Big Pharma giant Pfizer has announced that they are voluntarily recalling five batches of one of the company’s hypertension drugs, Accupril, after tests showed that the drug contains a huge level of a cancer-causing agent.
Lab tests discovered that the hypertension drug contains unacceptable levels of nitrosamine N-nitroso-quinapril. Nitrosamines can be found in several products, including cured meats, and studies have shown that high levels can cause cancer, especially if a person is repeatedly exposed to these over a long period of time.
Of course, those on these medications are expected to take these drugs over a long period of time and they take them daily.
Pfizer released a document on the FDA’s website, which said: “Although long-term ingestion of N-nitroso-quinapril may be associated with a potential increased cancer risk in humans, there is no immediate risk to patients taking this medication.”
In 2019, there were nearly 1.3 million active prescriptions for Accupril in the United States. The drug not only treats high blood pressure but manages heart failure as well by reducing the chemicals that narrow blood vessels.
The recalled batches were distributed in the U.S and Puerto Rico from December 2019 through to April 2022 and the company has warned that some bottles may have been split into smaller doses.
Three batches of Accupril have also been recalled in Canada, after it was found that the drugs contained the same toxic levels of the cancer-causing agent and Pfizer has stated they have yet to receive any reports about any adverse reactions, related to these batches.
In a press release, the company stated: “Patients currently taking the products should consult with their doctor or health care provider about alternative treatment options for them.”
It seems Pfizer has a habit of distributing toxic drugs to the public and Accupril is not the only hypertension drug to be recalled by the company.
Accuretic, has also been recalled in March this year, along with two cheaper versions of the drug. Metformin, a medication for diabetes and valsartan blood pressure medications, have also been recalled because of the toxic levels of nitrosamines that the drugs contain.
The stop smoking drug, Chantix, was also recalled by Pfizer last year, due to the high levels of nitrosamine, but at the time, the company recommended that people continue to take the treatment until they found an alternative.
Zantac, a popular heartburn drug, was also recalled by the FDA in 2019, after they discovered low levels of nitrosamine nitrosodimethylamine.
Through the chemical process of manufacturing these drugs, nitrosamines can form. Since people are required to take these medications daily, it is important that they are safe. Then again, Pfizer has been pushing an experimental vaccine on the world, which has over 1,200 listed adverse reactions associated with it – so what else would you expect?