(CNN) – Pfizer has issued a recall for a high blood pressure drug distributed under three names, according to the company.
Accuretic and its two generic versions distributed by Greenstone – quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets and quinapril HCl/hydrochlorothiazide tablets – will be recalled.
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Medicines to treat high blood pressure, which increases the risk of potentially dangerous cardiovascular events such as stroke.
The recall is voluntary and stems from the fact that the tablets contain higher levels of nitrosamines, which pose a cancer risk, although Pfizer said in a press release “there is no immediate risk to the disease.” people taking this drug”.
“Nitrosamine is common in water and foods, including grilled and grilled meats, dairy products, and vegetables. Everyone is exposed to some level of nitrosamine. These impurities may increase the risk of cancer if people are exposed to them above recommended levels for long periods of time,” Pfizer said in a press release.
Nitrosamine may be inadvertently introduced when certain chemical reactions are used in the manufacture of drugs.
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The company said it was not aware of any reports of side effects from using the drug, and added that the products have an established safety record of more than 20 years, according to the release.
Distributors and wholesalers should stop using and distributing and “quarantine the product immediately,” the statement said.
Pfizer recommends 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 30 with the condition has doubled in the past 30 years. According to a 2021 study.
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