The Ministry of Health would like to reassure the public with regards to the quality of the Valsartan-containing medicines in Brunei Darussalam. This is with respect to the recent news of Valsartan-containing medicines being recalled in the United Kingdom and United States of America. Valsartan is used to treat patients with high blood pressure in order to reduce complications such as heart attack and stroke and patients who have heart failure. An impurity was discovered in the active substance of Valsartan produced by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, Linhai, China. Following that, European Union Member States, United Kingdom, United States of America and a number of other countries have recalled medicines containing Valsartan supplied by Zhejiang Huahai as a precautionary measure. Not all products containing Valsartan are being affected and recalled. The Department of Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health have identified 18 registered pharmaceutical products in Brunei Darussalam containing Valsartan as the active substance. The registered brands stated on the screen are not affected as the Valsartan is sourced from unaffected manufacturers.

* Diovan 80mg tablet Valsartan Novartis, Spain

* Diovan 160mg tablet

* Co-Diovan 80/12.5mg tablet Valsartan + Hydrochlorothiazide Novartis, Italy

* Co-Diovan 160/12.5mg tablet

* Co-Diovan 160/25mg tablet

* Exforge 5/80mg tablet Amlodipine + Valsartan Novartis, Spain & Novartis Switzerland

* Exforge 5/160mg tablet

* Exforge 10/160mg tablet

* Exforge HCT 5/160/12.5mg tablet Amlodipine + Valsartan + Hydrochlorothiazide Novartis, Spain & Novartis Switzerland

* Exforge HCT 5/160/25mg tablet

* Exforge HCT 10/160/12.5mg tablet

* Exforge HCT 10/160/25mg tablet

* Exforge HCT 10/320/25mg tablet

* Entresto 24/26 mg tablet Sacubitril + Valsartan Novartis, Singapore

* Entresto 49/51 mg tablet

* Entresto 97/103 mg tablet

* Valzaar 80mg tablet Valsartan Torrent Pharmaceuticals, India

* Valzaar 160mg tablet

Source: Radio Television Brunei