Valsartan Lawsuit


What is Valsartan?

Valsartan (Diovan) is a popular medication prescribed by doctors to treat congestive heart failure (CHF) and high blood pressure. This drug is classified as an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) that is used to extend life longevity after a patient suffers a heart attack. Over 1.5 million people use this drug every day.

Doctors prescribed valsartan to patients who have previously suffered from heart failure because the medication is known to relax blood vessels and improve circulatory issues and blood flow. The medication helps to lower high blood pressure and can prevent kidney problems, heart issues and stroke.

The FDA recalled the generic versions of Valsartan after it was discovered that the drug was formulated with a chemical linked to cancer.

What Makes Valsartan Bad?

The FDA recalled Valsartan in July 2018 after finding the probable human carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) had contaminated the drug in a supplier’s facility. This carcinogenic substance has been linked to serious injuries such as an increased risk of liver, kidney, colorectal, stomach, and pancreatic cancer. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, NDMA was formerly used in the production of rocket fuel, antioxidants, additives for lubricants, and softeners for copolymers.

What does this Lawsuit allege?

In July 2018, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recalled the popular medication after it was discovered that the drug was formulated with a chemical linked to cancer. The federal agency was slow to respond and only recalled drug after 22 other countries had already taken action to remove the medication from their pharmaceutical shelves.

Who is responsible?

In 2018, investigators found NDMA was found in Valsartan tablets produced by three different facilities:  Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in China, Hetero Labs Limited, in India, and Zhejiang Tianyu, in China.

The principal defendants are the companies listed above and their U.S. affiliates: Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc., Solco Healthcare U.S. LLC, and Huahai U.S. Inc.

A number of pharmaceutical companies are involved, including:

  • Actavis
  • A-S Medication Solutions
  • AvKARE
  • Bryant Ranch Prepack
  • Camber Pharmaceuticals
  • Hetero Labs, Inc.
  • HJ Harkins Company
  • Major Pharmaceuticals
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • Northwind Pharmaceuticals
  • NuCare Pharmaceuticals
  • Preferred Pharmaceuticals
  • Prinston Pharmaceutical
  • RemedyRepack Inc.
  • Solco Healthcare
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited

Side Effects: The Injuries Caused by Valsartan

This case is broken down into two parts:

  1. Have you been diagnosed with the following cancers (for at least 1 year)?
    • Liver cancer
    • Kidney cancer
    • Stomach cancer
    • Intestinal/colon/colorectal cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
  1. Have you been taking this drug since 2011

If you or a loved one have been taking this drug for over 120 days since 2011 and have been diagnosed with any form of cancer listed above, please contact your primary physician and get tested immediately.

NOTE: DOUGLAS AND LONDON IS A LAW FIRM AND DOES NOT GIVE MEDICAL ADVICE OR DIAGNOSES. PLEASE CONTACT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL FOR ANY QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO INJURIES, SIDE EFFECTS AND A POSSIBLE DIAGNOSIS.

How Douglas & London can help?

Contact us if you or a loved one has taken Valsartan since 2011 until 2018 and has been diagnoses with the following side effects or injuries for at least a year:

  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Intestinal/colon/colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer

It’s worth exploring your legal rights and potential for compensation by contacting us on the web or calling us at (212) 566-7500. The legal consultation is free and you don’t pay unless we secure you compensation.

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