Several drug companies have voluntarily recalled their blood pressure and heart medication containing valsartan. Researchers discovered that the drug is contaminated with the impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA. NDMA can cause cancer. Now, scientists pinpoint the full range of valsartan cancers and are also urging people to keep their potentially contaminated medications for testing.
Manufactured by Major Pharamascetucials, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and other companies, valsartan is a cardiovascular drug to treat high blood pressure or hypertension. The FDA approved the medication in adults and children aged 6 and up. The drug can also treat adults for heart failure along with reducing the risk of death in those who recently had a heart attack. It is available as a stand-alone medication or as valsartan HCTZ, which combines valsartan with the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. Common medications containing the valsartan are Diovan, Diovan HCT, Exforge, Exforge HCT or Entresto.
Multiple Valsartan Cancers
NDMA is so dangerous that researchers cannot even test the chemical on humans. However, in animal studies, they found multiple cancers developed. This is because when the body eats NDMA, it is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream before being processed by the stomach, colon, or bladder.
Therefore, humans ingesting contaminated valsartan could develop:
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Bladder cancer
Many victims also report liver injuries. Whereas cancer normally takes a year of use to develop, liver injuries can happen within 30 days of using contaminated valsartan.
Many people after taking valsartan are horrified to learn that their medication could have caused their cancer. Therefore, it is important to seek justice. These potentially cancer-causing drugs have been on the market for over 5 years. This is unacceptable. You should hold these manufacturers accountable.
We want to help send a message that this is not acceptable. If a dangerous product harmed you, we will be your advocate. Additionally, we have the experience necessary to successfully litigate these cases.
Contact the Michael Brady Lynch Firm today for a free consultation to learn more about seeking justice. Compensation may be available for any medical expenses associated with this ordeal, as well as for your physical and emotional suffering. There is no obligation.