Valsartan Lawsuits - Liver Injuries & Cancer
The Valsartan lawsuits claim that numerous batches of Valsartan have been found to be contaminated with the cancer-causing substances N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), and/or N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid (NMBA).
Our law firm is accepting clients who took valsartan and have been diagnosed with liver, kidney, stomach, or intestinal cancer.
What we know about Valsartan lawsuits
Several drug companies have voluntarily recalled their blood pressure and heart medication that contains valsartan after it was discovered that the medication might have become contaminated in the Chinese and India manufacturing plants it was being produced.
The companies involved include Actavis; A-S Medication Solutions; AvKARE; Bryant Rank Prepack; Camber Pharmaceuticals; Hetero Labs, Inc.; HJ Harkins Company; Major Pharmaceuticals; Mylan Pharmaceuticals; Northwind Pharmaceuticals; NuCare Pharmaceuticals; Preferred Pharmaceuticals; Prinston Pharmaceutical; RemedyRepack Inc.; Solco Healthcare; Teva Pharmaceuticals; and Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited.
A complete list of the recalled products can be found at angiotensin II receptor blockers recall list.
The Key Legal Issues:
Valsartan (a generic version of Diovan) might have become contaminated with the chemicals N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), and/or N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid (NMBA) if produced by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals or Hetero Labs Limited. Potential injuries include liver damage, tumors, and cancer.
Valsartan Injuries & Side Effects:
Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), recent heart attacks, and heart failure.
Certain batches of valsartan produced by the Chinese company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals and the India company Hetero Labs Limited have been contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). This chemical is a known carcinogen.
Short-term exposure to NDMA can cause liver damage (such as liver fibrosis and scarring). Long-term exposure can increase the risk of liver, kidney, and lung tumors.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NDMA is not currently produced in pure form or commercially used in the United States, except for research purposes.
It was formerly used in production of liquid rocket fuel, antioxidants, additives for lubricants, and softeners for copolymers.
Symptoms of NDMA Overexposure
Symptoms of NDMA overexposure include headaches; fever; nausea; jaundice; vomiting; abdominal cramps; enlarged liver; reduced function of the liver, kidneys and lungs; and dizziness.
Compensation in a Valsartan Lawsuit:
If you were taking any of the valsartan medications contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine, and have experienced liver, kidney, stomach, or intestinal cancer, we will be seeking the following damages for you:
- Past and future medical expenses to treat your injuries.
- Past and future pain and suffering that results from your injuries, both from a physical and mental standpoint.
- Wage loss, if any.
- Other economic losses experienced because of your injuries.
Punitive damages, if appropriate.
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