Valsartan and Cancer


By Sandra Dalton, Staff Writer

Since the first announcement in July 2018, the Valsartan recall has been expanded more than 50 times and includes two similar drugs, irbesartan and losartan. The reason for the recall is contamination with a cancer-causing substance called with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The risk of developing cancer from ongoing use of contaminated Valsartan is very real. And alarming number of Valsartan users have already been diagnosed. The danger of discontinuing the drug without switching to an alternative is also very real. In addition to certain cancers, contaminated Valsartan can cause other serious health problems including liver damage.

Dangers of NDMA Exposure

The risk of serious harm from contaminated Valsartan increases with the amount you’ve taken. The higher the dose and the longer you’ve been using it, the more likely you are to develop one or more of the following cancers:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer

Short-term exposure to NDMA can also cause serious harm and health problems including:

  • Liver problems including liver damage such as fibrosis and scarring
  • Kidney problems
  • Lung problems
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Fever

Valsartan Heart Medication

Valsartan is the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) used in making certain medications. As a finished product, is sold in generic form and under the brand name Diovan. It is in a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) and used to treat heart attack, congestive heart failure and high blood pressure.

At least 80% of APIs, for all drug, are produced in factories in China and India. Most of the Valsartan sold around the world, since 2012, has been manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical (ZHP), of China.

Compensation for Valsartan Injuries

If you have been diagnosed with liver, kidney, stomach or colorectal cancer after taking contaminated Valsartan for at least one year, you may be able to recover compensation.

Those who may be held liable for your injuries include:

  • Actavis
  • Aurobindo Pharma
  • Camber Pharmaceuticals
  • Major Pharmaceuticals
  • Mylan
  • Prinston Pharmaceutical
  • Solco Healthcare
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Torrent Pharma
  • Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical (ZHP)

In some states, the pharmacies which sold you the defective drug can also be held liable.

Damages can include your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more.

If you have developed cancer after taking contaminated Valsartan, you can learn more about your rights and how you can recover damages for your losses by contacting an experienced pharmaceutical injury attorney.

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