection of a Trace Amount of Unexpected Impurity, N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in The Products

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Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Valsartan and Valsartan HCTZ Tablets Due to Detection of a Trace Amount of Unexpected Impurity, N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in The Products

Summary

Company Announcement Date:
July 17, 2018
FDA Publish Date:
July 18, 2018
Product Type:
Drugs
Reason for Announcement:
Company Name:
Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. dba Solco Healthcare LLC
Brand Name:
Brand Name(s)
Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. dba Solco Healthcare LLC
Product Description:
Product Description
Valsartan Tablets, 40 mg, 80mg, 160mg, and 320mg; and Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, 80mg/12.5mg, 160mg/12.5mg, 160mg/25mg, 320mg/12.5mg, and 320mg/25mg

Company Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY - Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc., dba Solco Healthcare LLC., is voluntarily recalling all lots of Valsartan Tablets, 40 mg, 80mg, 160mg, and 320mg; and Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, 80mg/12.5mg, 160mg/12.5mg, 160mg/25mg, 320mg/12.5mg, and 320mg/25mg to the consumer level. This product recall is due to the detection of a trace amount of an unexpected impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), in an active pharmaceutical ingredient by the manufacturer – Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. -- in the manufacture of the subject product lots. This impurity has been classified as a probable human carcinogen as per International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classification. However, at present Prinston is unaware of any evidence that NDMA has resulted in any harm to patients taking the drugs subject to this recall. To date, Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

The products are indicated for the treatment of hypertension.

Consumers and Patients should contact their pharmacist or physician who can advise them about an alternative treatment prior to returning their medication. Patients who are on valsartan should continue taking their medication, as the risk of harm to a patient's health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

Product NDC Code Lot Number Expiry Dates Distribution Date
VALSARTAN TABLETS 40MG 30CT 43547-367-03 All lots From Jul 18 to Jan 20 Oct 2015 – Jun 2018
VALSARTAN TABLETS 80MG 90CT 43547-368-09 All lots From Jul 18 to Jan 20 Oct 2015 – Jun 2018
VALSARTAN TABLETS 160MG 90CT 43547-369-09 All lots From Jul 18 to Jan 20 Oct 2015 – Jun 2018
VALSARTAN TABLETS 320MG 90CT 43547-370-09 All lots From Jul 18 to Jan 20 Oct 2015 – Jun 2018
VALSARTAN/HCTZ 80MG/12.5MG 90CT TABLETS 43547-311-09 All lots From Jul 18 to Jan 20 Jun 2016 – Jun 2018
VALSARTAN/HCTZ 160MG/12.5MG 90CT TABLETS 43547-312-09 All lots From Jul 18 to Jan 20 Jun 2016 – Jun 2018
VALSARTAN/HCTZ 160MG/25MG 90CT TABLETS 43547-313-09 All lots From Jul 18 to Jan 20 Jun 2016 – Jun 2018
VALSARTAN/HCTZ 320MG/12.5MG 90CT TABLETS 43547-314-09 All lots From Jul 18 to Jan 20 Jun 2016 – Jun 2018
VALSARTAN/HCTZ 320MG/25MG 90CT TABLETS 43547-315-09 All lots From Jul 18 to Jan 20 Jun 2016 – Jun 2018
 

The lot number and expiry date information can be found on the manufacturer's unit (see photographs below of packaged product bottle labels).

Retail pharmacies in possession of any unused products: Valsartan Tablets, 40 mg, 80mg, 160mg, and 320mg; and Valsartan-HCTZ Tablets, 80mg/12.5mg, 160mg/12.5mg, 160mg/25mg, 320mg/12.5mg, and 320mg/25mg, within expiry dates from Jul 2018 to Jan 2020 should immediately return the product by following the instructions below:

  • Pharmacists and wholesalers are asked to check their inventories, segregate any impacted inventory.
  • Immediate discontinue use and distribution of the identified lot numbers. A credit memo will be issued covering the quantity of your product returned.
  • Return products to: 

    DLSS (Dohmen Life Science Services)
    Attn: Returns Department
    4580 S. Mendenhall, Memphis, TN 38141

Note: A call tag, a pre-printed, pre-paid return label will be provided to you for product return; return is free of charge. For call tag, please contact Solco Customer Service at 1-866-931-9829, Option 5, Monday through Friday (9am to 5pm EST). Wholesalers: No call is necessary, just send debit memo via email or fax to: customerservice@solcohealthcare.com; fax 1-866-931-0709.

Solco is notifying its distributors and customers by letter and email and is arranging for return of all recalled products. Pharmacies and wholesalers that received the impacted products will receive a letter as well as a copy of this press release with their recall notification information. Additional information regarding this recall's affected product lots and expiry dates can be found at http://www.solcohealthcare.com/uploads/news/ValsartanHCTZRecallAffactedLots.pdf or to download at http://www.solcohealthcare.com/uploads/news/ValsartanHCTZRecallAffactedLots.xlsx.

Consumers and patients with medical-related questions regarding this recall, please contact Solco at 888-679-5120 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using this product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems associated with the use of this product may be reported to FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either by phone, on line, by regular mail or by fax.

This Product Recall is being made with the knowledge of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA Press Announcement

 

Pharmacies, Distributors, Wholesalers

customerservice@solcohealthcare.com
1-866-931-9829, Option 5
1-866-931-0709, for Product Return

Company Contact Information

Consumers:
888-679-5120

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