Blood pressure recall: Pfizer recalls Accuretic, generic drugs for cancer risk due to nitrosamine

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Pfizer is voluntarily recalling several lots of blood pressure medication due to elevated levels of nitrosamine, which can increase the risk of cancer.

The company said it is recalling six lots of Accuretic tablets that it distributed, one lot of quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets and four lots of quinapril HCl/ hydrochlorothiazide tablets because the level of nitrosamine was above the acceptable daily intake.

Nitrosamines are common in water and foods, including cured and grilled meats, dairy products and vegetables, Pfizer said in its recall notice.

Last September, Pfizer recalled all lots Chantix smoking cessation drug for high levels of nitrosamine.

“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,” the company said.



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