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The European Medicines Agency updated its assessment of risk from valsartan medicines containing NDMA, a substance linked to cancer, after examining test results from supplies made by Zhejiang Huahai. The agency estimates the risk to be about 1 in 5,000 for an adult who had taken a medicine at the highest dose — 320 mg — every day from July 2012 to July 2018, which is line with previous calculations. To some extent, the estimate is supported by a Danish study that tracked patients who had taken medicines containing valsartan from Zhejiang Huahai over the past six years.

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