Pfizer Recalls Blood Pressure Medication due to Cancer Risk

Pfizer Recalls Blood Pressure Medication due to Cancer Risk

Austin New, Writer

You might want to check your drug cabinet.

As of a few days ago, Pfizer has recalled the high blood pressure medication Accuretic and two generic versions of the medication (quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets and quinapril HCl/hydrochlorothiazide tablets) due to a risk of cancer. The tablets, designed to treat hypertension, have been found to contain nitrosamines.

Nitrosamines are carcinogens that are often found in water, grilled food, and veggies. However, despite this recall, Pfizer says you really shouldn’t be too worried about it. Maybe. 

In a statement, Pfizer said that “there is no immediate risk to patients taking this medication” and that, “ 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”.

So, should you throw all of your pills out? Eh, maybe. Clearly, there were enough nitrosamines to call for a recall of the medication, yet Pfizer says you shouldn’t be too worried. Not to mention that the company also stated that they do not have any reports of people getting sick from the meds. However, that also doesn’t mean that there won’t be patients with problems relating to the Accuretic medication in the future. 

If you want to be on the safe side and toss the meds, Pfizer recommends talking to your doctor about switching. After all, these meds are the kind you take all your life. And while you may not be a risk now, you might be in thirty years. 

The recall is not mandatory and is up to the discretion of the patient.