Valsartan is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in both adults and children (ages 6 to 16). The drug is also used to treat heart failure and to increase the chance of living longer after a heart attack in adults. Valsartan is manufactured and distributed by Major Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Although medications such as Valsartan are used to treat patients with high blood pressure, the drug has been reportedly linked to serious side effects that may affect the liver. Likewise, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated that trace amounts of a “probable human carcinogen” known as N- nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) were found in several products containing valsartan.
Common side effects of valsartan include:
Stomach (abdominal) pain
When used to treat patients with heart failure, the most common side effects were dizziness, low blood pressure, diarrhea, joint and back pain, tiredness, and high blood potassium. Other serious risks have been linked to the drug when used to treat high blood pressure, including injury or death to an unborn baby, impaired renal function, and hyperkalemia (increase in potassium).
In July 2018, the FDA announced that a voluntary recall of several medications containing valsartan had been issued following the “detection of an impurity.” In their announcement, the FDA noted that the impurity found in the recalled products (known as NDMA) is classified as a substance that could potentially cause cancer.
Since the voluntary recall was issued in 2018, thousands of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of plaintiffs who claim to have developed a number of injuries linked to the drug, including injuries affecting the liver, liver cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, abdominal cancer and other serious injuries. According to these lawsuits, injuries linked to the use of the drug were allegedly caused by N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), impurities found in the drug that have been reportedly known to cause certain types of cancer.
A personal injury lawyer can help in a variety of ways. If you have been injured by valsartan or a similar drug, contact a personal injury attorney at the Linville Law Group today.
You may be eligible to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Family members of those who have died may also be eligible to recover compensation for damages, including funeral expenses and the pain of losing a loved one.
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