Valsartan Lawsuits: Kidney Cancer, Liver Cancer & Tumors
Commonly asked questions about Valsartan:
- What is Valsartan?
- What is NDMA?
- What are the serious side effects of NDMA-contaminated Valsartan?
- What are other complications of NDMA-contaminated Valsartan?
- Have pharmaceutical companies recalled Valsartan?
- Can I file a Valsartan lawsuit?
- Find a Valsartan lawyer
- Our no-fee promise on Valsartan cases
- How do I start a Valsartan claim?
What Is Valsartan?
Valsartan is a tetrazole derivative and angiotensin II type-1 receptor blocker that is the active ingredient in medications used to treat a variety of heart defects such as chronic heart failure, hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, and post-myocardial infarction. It was developed by Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company Novartis and is primarily distributed under the brand name Diovan.
Valsartan is administered in oral tablet or capsule form with the smallest dose being 40 mg and the largest being 320 mg. The capsules work to reduce the reabsorption of electrolytes in the kidneys, in addition to the reduction of vascular and myocardial contractions in order to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of heart complications.
Recently, the FDA has announced a voluntary recall of several medications that utilize valsartan as the primary ingredient following the detection of a probable human carcinogen, a substance capable of causing cancer, known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA was discovered in medications containing valsartan likely due to a manufacturing error.
What Is NDMA?
NDMA is a semivolatile organic chemical that forms in both industrial and natural processes, and although it is not produced in pure form or commercially used in the United States, it can be unintentionally produced from industrial sources through chemical reactions.
Animal studies have shown that NDMA can be toxic and cause tumors in the liver, kidney and respiratory tract. It can also be potentially harmful to humans in certain quantities. Exposure to high levels can cause liver damage and is a probable human carcinogen, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
According to the EPA, NDMA is a B2 probable human carcinogen whose classification is based on the induction of tumors in the liver, respiratory tract, kidney, and blood vessels. The FDA further estimates that consuming up to 96 nanograms of NDMA per day would result in at least one additional case of cancer for every 100,000 people.
Serious Side Effects Of NDMA-Contaminated Valsartan
Valsartan contaminated with NDMA has been found to cause several serious symptoms and side effects. The controversial drug is being recalled in 22 countries because it contains a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk, specifically kidney and liver cancer.
Kidney And Liver Cancer
As mentioned, the EPA classifies NDMA as a carcinogen—a cancer-causing substance. Additionally, the FDA estimates that if 8,000 people took the highest valsartan dosage of 320 mg from the recalled batches daily for the recommended time, there may be one additional case of cancer per 8,000 people.
If you or a loved one developed kidney or liver cancer while taking Valsartan, our dangerous drug attorneys will begin investigating immediately.
Reduced Function Of Liver And Kidneys
Valsartan is meant to treat a variety of cardiac conditions—primarily hypertension and cardiac failure. The medication does so by inhibiting the actions of angiotensin II — a labile vasoconstrictor which is found in many tissues such as vascular smooth muscle and adrenal glands.
This process utilizes kidney function to inhibit aldosterone-secreting effects that result in a decrease in vascular resistance and blood pressure. By inhibiting aldosterone secretion, the kidneys may also inhibit sodium and water reabsorption at the same time decreasing the excretion of potassium.
In addition to reduced renal function, Valsartan is broken down by the liver. In patients with an existing liver disease or reduced liver function, the medication may build up in the body and cause these conditions to worsen.
Tumors At Multiple Tissue Sites
According to the EPA, NDMA is a B2 probable human carcinogen who’s classification is the result of the discovery of tumors at multiple tissue sites.
Although these tumors have been discovered through several routes of exposure, the primary route has been oral consumption—standard method of administering medications that utilize Valsartan as the primary ingredient. Tumors that developed as a result of NDMA exposure occurred mainly of the liver, respiratory tract, kidney, and blood vessels.
What Are Other Complications Of NDMA-Contaminated Valsartan?
Potential symptoms of overexposure to NDMA include:
- Abdominal Cramps
- Enlarged Liver
- Severe Liver Damage
- Reduced Function of the liver, kidneys, and lungs
Other side effects of Valsartan include:
- Bloody or brown urine
- Decreased frequency of urine
- Irregular heartbeat
- Lower back or side pain
- Numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
- Sudden trouble with swallowing or breathing
Have Pharmaceutical Companies Recalled Valsartan?
The leading drug containing Valsartan as the active ingredient known as Diovan capsules and tablets were approved by the FDA on Aug. 14, 2002, and were filed under the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
The FDA granted Valsartan approval based on the treatment of heart failure in patients who are intolerant to the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor.
However, a recent recall of Valsartan was issued on July 17, 2018, based on the discovery of the cancer-causing substance known as N- nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The pharmaceutical distributors cited in the recall are:
- Major Pharmaceuticals
- Novartis Pharmaceuticals
- Solco Healthcare
- Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
Additionally, the following re-packagers are expected to recall Valsartan containing products:
- H. J. Harkins Company Inc. (this company was not originally included on either list)
- Lake Erie Medical, doing business as Quality Care Products LLC
- NuCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- Northwind Pharmaceuticals
- Proficient Rx
- Bryant Ranch Prepack Inc.
Pharmacies in the UK are advised to recall valsartan batches containing medicines made by Dexcel Pharma Ltd and Accord Healthcare. The recall involves about 2,300 batches that were sent to Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, France, Poland, Croatia, Lithuania, Greece, Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bahrain and Malta.
Can I File A Valsartan Lawsuit?
Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or a loved one developed kidney cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, or tumors while taking Valsartan.
Recalls of medications including Valsartan are ongoing, but patients who have taken the recommended dosages of Valsartan daily have been reported to have developed serious complications as a result.
Requests to launch class-action lawsuits against Pharmaceutical companies and distributors have already been filed for serious injury caused by this dangerous drug. You may be entitled to a settlement.
We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement, and we pay all of the case costs. We will help you file your lawsuit and keep you updated every step of the way.
Find A Valsartan Lawyer
Drug companies have highly paid, high-powered lawyers on their side. You need to match them with lawyers who have the skills, knowledge, and resources to fight them every step of the way.
Our Valsartan lawyers have formed a highly sophisticated legal team to win your case. We have years of experience litigating against pharmaceutical companies on behalf of plaintiffs like you, and therefore, we know how to build the strongest possible defense and win you the maximum settlement.
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When you choose us, we will handle the entire process from start to finish, keeping you informed along the way. Our staff will:
- Pay all cases costs and expenses ourselves
- Get your medical records & pharmacy records
- Get your medical bills
- Submit all required claim forms
- Recommend to you if you should join a class action or file your own case
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- Keep you regularly updated on important events
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Our No-Fee Promise on Valsartan Cases
You can afford to have our great team of lawyers on your side. When you choose us, it literally costs nothing to get started. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything.
We promise you in writing:
- No money to get started
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How Do I Start A Valsartan Claim?
Our drug lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-4722 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have a claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Valsartan kidney and liver cancer claims.