Valsartan Lawsuit Lawyers
Legal support for those with cancer caused by high blood pressure and heart failure drugs containing valsartan.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a voluntary recall of several generic drugs containing active ingredient valsartan in July 2018. Valsartan could increase risk of certain types of cancers and create other adverse health effects such as long-term liver damage. The ingredient found in batches of drugs most commonly used to treat hypertension, recent heart attacks and people in heart failure, could be tainted by a probable human carcinogen, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and dangerous to anyone who takes the medication.
“We have carefully assessed the valsartan-containing medications sold in the United States, and we’ve found that the valsartan sold by these specific companies does not meet our safety standards. This is why we’ve asked these companies to take immediate action to protect patients,” said in a FDA Safety Announcement by Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA.
Wagner Reese defective drug lawyers are currently representing clients sickened or injured by generic drugs containing valsartan and are available to speak with others who were prescribed a valsartan medication and have since been diagnosed with liver damage, tumors, or cancers.
Contact us today to share your valsartan injury story. We are pleased to provide you a free and confidential consultation. If you wish to speak with us, please call (800) 902-8559.
Jason Reese Discusses Valsartan Recall
Not All Drug Makers Have Joined the FDA Valsartan Recall
Three US companies that sell the generic drug have joined the recall effort. Patients should know that not all drugs containing valsartan were named in the official FDA voluntary recall. The current list of drugs containing valsartan is expected to be expanded as more defective medications may be added.
Valsartan Containing Medicines Named in the Recall:
- Valsartan by Major Pharmaceuticals
- Valsartan by Solco Healthcare
- Valsartan by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
- Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) by Solco Healthcare
- Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
22 other countries had previously recalled valsartan containing products used to treat serious conditions like high blood pressure and heart failure. Use of drugs with tainted valsartan is widespread making the US recall slow and difficult. While some US pharmaceutical companies are communicating with distributors and customers by letter and email to arrange for return of all recalled products, it remains doubtful all persons will be reached before being impacted.
Cardiac Medicines Tainted with Dangerous Carcinogen
FDA investigators found that medications containing valsartan supplied by the Chinese company, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals may have been exposed to N-nitrosodimethylamine’s (NDMA) carcinogenic and toxic impurities since 2012. They have been supplying these dangerous drugs to US pharmaceutical companies for processing and distribution in the US market through July 2018. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NDMA is a semi-volatile organic chemical that forms in both industrial and natural processes. The B2 (probable human) carcinogen should not be found within an active ingredient in a patient’s life-saving medication.
- NDMA is not currently produced in pure form or commercially used in the United States, except for research purposes.
- It was formerly used in production of liquid rocket fuel, antioxidants, additives for lubricants and softeners for copolymers.
- NDMA can also be found naturally, in trace amounts in certain foods. NDMA is released in these foods through chemical reactions during the food preparation process. For example, NDMA can be produced by grilling, browning, and salting of certain meats.
- NDMA can be unintentionally produced in and released from industrial sources through chemical reactions, such as those that involve alkylamines.
NDMA physical and chemical properties are most often found in manufacturing plants, tanneries, pesticide manufacturing plants, rubber and tire manufacturers, fish processing facilities, foundries, dye manufacturers and surfactant industries.
Valsartan Medication and Known Patient Warnings
Valsartan is an active ingredient found in a number of generic drugs most commonly used to treat hypertension, heart failure, left ventricular failure, and left ventricular dysfunction following myocardial infarction. The drugs are believed to be putting consumers at risk of developing a number of life-threatening cancers because of the NDMA universal carcinogen exposure with the potential to cause sickness to almost all human organs. Studies have specifically shown NDMA to induce tumors to form in the liver, kidney, and respiratory tract resulting in:
- liver cancer
- gastric cancer
- colorectal cancer
- kidney cancer
- lung cancer
NMDA exposure has also been associated with non-cancerous liver damage, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. The high level short-term and low level, long-term exposures of NMDA which cause liver issues can result in internal bleeding and death if left untreated.
Prescribing Physicians Should Be Alerted
FDA drug safety officials have alerted health care systems and medical professionals of the tainted drugs but say patients should not stop taking the recalled products without first contacting their treating physicians. Health professionals will need to prescribe a replacement drug. According to FDA warnings, patients who show signs of the following medical issues are especially at risk.
- hereditary angioedema
- volume depletion
- severe congestive heart failure (CHF)
- hepatic or renal impairment
- aortic stenosis
- mitral valve stenosis
Pregnant women should talk to their doctor about taking generic drugs containing valsartan as the carcinogen laced ingredient can result in fetal toxicity, and cause injury and death to the developing fetus or newborn.
Filing a Valsartan Lawsuit and Personal Injury Claim
Wagner Reese is already representing a victim of a valsartan related injury and can help file a claim for you or your loved one as well. If you were taking any of the contaminated valsartan medications, and have experienced liver damage, tumor, cancer or other alarming health issues, our job is to seek damages for you including but not limited to:
- Past and future medical expenses to treat your injuries
- Past and future pain and suffering that results from your injuries, both physical and emotional
- Wage loss
- Financial losses experienced because of your injuries
- Punitive damages
Wagner Reese has an experienced team of product liability and medical malpractice attorneys who will continue to investigate claims against manufacturers and distributors of the medications containing the active ingredient valsartan in hopes to help consumers at risk of developing a number of life-threatening cancers or related health injuries.
Have You Been Seriously Injured by a Defective or Dangerous Medicine Containing Valsartan?
Defective medication or health product cases are complex and often leave consumers in a vulnerable place. Whether your medicine-related injuries were caused by defectively designed or manufactured drugs, by hidden side-effects, or by inadequate warnings by drug sales representatives or medical professionals, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation to help you.
Our experienced defective drug attorneys at Wagner Reese can provide you the legal support and advice you need so that you can focus on your own health and healing.
Simply give us a call today at (800) 902-8559 to schedule a free consultation or speak with us by submitting our online form and our attorneys will review your information regarding your valsartan concerns. By filling out the contact form, you agree to receive telephone calls and text messages at the telephone number provided above (including any mobile number provided) from Wagner Reese and their third-party companies.
Note: While at this time we are not filing claims related to a Valsartan lawsuit, we are happy to retain your information during our investigation. If we are able to move forward with a lawsuit, we will contact you.