Diovan may be contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a chemical that has been linked to cancer, if the valstaran contained in it was produced by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals or Hetero Labs Limited, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by the side effects of Diovan or other valsartan drug, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What is Diovan?
Diovan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), which reduces the risk of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events, primarily stroke and heart attack (myocardial infarction, or MI). The drug may also be used for the treatment of heart failure, and to reduce cardiovascular mortality in clinically stable patients with left ventricular failure or left ventricular dysfunction following a heart attack.
The Valsartan recall occurred after Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals identified the presence of NDMA in the products. It is believed that the company’s production of valsartan could have become contaminated with NDMA starting in 2012, after the company changed its manufacturing process.
“The presence of NDMA was unexpected,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. “Our drug shortages team is also working hard to ensure patients’ therapeutic needs are met in the United States with an adequate supply of unaffected medications.”
Click on the following list to view a complete list of valsartan drugs affected by the recall.
NDMA Cancer Risk: Symptoms of Exposure
Symptoms of overexposure to NDMA may include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Enlarged liver
- Reduced function of the liver, kidneys and lungs
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Diovan Side Effects
- Liver damage
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss
- Swelling of the skin (lips and eyes)
Less severe side effects may include:
- Tired feeling (malaise)
- Flu symptoms
- Stomach pain
- Back pain
- Joint pain
Can I File a Diovan Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against the maker of Diovan, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of Diovan, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of cancer associated with valsartan.
Do I Have a Diovan Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Diovan lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with cancer and feel that Diovan may be to blame, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.