CHINA – TAIWAN After vaccines, carcinogenic substances found in hypertension drugs

Taiwan blocks imports of the active ingredient Valsartan made in China. Carcinogenic contamination is 200 times higher than allowed. Lab testing continues in Europe and the United States. Changsheng Biotech mixed anti-rabies vaccines with expired products.
Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Valsartan, the active ingredient produced by Zhejiang Tianyu Pharmaceutical, contains carcinogenic substances that are 200 times higher than allowed.

The Chinese-made active ingredient used in hypertension drugs was found to be contaminated with a carcinogenic substance called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration announced the finding after testing drugs imported from China following reports about its harmful nature.

Zhejiang Tianyu Pharmaceutical last month had reported to the European Union about possible impurities in the active ingredient due to changes in the production process in 2012.

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