September 21, 2018

Blood pressure medicine recalled over potentially 'life-threatening' mix-up

31 August 2018, 10:56 | Silvia Roy

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Accord does not believe that other lots of hydrochlorothiazide are involved in the mix-up, the FDA said, adding that Accord learned of the error after a pharmacy alerted the company.

Accord Healthcare voluntarily recalling Lot PW05264 of 12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide tablets after a 100-count bottle of the drug was found to contain 100 tables of another drug, spironolactone.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of a hypertension medication. Hyperkalemia is an unsafe increase in potassium levels.

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This could result in adverse events, including life-threatening situations in some people.

Hydrochlorothiazide tablets are used in the treatment of hypertension either as the sole therapeutic agent or to enhance the effectiveness of other antihypertensive drugs in the more severe forms of hypertension.

Accord officials said they have not had reports of adverse incidents relating to this recall, according to the FDA release.

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The hydrochlorothiazide tablets are round, orange, and have "H" and "1" printed on opposite sides. Patients who have tablets that don't match the description should call their doctor or pharmacy for further instructions.

Last month, we told you that a number of generic blood pressure medications were being recalled because of an impurity that could increase a patient's cancer risk.

Not all drugs containing valsartan are being recalled, but this week the FDA expanded the list of drugs being recalled. The affected drugs in that recall may have been contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers a possible carcinogen. Hydrochlorothiazide is veteran to deal with high blood strain.

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