Why are blood pressure medications being recalled, cancer causing ‘impurity’

Why are blood pressure medications being recalled, cancer causing ‘impurity’

Two batches of a blood pressure medicine were recalled because they were contaminated.

Talk to your doctor before you stop taking any pills or change how you take your medicines.

Aurobindo Pharma USA is recalling two lots of quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets because they have too much of a chemical called nitrosamine. Low levels of these compounds are often found in water and foods like meats, dairy products, and vegetables. However, according to the voluntary recall from Aurobindo that was posted by the US Food and Drug Administration last month, these compounds may increase the risk of cancer if people are exposed to them above acceptable levels for long periods of time.

Quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide are used to treat high blood pressure, which is also called hypertension. The recall includes two lots of Aurobindo’s 20 mg/12.5 mg, both of which have expiration dates through January 2023. The lot numbers can be found in the Oct. 25 notice of the recall. The tablets are round and pink. “D” is written on one side, and “19” is written on the other.

A notice from the FDA says that if you have this medicine, you should talk to your doctor before you stop taking it. High blood pressure that isn’t treated can make you more likely to have a stroke, heart attack, or other serious health problem or medical emergency. You should talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any changes to your medication.

The label for the hypertension medicine that was given in the recall.

Aurobindo said that, so far, it hasn’t heard of any bad things happening because of the recall. Consumers who have medical questions about the recall can call the company at 866-850-2876 (option 2) or email Aurobindo at pvg@aurobindousa.com. For questions about returns, consumers can call 888-504-2014.

This year, the same worry about too much nitrosamine led to the recall of other blood pressure medicines from different brands. The “wave” of recalls may be because there are more tests for things like nitrosamines, according to the New York Times. Many recalls of drugs or cosmetics because of contamination or impurities aren’t meant to scare people or warn them that they’ll be hurt right away if they use the product. Instead, the problem usually comes from too much use over a long time.

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