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Last July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled Valsartan, a drug used to treat congestive heart failure and high blood pressure. Valsartan’s recall was necessary because the drug could pose a significant risk of cancer for patients. The recall represents one of the largest class 1 recalls in the history of the FDA. A class 1 recall means that there is a reasonable probability that the use of a drug will cause health problems or death. Approximately 2,000,000 Americans received letters informing them of the recall.
If you or a loved one have been affected by taking this drug, do not hesitate to call the Valsartan lawsuit attorneys at Arnold & Itkin today at (888) 493-1629. We have helped hundreds who’ve suffered because of a faulty pharmaceutical product, and we’ve won billions of dollars for clients.
Valsartan Injury FAQ
What Is Valsartan?
Valsartan is a widely-used medication for the treatment of congestive heart failure and high blood pressure. As an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), the drug treats high blood pressure or heart failure by enlarging blood vessels and reducing blood pressure, enabling the heart to function more efficiently.
The following drugs are classified as ARBs:
Why Is the Recall of Valsartan So Serious?
Anytime medication gets recalled, the medical community and patients must pay attention to the dangers presented by the faulty product. In this instance, officials recalled Valsartan because of a contaminant found inside batches of Valsartan and related products already in use. Officials found that the drug contained an impurity of N-Nitrosodidimethylamine (NDMA), which the EPA classifies as a probable carcinogen.
Companies with Valsartan products recalled by the FDA include the following:
- American Health Packaging
- A-S Medication Solutions LLC
- Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc
- Bryant Ranch Prepack Inc
- H J Harkins Company Inc. dba Pharma Pac
- Hetero Labs, Inc. labeled as Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc
- Major Pharmaceuticals
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals
- Northwind Pharmaceuticals
- NuCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- Preferred Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. labeled as Solco Healthcare LLC
- RemedyRepack, Inc
- Rising Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- Solco Healthcare
- Teva Pharmaceuticals labeled as Major Pharmaceuticals
- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA labeled as Actavis
- Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited
In a recent study, the British Medical Journal found that those exposed to NDMA from Valsartan received a dose which “far exceeded regulatory exposure limits.” The study claims that the contaminated Valsartan came from products made by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in Linhai, China. The contamination seems to be a result of a change in the manufacturing process implemented by the company in 2012.
What Are the Side Effects of Valsartan?
Officials are currently cataloging the side effects of Valsartan. NDMA causes the most damage to the liver as it filters NDMA from the blood. Those exposed to NDMA may experience headaches, fever, nausea, vomiting, cramps, an enlarged liver, and reduced organ function.
Those exposed to NDMA may be at risk of the following:
- Liver cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Stomach cancer
If You’ve Been Exposed to NDMA, Call Our Attorneys at (888) 493-1629
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