Valsartan Drug Injury Attorneys
Injured by Valsartan? You May Have a Product Liability Lawsuit.
Valsartan is one of the most commonly used medications in the country. Used both for lowering blood pressure and treating heart failure, this generic chemical compound relaxes blood vessels and allows the kidneys to remove water and salt more effectively. However, whether taken on its own (as Diovan tablets) or as part of another brand name medication, valsartan carries serious risks of cancer due to a toxic impurity discovered by the FDA.
At Johnston Law Group, our dangerous drug lawyers practice nationwide and can assist if you’ve been injured after taking valsartan in any form. When companies fail to properly warn the public about dangerous drugs like these, it can constitute negligence, and you may be eligible for compensation. Because our attorneys only work on a contingency fee basis, you won’t pay until we win your case.
Why Has Valsartan Been Recalled?
In July 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a recall for dozens of generic valsartan products in the United States, after 22 different countries issued their own recalls for valsartan products. The FDA recall was expanded on two subsequent occasions within the next two months, as even more variants of valsartan were added to the list of affected products. Several major pharmaceutical companies also announced voluntary nationwide recalls to follow suit.
The vast majority of valsartan is imported to the United States from a Chinese company, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. Valsartan batches obtained from this company were found to contain a dangerous impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which has been labelled as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). This has been further substantiated by lab tests and many independent studies.
Companies with valsartan products included in the FDA recall:
- Teva Pharmaceuticals, labelled as Major Pharmaceuticals
- Prinston Phrmaceuticals, Inc, labelled as Solco Healthcare
- Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited
- Teva Pharmaceuticals, labelled as Actavis LLC
According to the FDA, the unexpected presence of NDMA was likely a result of changes at the manufacturing level, which could mean that officials at the company were negligent during the manufacturing process. While not all medications containing valsartan have this impurity, officials say there are still more drugs that need to be tested for NDMA.
What Are the Next Steps for Affected Valsartan Users?
Healthcare providers and FDA officials are urging consumers not to panic, as current lab testing indicates it takes many years of use for cancer to develop from NDMA poisoning. If you are taking a drug containing valsartan, you should not discontinue use unless directed by your doctor. However, if you are ultimately diagnosed with cancer in conjunction with the use of valsartan, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.
Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that while many companies have voluntarily recognized the dangers valsartan presents, many others have not. If you’re injured while taking the common heart failure medication known as Entresto, which contains valsartan, you may be at similar risk but without the benefit of a clear warning. This could make the parent company Novartis liable for your injuries.
Contact Our Valsartan Drug Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Because people trust pharmaceutical companies with their lives, it’s critical that they take that social responsibility seriously, and perform rigorous tests to prevent exposing you to dangerous contaminants. If you develop serious illnesses like cancer as a direct result of their failure to do so, you may need financial assistance to pay for additional medical treatments.
If it happens to you or your loved one, don’t hesitate to contact Johnston Law Group at (844) 464-0062. We serve clients nationwide, and our litigation attorneys have years of experience fighting big pharmaceutical companies for our clients.