Story by Ashley Jones • 8h ago
More than a billion people around the world (30% of the global population) have high blood pressure. This condition increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease among other serious health complications. Now, the US Food and Drugs Administration has issued a recall of a popular drug that many hypertensive patients in America are prescribed. The recall was due to concerns the medication could increase cancer risks.RecallAccording to the FDA, drug manufacturer, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. has voluntarily recalled four lots of the blood pressure medication, Quinapril. The drugs, sold in 20 mg and 40 mg, are suspected to contain an elevated level of nitrosamine impurity N-Nitroso-Quinapril, above the acceptable daily intake level. The company has received no reports of illness that appear to relate to this issue. In a statement, the FDA said:
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.According to the recall, nitrosamine impurities are common in consumables, including cured and grilled meats, vegetables and dairy products.
What should consumers do?Both the manufacturers and the FDA have advised patients taking the medication to continue with it while speaking with their healthcare provider for possible alternative treatments. However, the FDA has ordered that sale of the affected lots be stopped immediately.
Wholesalers, distributors and retailers that have Quinapril Tablets USP, 20mg, and 40mg that are being recalled should discontinue distribution of the recalled product lots immediatelyLupin Pharmaceuticals said it stopped making the drug in September, and was working with distributors to arrange for the return of the recalled product lots.
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