CNET logo Why You Can Trust CNET

Our wellness advice is expert-vetted. Our top picks are based on our editors’ independent research, analysis, and hands-on testing. If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Reviews ethics statement

Blood Pressure Medication Recall: Two Batches Pulled Over Impurity

Before stopping any pills or making a change to your medicine regimen, talk with your doctor.

Jessica Rendall Wellness Writer
Jessica is a writer on the Wellness team with a focus on health news. Before CNET, she worked in local journalism covering public health issues, business and music.
Expertise Medical news, pregnancy topics and health hacks that don't cost money Credentials
  • Added coconut oil to cheap coffee before keto made it cool.
Jessica Rendall
2 min read
A bottle of pills spills on a light pink calendar
Clementa Moreno/Getty Images

Two lots of quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets made by Aurobindo Pharma USA are being recalled because they contain too-high levels of nitrosamines. These compounds are commonly found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products and vegetables in low levels, but may increase the risk of cancer if people are exposed to them above acceptable levels over long periods of time, according to the voluntary recall from Aurobindo, which was posted by the US Food and Drug Administration last month. 

Quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide are used to treat hypertension, or high blood pressure. Two lots of Aurobindo's 20 mg/12.5 mg are included in the recall, both with expiration dates through January 2023, and the specific lot numbers can be found in the recall announcement on Oct. 25. The tablets are pink-colored and round, with "D" printed on one side and "19" on the other side. 

If you have this medication, you should talk with your doctor before you stop taking it, according to the notice posted by the FDA. Untreated high blood pressure can raise the risk of stroke, heart attack and other serious health issues or medical emergencies, so you should discuss the risks and benefits of any change in medication. 

The recalled drug label

The hypertension medication label provided in the recall. 


To date, Aurobindo said, it hasn't received any reports of adverse events related to the recall. Consumers with medical questions about the recall can contact the company at 866-850-2876 (option 2) or email Aurobindo at pvg@aurobindousa.com. For questions about returns, consumers can call 888-504-2014. 

Other blood pressure medications under different brands have been recalled this year over the same concern about excessively high nitrosamine levels. As the New York Times reported, the "wave" of recalls is likely due to an increase in testing for things like nitrosamines. Many drug or cosmetic recalls over contamination or impurities aren't meant to cause alarm or to signal to consumers that they will be immediately harmed when using a recalled product. Instead, the issue is typically over frequent use over a long period of time. 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.