My medication insurance coverer and pharmacy informed me today that various versions of Valsartan (a medicine for blood pressure among other things) are being recalled due to an imperfection in one of its ingredients. They warned that they may not have any new supplies for some time to come, and that I should talk to my doctor about trying an alternative drug. My current supply is safe to use, according to the FDA, but I won’t be able to renew the prescription.
This is a bit of an extreme example of the phenomenon where whenever I find something I like, they stop producing it. I finally found a blood pressure medicine that doesn’t have side effects (the last one swelled up my ankles) and it goes belly up.
So here is my PSA for any of you who take Valsartan and haven’t had your notice yet. Best of luck to all of us.