- Published: Monday, 23 July 2018 16:00
- Written by 340B Editor
We are receiving calls regarding the recall on valsartan. Last week Teva Pharmaceuticals USA announced a voluntary recall of a number of valsartan products. Valsartan is a commonly used antihypertensive and is used for the treatment of heart failure.
While we hope patients will be able to pick up their medication in a reasonable amount of time, recent inventory reports suggest an across the board shortage of valsartan. If you have patients that are unable to get their valsartan filled due to the pharmacy unable to get hold of the product, they may need to be switched to an alternative agent to avoid interruption in therapy. A chart of comparable ARB doses used to treat hypertension has been posted. See below. If a patient is switched, please have them come in for a follow-up BP check in 1-2 weeks to make sure their blood pressure remains controlled.
Total daily dose. Comparable dose based on therapeutic interchange studies, comparative clinical trials, and manufacturers’ recommended dosing for hypertension.
|340B Price for 30 Day Supply* (Approximate)|
|Valsartan (Diovan)||40mg||80mg||160mg||320mg||$22 to $37|
|Candesartan (Atacand)||4mg||8mg||16mg||16mg to 32mg||$26 to $60|
|Irbesartan (Avapro)||75mg||150mg||300mg||300mg||$21 to $60|
|Losartan (Cozaar)||25mg||50mg||100mg||-||$21 to $60|
|Olmesartan (Benicar)||10mg||20mg||20mg to 40mg||40mg||$25 to $21|
|Telmisartan (Micardis)||20mg||40mg||40mg to 80mg||80mg||$21 to $60|
|Chart Adopted from : Pharmacist Letter August 2009, Volume 25|
|* Assuming $20 Dispensing Fee|
|** Only 600mg tablet available|