Pfizer Recalls Accuretic
Pfizer is another heavy contender in the prevention of COVID-19 sufferers needing hospitalization. However, they are under fire for an additional product—Accuretic. Pfizer issued a voluntary recall of a few lots of Accuretic. Shortly after, all lots of Accuretic were recalled and the product is now discontinued.
Here is the information you need to know about the recall of Accuretic:
Experts warn you should not stop taking your medicine until you consult with a doctor. Stopping treatment may cause more harm to your health. Your doctor can recommend an alternative medication to help you control your high blood pressure.
What Is Accuretic?
Accuretic is a combination medicine. It is used to treat hypertension also known as high blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure can prevent a future heart attack or stroke. Accuretic was approved by the FDA in 1999.
Carcinogens Found In Accuretic
Pfizer recalled Accuretic due to carcinogens present in the drug. Nitrosamines can be found in common food and water. Every person is exposed to some level of nitrosamines.
High Levels Of Nitrosamines
Overexposure to nitrosamines can potentially cause specific types of cancer. Accuretic contains high levels of nitrosamines. In recent years, high levels of nitrosamines have been detected in several prescription medications. This has led to increased scrutiny of other medications.
Ed Gump, a spokesperson for US Pharmacopeia, stated, “In the future, this greater scrutiny may lead to the discovery of nitrosamine impurities in other medicines… While these discoveries and product recalls may seem alarming, this is part of the process to overcome the challenge of nitrosamines and work to eliminate them from our drug supply.”
What Should You Do If You Have Taken Accuretic?
If you have taken Accuretic for hypertension, it is best to contact your physician. Your doctor will suggest alternatives for your blood pressure regulation.
Next, ask your doctor to conduct a cancer screening. This is especially important if you have been taking Accuretic for an extended amount of time. It never hurts to be safe. Finally, it may be time to consider contacting a personal injury attorney should the results come back positive.
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