Pfizer has issued a recall for three high blood pressure medications:
Accuretic and two generic drugs (quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets and quinapril HCl/hydrochlorothiazide tablets)* are subject to the drug recall.
The drugs are being recalled because they contain elevated levels of nitrosamines**, which pose a cancer risk.
Distributors and wholesalers should stop use and distribution and quarantine the product immediately.
Pfizer recommended that patients taking the medication consult with their doctor about alternative treatment options.
*The medications treat hypertension, which increases the risk for potential dangerous cardiovascular events like strokes.
**Nitrosamines may be unintentionally introduced when certain chemical reactions are used in the production of medications. Nitrosamines are common in water and foods, including cured and grilled meats, dairy products and vegetables. Everyone is exposed to some level of nitrosamines. These impurities may increase the risk of cancer if people are exposed to them above acceptable levels over long periods of time.” -Pfizer