Navigate the Valsartan Recall
The valsartan recall will continue to raise questions about how to switch to a different ARB or an ACE inhibitor.
The recalled products may have been contaminated with the probable carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) for as long as 4 years...possibly because of changes in how valsartan was made.
Reassure patients that cancer risk is very low. You can point out that FDA estimates 8,000 patients would need to take the recalled valsartan 320 mg daily for 4 years to possibly lead to one additional lifetime diagnosis of cancer.