Valsartan is an ARB (angiotensin-receptor blocker) which is prescribed to patients with high blood pressure (hypertension) or congestive heart failure. It was first approved in many European countries in 1996, and in the US in 1997. Valsartan is designed to reduce blood pressure and the risk of heart failure.
Since its approval in the US, Valsartan has faced widespread recalls due to the discovery of possible human carcinogens in many products which contain it. Although the contamination was discovered in July 2018, medical journals such as The BMJ claim that this possible carcinogen may have been contaminating Valsartan for years, putting many hypertension patients at risk of developing cancer.
Valsartan carries the risk of kidney failure, liver failure, a lowered white blood cell count, and angioedema, the swelling of certain tissues in the body.
Our lawyers are investigating cases for patients who have taken Valsartan and have subsequently been diagnosed with cancer. If you or a loved one has received such a diagnosis after taking Valsartan, please contact us at your earliest opportunity to speak to an experienced attorney about your options and see if you are eligible for compensation.
What Are Valsartan’s side effects?
Much like other ARBs, taking Valsartan carries the risk of kidney failure, liver failure, a lowered white blood cell count, and angioedema, the swelling of certain tissues in the body. According to The Mayo Clinic, users of Valsartan may experience the following side effects:
- Head congestion
ARBs have been associated with birth defects and should not be taken by pregnant women for this reason.
Has There Been a Valsartan recall?
Many drugs which contain the generic version of Valsartan have been recalled in the US, but not all of them. Whether or not a specific Valsartan product is affected by this recall is dependent on the source of its manufacturing and whether or not that source exposed the drug to contamination.
The reason for such recalls is due to the presence of NDMA, classified as a possible human carcinogen, in many Valsartan products. The EPA claims that this harmful chemical may also cause liver damage at high enough levels.
What do Valsartan Lawsuits Allege?
Patients who were prescribed generic Valsartan claim that drug manufacturers displayed willful disregard for the required safety procedures at the plant where contamination occurred, undiscovered for years until revealed by random testing.
Who can File a Valsartan Lawsuit?
Any patient who has taken Valsartan as prescribed by their doctor and has since been diagnosed with cancer might be eligible for legal action against Valsartan manufacturers. A lawsuit verdict or settlement may provide compensation for financial and non-financial losses caused by taking Valsartan.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
While it is possible for individuals whom Valsartan might have injured to go it alone without knowledgeable representation, those who do so run the risk of receiving an unfair settlement.
Because drug manufacturers have large amounts of money to spend on legal representation, going up against them as an individual can be intimidating and difficult. With an experienced attorney and a law firm with massive resources on your side, you can have the best chance to stand up to these large companies and optimize your chances of being fully compensated.
What Can I Get in a Valsartan Lawsuit?
Patients who file a lawsuit could potentially get the following if the case is resolved successfully:
- Compensation for Pain and suffering
- Compensation for Medical bills
- Lost wages and other financial losses
- Funeral expenses in the event of a loved one’s death
What Can I Do if I’m Affected?
If you have been diagnosed with cancer after taking Valsartan, you might want to reach out to a knowledgeable attorney who can help you assess your options. Because the time window to file a lawsuit is limited, if you do not take advantage of this option, you may not have that option in the future.
When you speak to one of our attorneys, it will come at no cost or risk to you unless we win your case.
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