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Valsartan Users at Risk from Recall

FDA officials revealed specific strains of valsartan, the popular blood pressure medication, were tainted with harmful substances during the manufacturing process.AVA Law Group is currently examining cases on behalf of valsartan users who became sick after taking contaminated valsartan medication. If you or a loved one has suffered severe health problems from valsartan use, you may be entitled to compensation. 

Background

Valsartan, the generic version of name-brand medication Diovan, is a medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure in patients. Some use valsartan to help improve one's chances of living longer after enduring a heart attack. Valsartan belongs to the drug class known as angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and works as a hypertension prescription by relaxing blood vessels to ease patients' blood flow. Valsartan HCTZ is a comination of valsartan and hydrochlorothizide, a "water pill" or diuretic that causes patients to create more urine and get rid of extra salt and water from the body. 

What Went Wrong?

In July 2018 the FDA recalled several strains of the blood pressure medication valsartan and valsartan HCTZ after discovering deadly drug impurities. In the last few years, valsartan generic manufacturers, primarily China-based Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, synthesized batches of valsartan using a different manufacturing process. Allegedly, the manufacturing process meant to increase product yield, therefore increasing the company's profit. However, the new process gave up the safeness of valsartan for the quantity of the drug manufacturers could produce.

Hazardous Valsartan Byproducts

Unsurprisingly, a deadly byproduct resulted from generic manufacturers' poor manufacturing choices. FDA investigators uncovered dangerously high levels of  known human carcinogens in specific strains of valsartan. These carcinogens, N-nitrodimethylamine (NDMA) and N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), appear to be an impurity directly related to the manufacturing process.

NDMA and NDEA have been tied to an increased risk of serious health concerns. The FDA related that the levels of NDMA present in specific strains of valsartan exceed the maximum "safe" daily limit of NDMA as dictated by the EPA. Though the FDA reported their findings of valsartan impurities July 13, 2018, evidence suggests that impure batches of valsartan have been distributed for four years at least, dating back to 2014.

Side Effects of Impure Valsartan

Liver attack or liver injury
Liver cancer
Kidney cancer
Lung cancer
Bladder cancer
Stomach cancer
Other digestive tract cancers

MORE THAN 60 MILLION AMERICAN PATIENTS COULD BE IMPACTED BY IMPURE VALSARTAN PILLS!

Companies Linked to Impure Valsartan

Reports traced impure batches to as early as 2014 and linked them to the list of pharmaceutical companies below.

MAJOR PHARMACEUTICALS

SOLCO HEALTHCARE

TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS INDUSTRIES LTD.

PRINSTON PHARMACEUTICAL INC.

ACTAVIS INC.

A-S MEDICATION SOLUTIONS LLC

AvKARE

REPACK

WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE

Valsartan Users: Next Steps

The FDA recommends users to continue taking valsartan until they have a replacement and encourages users to contact their health care professional immediately if their strain of valsartan is included in the recall. Although Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals and other generic manufactures have stopped distributing valsartan with the deadly active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), millions of people are at risk for their grave mistake. 

Valsartan Lawsuits: Why Act Now?

Thousands of valsartan patients across the country are filing lawsuits against valsartan manufacturers for the cost of, essentially, useless and harmful medication. The recall caused a shortage of the drug and an increased price in competitors of valsartan. Reports state that valsartan recalls led to a severe spike in valsartan prices; the price of 160mg and 80mg tablets of generic valsartan more than doubled in September 2018! 

Victims filing valsartan lawsuits across the U.S.  are not only seeking damages for the cost of recalled drugs, but for medical monitoring for serious health conditions they will need to closely watch for the rest of their lives. Some lawsuits against generic valsartan manufacturers allege that the prescription companies knew for years that their new manufacturing process could result in deadly chemical byproducts and knowingly did nothing and failed to warn the public of the health risks. 

Contact AVA Law Group Today

Innocent dependents on necessary medication should NOT be forced to suffer due to someone’s sacrifice of quality for quantity. AVA Law Group is dedicated to helping you and loved ones seek legal compensation for health problems, cost of recalled drugs, and medical monitoring caused by the contaminated pills. Our representatives desire to connect you with the legal expertise you deserve so you can focus on healing. 
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