As many as three sperate companies have recalled high blood pressure and heart medications containing the active ingredient valsartan over concerns the drugs may be tainted by a cancer-causing substance N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).This issue is going back last four years, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Potential injuries include liver damage, tumors, and cancer.
The law firm of Dennis A. Lopez & Associatesis accepting clients who took valsartan and have been diagnosed with liver damage, tumors, or cancer.
Our law firm has over 30 years experience taking legal action against drug companies and protecting the right of people injured by dangerous drugs.
Valsartan Lawsuit Overview
The companies involved include Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. The specific drugs that have been recalled are listed at Valsartan Recall.
The contamination is being attributed to the facility’s manufacturing process dating back to 2012, according to a notice by the European Medicines Agency. The FDA told Drugwatch, “The amount of the impurity varies in the firm’s (active pharmaceutical ingredient) batches, but we believe some levels of the impurity may have been in the valsartan-containing products for as long as four years.”
Medical Issues and Side Effects caused by Valsartan
Short-term dosage to NDMA may cause liver damage (such as liver fibrosis and scarring). Long-term exposure can increase the risk of tumors in the liver, kidney, and lungs.
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 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 damage, tumor, or 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.
Question about the Valsartan Lawsuit
Please Contact Dennis A. Lopez & Associates today if you have taken these medication or have any question about the Valsartan lawsuit. Our attorneys will listen and help you understand your rights, call us today at (813) 223-1977 for a FREE consultation.