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Prescription recall: Check your medicine cabinet for these drugs

Recalls can range from minor annoyances to severe health risks. If your vehicle has a dangerous defect that could increase the crash risk, you don’t want to be driving around in it.

There have been millions of automobiles recalled over the past six months. We compiled a list of all the recalls with links to reports on what to do next. Tap or click here to see if your vehicle is included in any of these recalls.

Now there is a recall on prescription meds that you need to know about. If you’re taking these medications, they could increase the risk of cancer. Read on for details and what you should do now.

Here’s the backstory

Blood pressure medicines can help you keep your blood pressure at healthy levels and significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. But popular blood pressure medications are being recalled due to increased levels of a particular chemical.

According to the FDA, nitrosamines are common in water and foods, including cured and grilled meats, dairy products and vegetables. Everyone is exposed to some level of nitrosamines. However, these impurities may increase the risk of cancer if exposed to above-acceptable levels over long periods.

Two lots of Quinapril and Hydrochlorothiazide tablets from Aurobindo Pharma are being voluntarily recalled. That’s due to Nitrosamine Drug Substance Related Impurity (NDSRI), N-Nitroso-Quinapril above the proposed interim limit.

The affected products are Quinapril and Hydrochlorothiazide tablets. They come in 20mg and 12.5mg doses with lot numbers QE2021005-A and QE2021010-A. They have an expiration date of January 2023.

Physical characteristics of the tablets are pink-colored, scored, round-shaped, biconvex, film-coated tablets, debossed with ‘D’ on the scored side and ‘19’ on the other side. The two batches were shipped in May this year and are widely available. 

Source: FDA

What to do if you have these recalled medications

If you have medical questions regarding this recall or want to report an adverse event, contact Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc. at 1-866-850-2876 (Option 2), 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Or send an email to:

You should contact your physician or healthcare provider if you have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using these drugs. For general questions regarding the return of this product, contact Qualanex at 1-888-504- 2014 (live calls received 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-F CST).

Adverse reactions experienced with this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or fax. Complete and submit an online form at

For regular mail or fax, download the form at or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form. Then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.

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