FDA Issues Recall for Blood Pressure Medication due to Cancer Risk

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall for several drugs used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure due to the risk of cancer.
The FDA announced the voluntary recall of several drugs containing the active ingredient valsartan. The FDA said the recall was due to an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which was found in the products and is classified as a probable human carcinogen
The following are products listed in the recall, according to the FDA:

• Valsartan from Major Pharmaceuticals
• Valsartan from Solco Healthcare
• Valsartan from Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
• Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) from Solco Healthcare
• Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) from Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
The FDA points out that not all products containing valsartan are being recalled. Officials note that because valsartan is used in medicines to treat serious medical conditions such as heart problems, patients who take the recalled medicines should continue taking them until they have a replacement.

To determine if you’re medication has been recalled, look at the drug name and company name on the label of your prescription bottle. If you can’t find the information on the bottle, you should contact your pharmacy.
If your medicine is listed in the recall, you should contact your pharmacy or doctor to discuss treatment.

Important Notice

We are pleased to announce that we are using a new refill service that should improve our prescription refill request process.

This process interfaces with our local and mail order pharmacy providers. In order to take advantage of this new service please note the following:

Please call your pharmacy when you need a refill.

  • If no refills are left on your prescription, you are likely due for an office visit or your annual physical exam. If this is the case, please call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Depending on your health issues, this may be at 6 or 12 month intervals (sometimes shorter).

Thank you,

Herndon Family Medicine Providers and Staff

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Please join us in welcoming our newest provider, Diviya Muruganandam, PA-C! Diviya is a certified physican’s assistant and is available to see all of our patients at your convenience.

Ribbon Cutting Event

On November 28th the Mayor, Lisa Merkel and the Town Council held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Herndon Family Medicine new building at 381 Elden Street Suite 1000 Herndon, VA 20170.

Introducing Dr. Monica Hwang!

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Monica Hwang to Herndon Family Medicine. She is available to see all of our patients at your convenience.

Fairfax Family Practice Patient Advisory Council

Herndon Family Medicine is looking for patients who are willing to participate in the Fairfax Family Practice Patient Advisory Council. The purpose of the advisory council is to exchange ideas between patients and representatives from our system. Meetings are held quarterly at a central location. Please leave your name and contact information for a discussion.  703-391-2031 ext 201115. Thank you.

We are moving!

Herndon Family Medicine will be moving on September 11th, 2017 to 381 Elden Street Suite 1000. We will have more parking spaces, more seating and room in our lobby, and LabCorp will also be re-joining us! Our new suite will be bigger with a fresh and updated look. We hope you are as excited as we are and we can’t wait to see you all there!

Pilot Telemedicine Program for Dr Leavens

Dr Deborah Leavens is starting a pilot program to test the feasibility of telemedicine appointments with her patients.  If you have been scheduled for one of these appointments, there are a few steps you’ll need to take prior to your visit.  The first step is downloading a program called VSEE onto your computer.  Click the following link to get that program: https://vsee.com/.  When it is time for your appointment, you will open up that program, it will run in the background, and then you can click on this link : http://www.broadlandsfamilypractice.com/services/ezvisit-2/ to sign in for your appointment.  You will need to click on the Yellow box that says “Scheduled EZVisit”.  It will ask you a few questions and have you click a “submit” button that will put you into the “waiting room”.  From there you will be greeted by one of Dr Leavens’ clinical assistants to start your appointment the same way you would as if you were in the office.  Please note that a camera is required to utilize this service and that scheduling for these appointments is done the normal way by calling the office.  This service will not be available for same day visits to begin with, but in the future may open up to that availability.  There will be instances where a telemedicine appointment is not appropriate to properly handle the medical situation you are having, in which case a normal office visit will be required.