Helping Las Vegas Recover After Taking Contaminated Blood Pressure Medication
Have you taken the recalled heart and blood pressure medication Valsartan? Van Law Firm is currently investigating injury claims resulting from the link between medications containing Valsartan and lung, kidney, and liver cancers. Ensuring your recovery is a success is our priority. We handle all Valsartan cases on a contingency basis and we assume the financial risk of pursuing damages on behalf of victims in Nevada.
If you were diagnosed with cancer after taking Valsartan, reach out to defective product attorney Sandy Van at 702-529-1011 or submit your information through our online form.
Uncovering the Link Between Valsartan and Cancer
Available as a stand-alone medication and in medications that combine the drug with the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, Valsartan is intended to reduce constriction of blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more freely. Unfortunately, patients taking medications containing Valsartan have developed serious side effects including various types of cancer.
Investigation into the side effects revealed that the manufacturers failed to conduct adequate testing to ensure that the drugs were safe for consumers. Many of these medications have tested positive for unsafe levels of the chemical N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)- a known carcinogen. While contamination was discovered in 2018, patients may have been exposed as early as 2012.
In July 2018, the FDA issued recalls of numerous brands of these drugs. The investigation into Valsartan contamination is still underway and the list of recalled blood pressure medications continues to grow. Some of the brands that have been recalled include:
- Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc.
- Hetero Labs, Inc. labeled as Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc
- Major Pharmaceuticals
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals
- Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. labeled as Solco Healthcare LLC.
- Rising Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Labeled as Acetris Health, LLC;
- Solco Healthcare
- Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
- Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited
The contaminated lots were manufactured in India at Hetero Labs Limited and at Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in Linhai, China. The defective pills were distributed to countries all over the world.
Symptoms of Exposure to NDMA
The side effects of long-term exposure to NDMA are not well understood and there is no routine lab test to determine the amount of NDMA in a person’s system. People who have been exposed to unsafe levels of this chemical, however, commonly exhibit the following symptoms.
- Reduced functioning of the lungs, liver and kidneys
- Enlarged liver
- Nausea, vomiting, or abdominal cramps
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
- Skin changes
If you took any form of Valsartan after 2012 and you’ve experienced these or other symptoms, you should discuss your condition with your doctor. If you’re diagnosed with cancer or other serious injuries that can be linked to the contaminated medication, you may be eligible for compensation.
Most Valsartan injury cases settle out of court. If we take your case to trial, however, we will likely pursue punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. These damages are designed to punish the drugmakers for their negligence. In many cases, punitive damage awards are much higher than compensatory damages.
To make the most of your Valsartan injury claim, call Van Law Firm at 702-529-1011.