Valsartan is a drug sold under a variety of brand names that is used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and diabetic kidney disease. It is one of the most commonly used treatments for high blood pressure, with around 3 million Americans taking medicines containing the drug every year.
Several lots of Valsartan have been recalled due to potential contamination with carcinogens, and it is possible that various forms of the drug have contained those contaminants from as far back as 2012.
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When Was Valsartan Recalled?
The drug was withdrawn from the market on July 13th, 2018, through an announcement by the FDA. It was described as a voluntary withdrawal from the market and came after a number of medical agencies around the world have already recalled a number of batches of the drug. This began with the European Medical Agency on July 6th, 2018.
What are the Dangers of Valsartan?
The recalled lots were found to have contamination by a carcinogen, which creates more dangerous side effects that differ from the normal side effects of the drug. The lots of the drug were found to be contaminated by N-Nitrosodidimethylamine (NDMA), which the EPA classifies as a carcinogen.
NDMA causes damage to the liver as it filters the NDMA out of the bloodstream, and those affected may experience headaches, fevers, vomiting, enlarged live and reduced organ function.
NDMA can ultimately lead to kidney or liver failure, as well as increasing the risk of cancer for prolonged exposure.
What Kind of Cancer Does Valsartan Cause?
The NDMA contaminant within the drug can cause a range of cancers, but most commonly liver, kidney and lung tumors.
Who can File a Valsartan Lawsuit?
If you have taken Valsartan and have subsequently been diagnosed with cancer you might be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Although the affected batches have been withdrawn from the market, it may be too late for many of the people who took the drug. People who were diagnosed with cancer while taking Valsartan deserve justice, and the attorneys at Phoenix Injury and Accident Law Firm near you are here to help you achieve it.
What Can You Recover from a Valsartan Lawsuit?
Those who file a lawsuit and are awarded a settlement may recover the cost of the medical bills incurred during the cancer treatment. In addition, they may recover lost earnings from being unable to work, emotional damages, pain and suffering, and other financial costs that have been incurred.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
A lawyer can help establish if you have a case against the manufacturer of Valsartan for costs and damages and bring that action to court on your behalf.
If you’ve suffered from negative side effects from Valsartan, Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you can help you seek compensation. We work on a contingency basis; we don’t get paid unless you get paid. When you’re ready to move forward with your claim, please contact our office, conveniently located in your area.
Leveraging our 20+ years of winning claims against goliath insurance companies, we know how to move heaven and earth to get you fairly compensated for your unbearable loss. We know that only then will you be able to close this painful chapter and start a new one, stronger and bolder than before.