Macau (MNA) – Patients who have been prescribed the antihypertensive drug Valsartan will only be given one month’s dosage of a substitute medicine starting on Wednesday since a worldwide recall of the medication has caused a serious shortage of the new drug, the Health Bureau told Macau News Agency (MNA).
According to the Bureau, a green counter will be set up at the emergency department of Public Hospital Conde de São Januário and all health centres across the city for the substitution of Valsartan from Wednesday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Affected patients who have been prescribed the blood pressure drug will have to present their identity card, healthcare card (if any), as well as current prescription drugs for exchange procedures.
The Bureau further emphasised that the amount of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) found in Valsartan blood pressure tablets is relatively low, which would not pose a health issue unless the medication has been taken for a long period of time.
The health authority noted additionally that patients would risk suffering from high blood pressure, stroke, and kidney failure if they stop administering the medicines themselves, advising them to collect the new drugs this week and continue to take their medication as prescribed.