Man taking Valsartan with high blood pressure

Valsartan has been recalled for allegedly containing a known cancer-causing substance. If you or a loved one has recently taken the drug valsartan, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering, among other damages. We are working with some of the most experienced Valsartan lawyers across the country, who charge no fee unless you get an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll-free number 24/7 at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form.

Have You Sustained Injuries After Taking Valsartan?
You May Have a Claim.

What Is Valsartan?

Valsartan

Valsartan is a pill-based drug that is used to treat people who are suffering from high blood pressure and heart failure. The drug blocks natural components that would normally tighten a blood vessel, causing the blood to flow more freely and aid the heart in pumping blood throughout the body.

Why Is Valsartan Considered Dangerous?

As with almost all drugs, Valsartan came with a list of side effects, but one that was not listed was how the body reacts to N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) consumption. Recent testing has found that some generic versions of Valsartan, like Diovan, Losartan, and Irbesartan, contain NDMA, which makes people extremely ill.

Why Is NDMA Considered Dangerous?

NDMA has been labeled as a possible human carcinogen, meaning a substance that could cause cancer. NDMA is a known risky substance to work with and that is why manufacturers are mandated to comply with strict reporting requirements if the facility handles NDMA. The main parts of the body that are affected by this chemical include: bladder, liver, and stomach. In large amounts, NDMA can lead to death. The two most common causes of cancer resulting from NDMA is gastric and colorectal cancer.

What Are the Injuries Associated with NDMA Exposure?

Valsartan symptom

Some of the most concerning injuries have already been stated above, such as death, gastric cancer, and colorectal cancer. The natural chemical of NDMA specifically targets kidneys, livers, and lungs. Some other symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Enlarged Liver
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

What To Know About Valsartan Lawsuits?

It was discovered in July of 2018 that some versions of Valsartan contained NDMA. Shortly after this discovery, both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued recalls of the drug. Some investigations even point to NDMA contamination that may go back up to four years of contaminated production. As a result, many of those who were harmed by the NDMA contamination are coming forward and requesting that someone be held accountable for their likely preventable injuries. Some lawsuits are also alleging that companies like, Torrent Pharma, did not fully recall Valsartan until a month after the FDA announced a recall due to NDMA contamination.

How Can I Confirm My Valsartan Was Contaminated?

The easiest way to confirm is to locate the receipt or prescription record and try to identify the ten (10) digit National Drug Code (NDC). If you are able to locate that code, you can then go to the FDA website and input the information to check if your specific production batch is part of the recall. If it was recalled, it is more than likely contaminated and you should reach out to a lawyer to see if you potentially have a case. A link to search the directory can be found here.

Contact an Experienced Valsartan Lawyer Today!

Valsartan Lawyer

If you or a loved one have taken Valsartan and now have cancer, you may be entitled to compensation for lost earnings, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, among other losses. We work with some of the most knowledgeable Valsartan lawyers in the country, who are ready to talk to you about a potential case. Call us today toll-free 24/7 at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.

Sources:

  1. medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a697015.html
  2. accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/ndc/index.cfm
  3. who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/chemicals/ndmasummary_2ndadd.pdf