Leaching from packaging prompts recall

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Novartis is recalling physician samples of medications used to treat hypertension and cholesterol because of contamination from a chemical used in packaging.

The FDA issued a Class II recall on physician sample bottles of the blood pressure pharmaceuticals Diovan (valsartan), Exforge (amlodipine and valsartan) and Tekturna (aliskiren) because tests showed the presence of a photocuring agent in the tablets.

The agent, Darocur 1173, is used in inks on shrink-wrap sleeves.