RECALL 101: Hypertension medications recalled

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – A recall for blood pressure medication has made its way to the fore front.

Kelsey Cissell, pharmacist at John’s Pharmacy: “We have actually a lot of recalls that a lot of patients don’t even realize. A lot of recalls aren’t really, I don’t want to say they’re not as bad as what they seem to be, some is just packaging mislabeled. But they’re actually getting the right medication.”

Two lots of Quinapril and Hydrochlorothiazide tablets made by Aurobindo Pharma USA are recalled for having too high of levels of Nitrosamines.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, these high levels of Nitrosamines can cause a risk of cancer if exposed for too long at high levels.

“We don’t want anyone to stop taking any sort of blood pressure medicine, because there could be worse effects like a heart attack or something like that. From stopping blood pressure medicine, we want people to call the pharmacy make sure their lot is not involved and then the next steps we always try to call the doctor, make sure we get the patient, we don’t want any lapse of no blood pressure medicine,” said Cissell.

The recalled medication is used to treat hypertension, aka, high blood pressure.

The lots of Aurobindo’s 20 mg or 12.5 mg are both in the recall and have expiration dates through January of 2023.

The tablets are small, round, pink and have a capital ‘d’ and ’19’ printed on the back and front.

So, check your medicine cabinet for your supply.

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