Additional High Blood Pressure Drug Recalled Due to NDEA Impurity
Irbesartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), the same class of drug as Valsartan, has been recalled by the FDA due a potential cancer risk. Used as a standalone drug or in conjunction with other medications, Irbesartan is prescribed to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). The drug can also be prescribed to treat high blood pressure with diabetic nephropathy. A complication of type 2 diabetes, diabetic nephropathy can impair kidney function. Like other ARBs the drug works by blocking the action of natural substances that constrict blood vessels, allowing the heart to work more efficiently and blood to flow more smoothly.