HA's response to recall of anti-hypertensive drug by DH

Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:
     Following the announcement by the Department of Health (DH) today (July 6) on the recall of an anti-hypertensive drug "Valtensin 80mg tablets and 160mg tablets", the Hospital Authority (HA) spokesperson said all public hospitals have been notified to cease prescribing the drug concerned so to dovetail DH's decision and also for precautionary measure. Arrangement would be made to dispense other anti-hypertensive medications to patients.
     The spokesperson pointed out that the anti-hypertensive drug concerned is generally prescribed for patients to treat high blood pressure, and heart failure. According to the assessment of clinical experts, there is no immediate risk to patients for continual intake of the drug. The experts are of the views that there shall be a well balance of possible risk factors between continual intake and abrupt stopping of the said drug. The latter might cause adverse effect on the patient's condition. Hence it is recommended to the out-patients who had been dispensed with the drug not to stop taking.
     "There are currently around 30,000 patients in public hospitals being dispensed with the anti-hypertensive drug concerned. Their condition will be reviewed by the attending doctor when they attend their next follow-up consultation at the clinic," the spokesperson added.
     The spokesperson said the Authority will continue to closely liaise with the DH in obtaining more information about the investigation on the recalled drug. Patients who have any enquiries related to the recalled anti-hypertensive drug can call the public hospitals as appended below:
Cluster Institution Telephone number
Hong Kong East Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital 6460 0553
Tung Wah Eastern Hospital 6460 0553
Ruttonjee Hospital and Tang Shiu Kin Hospital 2291 2079
Hong Kong West Queen Mary Hospital 2255 6649
Kowloon Central Queen Elizabeth Hospital 3506 6572
Kwong Wah Hospital 3517 7112
Kowloon East United Christian Hospital 3949 4000
Tseung Kwan O Hospital 2208 0111
Kowloon West Princess Margaret Hospital 2370 0980
Caritas Medical Centre 3408 6348
Yan Chai Hospital 2417 8383
New Territories East Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital 2689 2699
North District Hospital 2683 7561
Prince of Wales Hospital 5569 9855
New Territories West Tuen Mun Hospital
Pok Oi Hospital
Tin Shui Wai Hospital
Castle Peak Hospital
Siu Lam Hospital
2468 6872
2401 4592

Published on: 2018-07-06

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