Valsartan Class Action Lawsuits
Blood pressure medications impose potentially deadly blood cancer risk.
History of Valsartan
Valsartan is a generic name for a type of blood pressure medication known as angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARB’s. ARB’s were first approved for the American drug market by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in the 1990s under the name Losartan – and from there, several other types of ARB drugs were developed.
Initially, drugs like Valsartan proved extremely useful in blocking the effect of the damaging hormone known as “angiotensin II” – which in turn lowers blood pressure. ARB’s are prescribed routinely in those suffering from conditions like mild to moderate hypertension, kidney malfunction secondary to diabetes, chronic heart failure, and as a method to prevent stroke in those considered at-risk.
While drugs like Valsartan continue to remain on the market as ARB treatment for high blood pressure, certain lots of this drug from a variety of manufacturers have been recalled due to the presence of impurities with human carcinogenic (cancer-causing) propensity.
Side Effects & Impurities
Healthcare providers continue to date to prescribe Valsartan to patients with certain medical needs. However, issues with Valsartan began to emerge in June 2018 via routine mandatory testing of these drugs. While these impurities were categorized as “unexpected,” ARB drugs including Valsartan were found to contain powerfully harmful impurities known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (“NDMA”) and N-Nitrosodiethylamine (“NDEA”). A third impurity, known as N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (“NMBA”) was also discovered but may introduce a lower risk of cancer.
Once discovered, the FDA moved to issue immediate recalls of not only Valsartan but many of its counterpart ARB drugs as well. Side effects of ingesting impurities like NDMA, NDEA, or NMBA could include any of the following:
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Did You Take Valsartan?
If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans potentially exposed to dangerous carcinogenic impurities in a drug you thought was meant to help you, there may be relief in sight. If you believe Valsartan, Diovan or any other ARB caused the onset of cancer, liver or kidney problems, please give us a call right away.