What’s the problem?
Manufactured by the China-based pharmaceutical company Zhejiang Huahai, Valsartan has been found to contain N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a chemical health authorities consider a likely human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance), according to a recall announcement the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
The agency originally recalled select lots of Valsartan last month, and has since twice expanded the action to include drugs made by other companies, as well as some tablets with valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ).
Zhejiang Huahai has issued at least 3 major recalls for valsartan products, along with Health Canada and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) conducting their own personal recalls.
In the U.S., FDA has recalled valsartan-containing products from the following companies:
- A-S Medication Solutions (labeled as Solco Healthcare)
- Bryant Ranch Prepack
- HJ Harkins Company
- Northwind Pharmaceuticals
- Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. (labeled as Solco Healthcare)
- Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. (some labeled as Actavis, some as Major Pharmaceuticals)
- A-S Medication Solutions
- Northwind Pharmaceuticals
- Prinston Pharmaceutical (labeled as Solco Healthcare)
- Proficient Rx
- Remedy Repack
- Teva Pharmaceuticals (some labeled as ACtavis)
FDA advises consumers who are taking a medication with valsartan to compare their prescription bottle to the agency’s list to determine whether their drugs have been recalled. Patients can also contact their pharmacist, who may be able to provide valsartan from a pharmaceutical company not involved in the recall.
Patients taking these medications should continue using them until their doctor or pharmacist has a replacement drug or treatment, FDA says.
Valsartan Side Effects
Our lawyers are investigating potential lawsuits for people who were diagnosed with the following types of cancer after taking valsartan:
- Stomach cancer
- Small intestine cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Prostate cancer (patient must be under the age of 65 at time of diagnosis)
- Liver cancer
- Blood cancer / Leukemia
- Bladder cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
What is NDMA?
All of the valsartan recalls were issued over concerns of potential contamination with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). NDMA is a semi-volatile organic chemical that belongs to the N-ni-trosamines family of potent carcinogens. The chemical is not currently produced in pure form or commercially used in the U.S., except for research purposes. It was formerly used in production of liquid rocket fuel, antioxidants, additives for lubricants and softeners for copolymers, according to the EPA.
Do I Have a Valsartan Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in valsartan lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new valsartan side effects cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one got cancer after taking valsartan, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.