Valsartan Lawsuit Lawyer

Drug manufacturers need to maintain sanitary and immaculate environments to produce sterile products. The public places its trust in drug manufacturers to put quality products on the market that will heal and not induce excessive harm. These companies must practice utmost care when handling drugs to ensure the safety of the public, which should be their first priory. Recently, several pharmaceutical companies distributed Valsartan contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals. If you took Valsartan and subsequently developed an illness or injury, reach out today to learn about how a Valsartan lawsuit can help you.

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals who suffered injuries after receiving Valsartan. Lawsuits against the manufacturers of Valsartan claim that patients taking contaminated batches of Valsartan to treat high blood pressure may develop cancer.

What is Valsartan?

Valsartan is an antihypertensive drug used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and type II diabetes. Individuals take it orally, and the specific dosage depends on the patient’s condition. Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) and works to relax the blood vessels to allow blood to flow more easily. It does so by blocking a substance in the body that causes blood vessels to constrict. Doctors prescribe Valsartan to lower high blood pressure to prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. As Valsartan reduces high blood pressure, the heart will receive more blood and oxygen so that it may function better.

Valsartan Recall

On July 13, 2018, the FDA warned the public about a voluntary recall of several medications containing Valsartan. Drug manufacturers identified the chemicals, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) in Valsartan medications. Studies have shown that these chemicals cause cancer in animals and suggest that they may produce similar cancer results in humans. The FDA’s investigation disclosed the contaminants were likely introduced into the drug in the manufacturing process.

The affected medications included those manufactured with ingredients obtained from the Chinese company, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. Zhejiang Huahais a wholesale pharmaceutical lab that produces Valsartan and distributes it to drug companies in the U.S. Alarmingly, this plant supplies nearly half of all Valsartan in the U.S. Supposedly, the contamination occurred after the lab altered its method of synthesizing the drug a few years prior. Just a few months after the recall, Zhejiang Huahai found another carcinogenic chemical in the recalled medications called N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA). In some instances, companies knew that the medication was unsafe and could have warned users about the risks of contamination.

The EPA classified NMDA and NDEA as probable human carcinogens. Furthermore, in 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared that NDMA is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. By 2015, initial reports began to surface of users experiencing adverse conditions related to Valsartan. Patients reported complications with the liver, kidney, and intestines with some even developing liver and kidney cancer. Despite these reports, Valsartan companies did not conduct an investigation until years later

Since the initial recall, two other pharmaceutical wholesalers in China and India also reported levels of NDMA in their Valsartan products.

Valsartan Injuries

Valsartan contaminated with NDMA or NDEA is associated with several dangerous health complications. Patients who took Valsartan tat contained the toxic chemicals NDMA or NDEA may develop:

  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Bladder cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Stomach cancer

What Do We Know about Valsartan Lawsuits?

Valsartan is very popular in the United States, with an estimated 1.5 million Valsartan patients in 2018. Many people took this drug once or even twice daily years before the recall to control their blood pressure. But, this prolonged consistent exposure to NDMA and NDEA contaminated Valsartan may have led countless patients to develop cancers and other illnesses.

Individuals harmed by tainted Valsartan have filed claims against several pharmaceutical companies including Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Novel Laboratories Inc., Unichem Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Major Pharmaceuticals. Overall, these lawsuits target over 20 Valsartan manufacturers and distributors in claims of selling contaminated Valsartan and that the drug caused severe adverse health effects. As of July 2022, there are over 1,100 Valsartan lawsuits pending in a multi-district litigation in New Jersey.

Liability Law and Valsartan

  • Valsartan patients allege that manufacturers acted negligently in designing, manufacturing, and distributing the tainted medication.
  • Pharmaceutical companies failed to notify consumers about the defects that they knew or should have known about. Additionally, these companies chose not to warn consumers about the cancer risks posed by contaminated Valsartan.
  • Under a theory of strict liability, pharmaceutical companies may be held liable for injuries caused by Valsartan regardless of whether they were aware of the defect.

Can I Recover Compensation in a Valsartan Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one developed injury or illness after taking Valsartan, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Other economic losses related to your injury.

The Valsartan recall affected hundreds of batches and thousands of consumers. The European Medicines Agency discovered that manufacturing changes introduced by Zhejiang Huahai as far back as 2012 may have led to the NDMA impurity. Therefore, for six years patients likely ingested contaminated Valsartan daily. Lawsuits accuse manufacturers and distributors of placing an unreasonably dangerous drug on the market and jeopardizing the health of consumers. Numerous companies benefit from the drug’s lucrative performance in the drug market and make millions. However, victims argue that these Valsartan companies chose profits over the public’s safety. Valsartan manufacturers and distributors may be responsible for countless injuries, speak with us today to find out how you can pursue a Valsartan lawsuit.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 274-0139 or submit an inquiry on this page.