High Blood Pressure Pill Noted Then Due to High Cancer Risk? the manufacturer, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, has recalled four lots of the generic quinapril pills for high blood pressure due to excessively high levels of a potentially cancer-causing contaminant.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following recent testing.
There is no immediate hazard to individuals using this drug, even if long-term consumption of this probable carcinogen may raise cancer risk.
The quinapril products in question include, in accordance with a statement from the FDA released on December 21:
- 20 mg tablets, lot number G102929, expiration date 04/2023
- 40 mg tablets, lot number G100533, expiration date 12/2022
- 40 mg tablets, lot number G100534, expiration date 12/2022
- 40 mg tablets, lot number G203071, expiration date 03/2024
Between March 15, 2021, and September 1, 2022, the tablets were disseminated across the country via wholesalers, pharmacy chains, mail-order pharmacies, and supermarkets in 90-count bottles.
Although Lupin stopped making these quinapril pills in September, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers are asked to stop selling the recalled batches right now since they may still have some on hand.
What Is Quinapril Used for?
Quinapril is a member of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor medication family and is used to treat high blood pressure. It is given to lower blood pressure since doing so lowers the risk of both fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events, including as heart attacks and strokes.
Patients who have taken the impacted quinapril lots should talk to their doctor about possible alternate treatments.
What Are Nitrosamines?
Common compounds called nitrosamines are found in water and a variety of foods, such as cured and grilled meats, dairy products, and even vegetables, at small levels. Everybody is exposed to nitrosamines to some extent. However, if a person is exposed to them for an extended length of time and at levels over what is considered safe, they can raise the risk of cancer.
The FDA states that it is not anticipated that using nitrosamine-containing medications every day for 70 years at or below the permitted daily consumption levels will raise a person’s chance of developing cancer.
Quinapril Has Been Recalled Multiple Times
This is not the first time that excessive nitrosamine content has caused the recall of blood pressure drugs. For instance, Pfizer recalled five batches of Accupril (quinapril HCl) pills in April 2022. Aurobindo Pharma USA recalled two sets of tablets containing quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide in October.
Call Inmar Rx Solutions at 877-538-8445 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, if you have any concerns about this most recent recall. The lot number, which may be located on the side of the bottle label, must be provided by customers in order to get paid.