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Did You Take Valsartan and Develop Cancer?

The McGartland Firm is currently looking into cases on behalf of individuals who developed cancer after taking valsartan or valsartan HCTZ. If you took one of these two  popular blood pressure medications, you may be at an increased risk of developing cancer.

In July 2018, health officials discovered batches of the popular blood pressure drug contained high levels of carcinogens N-nitrodimethylamine (NDMA) and N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA). Health officials speculate that these carcinogens, or cancer-causing substances, contaminated lots of valsartan since as early as 2014, placing thousands of users at risk of developing cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a voluntary valsartan recall in 2018, but the warning came too late for many individuals taking the drug to manage their blood pressure. Valsartan lawsuits filed by or on behalf of injured users claim that impure blood pressure medication caused cancer diagnoses including liver cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, and lung cancer.

If you or a loved one took valsartan and developed cancer, you may be entitled to a cash award for your injuries. Contact the McGartland Law Firm today to learn more about your legal rights after being injured by a dangerous product. We offer free, no-obligation case consultations and operate on a contingent-fee basis, so you never pay anything out of pocket for our services.

What are the Dangers of Taking Valsartan?

Valsartan, the generic version of the brand-name drug Diovan, is a medication used to treat heart failure and high blood pressure. The blood pressure medication is categorized as angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and work to treat hypertension by relaxing blood vessels, thus easing patients’ blood flow. Valsartan HCTZ combines regular valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide to make a “water pill” or diuretic to help patients get rid of extra salt and water in the body. Approved in 1996, Diovan quickly became a blockbuster drug, used worldwide to treat patients’ hypertension and blood pressure.

However, in 2018 the FDA recalled strains of valsartan and valsartan HCTZ after uncovering impurities in the medication. The first recalls issued in July 2018 impacted batches of the blood pressure drug manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in China. This company’s active ingredients used to manufacture valsartan contained high levels of the known carcinogens NDMA and NDEA. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified NDMA as a cancer-causing agent, a sentiment reflected by other health agencies across the world.

Since health officials’ discovery in July 2018, other valsartan manufactures have now issued  recalls after discovering abnormally high levels of NDMA and NDWA in their own products. Companies frequently named in lawsuits as distributing contaminated valsartan include:

  • Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co.
  • Prinston Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • AvKare
  • Solco Healthcare U.S. LLC
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Activis Inc.
  • Huahai US, Inc.
  • Major Pharmaceuticals
  • Repack
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
  • A-S Medication Solutions LLC

Though the FDA only recently discovered NDMA in valsartan, evidence suggest impure batches of the medication may have been distributed since 2014.

Contaminated Valsartan Side Effects

If you took valsartan or valsartan HCTZ, you may be at an increased risk of developing cancer. NDMA and NDEA have been tied to increasing individuals’ risk of developing cancer, including liver, bladder, colon, and kidney cancer. According to the widespread lawsuits field by injured individuals across the country, contaminated valsartan allegedly caused people to develop the following types of cancers:

  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Abdominal cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Renal cancer

Dangerous Drug Lawsuits

Individuals who took contaminated valsartan may be at an increased risk of developing cancer, spurring a number of lawsuits across the world. In the United States, more than 60 million Americans could be at risk of developing cancer from impure medication. Now, individuals are filing individual and class action lawsuits for injuries caused by dangerous valsartan medication. The number of valsartan lawsuits are expected to reach up into the thousands as more individuals discover their cancer diagnoses were caused by their blood pressure medication. If you developed cancer after taking valsartan, you may be entitled to compensation for your cancer diagnosis and injuries.

Through filing a claim for dangerous valsartan medication, you may be able to recover compensation for:

  • The cost of, essentially, dangerous and worthless drugs
  • Medical bills
  • Loss of income
  • Pain & suffering
  • Etc.

The McGartland Law Firm can help you pursue compensation for your valsartan injuries, providing the legal expertise and experience necessary to give your case the very best chance of success. We can find out if you have grounds for legal action and find compensation for any harms that have been committed against you.

At the McGartland Law Firm, our dangerous drugs attorneys have decades of experience handling even the most difficult product liability cases. We want to see you heal and recover, so we fight tirelessly to see your case succeed. To connect with a legal professional today and schedule your free, no-obligation case consultation, contact us today at 1.866.832.9300.

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