The Ministry of Health has indicated that there is no need for concern in relation to a global recall of the drug, Valsartan.

“The brands of Valsartan listed in the recall are not available in Saint Lucia,” the ministry has stated.

Batches of the drug were pulled from the shelves in Antigua earlier this month.

Valsartan is an active ingredient that is contained in medications used to treat blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and to increase the chances of living longer after a heart attack and heart failure.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled the drug after lab tests discovered that some drugs could have been tainted with a substance linked to higher risk of cancer.