The Canarian Government’s Health Department has recalled certain medications with the active ingredient Valsartán, usually prescribed for blood pressure. Sanidad says that patients may have been dispensed their treatment from an affected batch and that they should go to their local farmacía to allow the chemist to check if it is safe or needs to be replaced by identical medication from a batch that is not at risk.
The measure, which is being taken nationally throughout Spain, has been called after certain potentially carcinogenic ingredients were found in some pills: the recall protocol is being organized by the country’s autonomous community Governments, which is how the Spanish health system is administered. Sanidad itself says that the computer systems used by chemists here, which automatically correlate how much a patient is given with how much is actually needed so as to avoid waste, have been amended to allow chemists to “double up” the medication patients receive in this case and so avoid anyone needing to go back to their doctors.
Sanidad says that any patient who has any difficulty in replacing the medication in a chemist can of course simply go to their local surgery’s admin department where a new prescription will be drawn up. All surgeries in the Canaries will be aware of the patients in receipt of the potentially affected medication and will be able to check whether they were dispensed from an affected batch. Sanidad stresses that since this medication is normally used for high blood pressure, no patient should stop any prescribed treatment because it could trigger a hypertension crisis but should instead just go to their chemist to check whether their medication is safe. There is also an official list of the potentially affected drugs HERE.