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HEALTH: blood  pressure pill alert

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The Department of Pharmacy and Drugs of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) issued an alert on  Wednesday, September 5  for “Acepress Irbesartan” of 300 mg from Stein Laboratories of Costa Rica, used to control blood pressure.

A statement addressed to health professionals and patients, says indicates that there have been reports of suspicions of  adverse “pharmaceutical, therapeutic and reaction to the product.”

The adverse effects include gastrointestinal discomfort, diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, bitter taste, cough, sneezing, headache, tachycardia and burning in the eyes

The Directorate of Pharmacy and Drugs initiated a national monitoring of health facilities to document the necessary information about the behavior of the product, such as a routine surveillance procedure

The authorities recommend that people, who use this medicine, go to their doctor for a review of their health condition and treatment to follow.

Health professionals are urged to monitor the condition of patients who are under treatment with irbesartan and concomitant medications.



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Suspended medication gets Health Ministry ok

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The temporary suspension of the sanitary registration of blood pressure medication Acepress, Irbesartan 300mg, both in public and private health systems, has been lifted by the Ministry of Health (Minsa), through the Directorate of Pharmacy and Drugs.

According to the public health entity, after a validation of the tests carried out on the medicine, the Minsa specialists and scientists from the Specialized Institute of Analysis of the University of Panama determined that the medicine complies with all the required clinical regulations. , health records and established controls.

Genaro Cuesta, Regional Medical and Regulatory Director of Laboratories Stein, expressed his satisfaction at the decision of the Panamanian health authorities.

“We know that the product meets all the characteristics of quality and safety and we feel calm and confident to make available to Panamanians a quality and very safe medicine that contains a world-renowned and proven molecule for the treatment of hypertension,” he said.

For 10 years, Acepress, Irbesartan 300mg, manufactured by Laboratorios Stein S.A., has been marketed in Central America and has been consumed at the private and public level by thousands of patients in several countries, for the care of hypertension and other diseases.

In Panama, 37,200 Panamanian hypertensive patients are treated daily with the drug.



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