As many as 1 out of 500 people in the United States using the heart medication, valsartan could develop cancer within a year of taking the drug. It is important to know the next steps after diagnosed with cancer from valsartan use.
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.
Important Valsartan Cancer Steps
After discovering you developed liver, kidney, colorectal, stomach or bladder cancer after using the medication valsartan, there are certain recommended steps to help receive the compensation you deserve.
Keep All Valsartan Medication
The first step after discovering valsartan could be responsible for your cancer is to save all your medication. Many people either throw it away or return it to the pharmacy. In order to prove that valsartan caused your cancer, a lab needs to test it for NDMA or NDEA. NDMA and NDEA happened during the manufacturing process of the drug and is extremely dangerous to humans. Researchers cannot even test the chemical on humans. However, in animal studies, NDMA or NDEA caused liver, kidney, colorectal, stomach or bladder cancer.
Since it is the manufacturer’s fault for contaminating valsartan, they hope people throw out the pills, so victims have a harder time at holding them accountable. Keeping your medication strengthens your case.
Make sure to save all medical records before your official liver, kidney, colorectal, stomach or bladder cancer diagnosis. These records can establish a link between your valsartan use leading up to developing cancer. Also, most people ingesting the NDMA-contaminated valsartan report having cancer after one year of using the heart medication.
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.