Pfizer has issued a recall for three blood pressure medications, according to the company.
Accuretic and two generic drugs distributed by Greenstone – quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets and quinapril HCl/hydrochlorothiazide tablets – are subject to the recall.
Medications treat high blood pressure, which increases the risk of potentially dangerous cardiovascular events like strokes.
The recall is voluntary and stems from tablets containing higher levels of nitrosamines, which pose a cancer risk, although Pfizer said in a press release “there is no immediate risk to patients taking this medication”.
“Nitrosamines are common in water and foods, including salted and grilled meats, dairy products and vegetables. Everyone is exposed to some level of nitrosamines. These impurities can increase the risk of cancer if people are exposed to it above acceptable levels for long periods of time.” time,” Pfizer said in the press release.
The company said it was not aware of any reports of adverse effects resulting from the use of the drug and added that the products have an established safety profile spanning more than 20 years, according to the statement.
Distributors and wholesalers should stop use and distribution and “immediately quarantine the product,” the statement said.
Pfizer has recommended that patients taking the drug consult with their doctor about alternative treatment options.
High blood pressure is a growing problem: the number of people over the age of 30 with this condition has doubled over the past 30 years, according to a 2021 study.
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