Valsartan Lawsuit Lawyer
Valsartan Class Actions & Individual Lawsuits
Valsartan lawsuits have been springing up across the country in relation to injuries allegedly caused by the drug used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. A valsartan class action lawsuit has been filed against several sellers and the manufacturer as well. If you or a loved one has developed cancer you suspect is a result of the use of valsartan (a/k/a Diovan), you should consult a valsartan lawsuit lawyer regarding your rights today. You may be entitled to legal compensation.
Why was Valsartan Recalled?
On July 17, 2018, the FDA issued a press release announcing the voluntary recall of several drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan due to the discovery it contained N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a carcinogen. The American Cancer Association defines carcinogens as substances and exposures that can lead to cancer. At the time of the recall, over 1.5 million Americans were using valsartan daily.
What is Valsartan?
Valsartan is an oral medication given to patients with high blood pressure, heart failure, or patients who have had a heart attack. Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist; which is a class of medication that works by blocking the action of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels, ultimately relaxing the blood vessels and putting less strain on the heart.
What is NDMA?
N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) is a byproduct of many industrial manufacturing processes including the manufacturing of unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH), which is a component of rocket fuel that requires NDMA for its synthesis. It is classified as a B2 carcinogen–meaning it is known to cause cancer in animals and a probable cause of cancer in humans. Trace amounts can be found in some foods such as bacon. However, trace amounts are not believed to be harmful.
How Did NDMA Get into Valsartan?
Novartis was the original manufacturer and patent holder for valsartan. They also obtained FDA approval for their processes. After the patent expires on a drug, other companies can make it as a generic. It is believed that around 2012, the synthesis process used by generic manufacturers was updated and that this change resulted in a side-reaction occurring that resulted in elevated levels of NDMA being produced. Recent findings in conjunction with the Zantac Class Action Lawsuit demonstrate how NDMA can arise as a byproduct of the body’s breaking down of certain drugs/chemicals in the stomach.
FDA Issues Voluntary Recall on Valsartan Products
The product manufacturers listed in the recall include:
- Major Pharmaceuticals
- Solco Healthcare
- Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
In addition to valsartan, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. must also recall their valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) 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 Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
What Injuries Can Valsartan Cause?
The link between valsartan and several types of cancer and organ damage is under investigation. This list of potential damage includes:
- Liver Injury & Failure
- Stomach Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Kidney Injury
- Colorectal Cancer
- Bowel Cancer
If you have taken valsartan for an extended period of time and then been diagnosed with any of those types of cancer or liver or kidney damage, you may have a claim for compensation.
Valsartan Lawsuits Over Injury Claims
Currently, there have been numerous Valsartan lawsuits filed across the country alleging that valsartan caused a patient’s cancer or liver damage. The Federal lawsuits have been consolidated into MDL 19-2875 in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey Camden Vicinage before Judge Robert B. Kugler. Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. to get connected with an attorney investigating valsartan today if you have been diagnosed with lung, liver, or kidney cancer after prolonged use of valsartan.
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