Many people have been concerned about the recent recall of several medications.

The Food and Drug Administration said one of the recent ones could put you at risk of getting cancer.

It's a high blood pressure medication that's being recalled by pharmacists across the country.

11Alive's Ron Jones explains why it took almost three decades for the government to discover the danger.

Sharon Kroll, a pharmacist for Concord Pharmacy, has been in the business for 35 years. She said if you have a certain kind of generic high blood pressure medication, you could be at risk of getting cancer.

"The more intake that someone has the more they're likely to get cancer," she said.

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If you are taking Valsartan, the FDA said some generic brand batches could be contaminated with a potentially cancer-causing chemical.

"This is a drug that's been around for 30 years and it's been approved since, and its just coming out now."

Kroll said testing and research is the reason why this news is coming out now.

Here are some of the companies who are recalling products:

  • Major Pharmeceuticals: Valsartan
  • Solco Healthcare: Valsartan and Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.: Valsartan and Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)

"The long term risks are unknown," Kroll said. However, she said make sure you have a replacement.

"They don't want to stop it right away because they have the risk of their blood pressure increasing and having a stroke."

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