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In July 2018, it was discovered that certain generic valsartan pills sold for years may contain impurities that increase the risk of users developing liver cancer, kidney cancer and other side effects. 

STATUS OF VALSARTAN LAWSUITS: Lawyers are reviewing potential claims for individuals who may be entitled to compensation through a valsartan lawsuit, after experiencing any of the following injuries:

  • Liver Attack or Liver Injury Resulting in Hospitalization
  • Liver Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Abdominal Cancer
  • Other Side Effects

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OVERVIEW: Diovan (valsartan) was first approved in 1996 as a drug to treat hypertension or blood pressure. It belongs to a class of drugs known as angiontensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), and has been widely available as generic valsartan for years.

In mid-2018, it was discovered that certain versions of generic valsartan and valsartan HCTZ distributed worldwide may contain an impurity known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a known cancer-causing agent.

The first valsartan recalls were announced by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in early July 2018, impacting several products which used active ingredients manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in China.

The FDA issued a similar valsartan recall days later, indicating that the NDMA was likely a result of the manufacturing process.

NDMA is identified as a cancer-causing agent by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other government agencies worldwide. The U.S. has legal limits of how much NDMA can be in drinking water. It has been linked to an increased risk of liver cancer, and is suspected of increasing the risks of kidney cancer and lung cancer as well. EPA determined that consuming up to 96 nanograms of NDMA per day is considered reasonably safe for human ingestion. The recalled pills far exceeded that level, according to FDA investigators.

A case study published in January warned that valsartan side effects could be linked to an increased risk of melanoma.

Since the initial recalls, a number of additional recalls of valsartan and similar drugs have been announced due to the presence of two similar impurities, n-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) and N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA).

MANUFACTURERS AND REPACKAGERS OF RECALLED VALSARTAN: Teva Pharmaceuticals, Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc., Major Pharmaceuticals, Actavis Inc., A-S Medication Solutions LLC., AvKARE, Remedy,Repack.

Investigations have found that some generic valsartan may have had the NDMA impurity for as long as four years. This has resulted in widespread concerns among patients and the medical community.

Due to concerns about the link between various types of valsartan and cancer, the FDA has issued a list of valsartan products that are not recalled.

FIND OUT IF YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A VALSARTAN CANCER LAWSUIT: As a result of the drug manufacturers’ failure to adequately ensure the purity of their products or warn about the risks associated with their medications, valsartan injury lawyers are evaluating whether users may be entitled to compensation through a product liability lawsuit.

To request a free consultation and claim evaluation to determine whether you, a friend or family member may be entitled to financial compensation through a lawsuit, submit information about a potential valsartan lawsuit for review by a lawyer.

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29 comments

  1. maria Reply

    i have been taking valsartanfor some time now andvery upset about damage it may have done. i am also angry and want compensation for emotional distress and anxiety plus if i have cancer.

  2. Sara Reply

    Just to let others know I am also very upset about this recall. I am very worried about my health and my future health. I have been taking this drug since 2015 and I am frankly afraid.

  3. Donna Reply

    Also been taking this medicine concerned about health issues and everyone should this is our health! The one I took was from the batch that was contaminated this needs to fixed an how it effected our family’s if Canada can stand up for their familys we sure can too

  4. Anita Reply

    Have had evidence of most of the side effects.
    Difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, sweating, diarrhea, cough, loss appetite, weight loss and unusual hoarseness.

  5. Marie Reply

    Already had cancer very afraid of what it can do now.

  6. john Reply

    Was taking Valsarten sine 2015 have not felt right since crazy side effects that never went away

  7. JACK Reply

    My feelings exactly Maria and Sara. Where has the FDA been during the many years this product has been on the market by these manufacturers?

  8. Andre Reply

    I have been taking Valsartan for almost 7 years and the news that I have been receiving has caused me to be extremely rattled for the first time in my life, to think that a drug designed to help preserve life could be the drug to take your life is enough to cause stress and anxiety and now I am terrified when nothing else could shake me this has !!!

  9. peter Reply

    I have been taking Valsartan for many years. I learned that it affects the liver function and once after only 2 drinks I passed out. I am very worried that it could have been due to valsartan. I am worried about my health and my future health.

  10. michael Reply

    been a valsartan patient for many yrs,had kidney cancer which resulted in a rt nephrectomy and now have prostate cancer

  11. jeri Reply

    I have had lung surgery for cancer and was on valsartan since 2016 and would like to be compensation too

  12. Annie M Reply

    I was taking Diovan/HCTZ for about 10 years. Due to having a chronic cough, I was switched to Valsartan/HCTZ for the same Hypertension and enlarged heart. My cough continued. I was sent to a Lung specialist who sent me for a CT scan which discovered that I had lung cancer and huge cyst on my left kidney. It completely covered my kidney so I had to have my kidney removed.So I have been taking Diovan /Valsartan and HTCZ for the past 20 years until now today when I found out from a doctor I went to for another cough that there is a recall on Valsartan. I would like to be in on any compensation too.

  13. edward Reply

    Have been taking valsartan for years. I’ve had kidney and stomach pain since taking the drug. I would like more information from the drug manufacturer.

  14. Jeremy Reply

    Been on Valsartan for 7 years and diagnosed with cancer 5 years ago and I am 4 years cancer free so far. Hopefully, I dont get the side effect of leukemia around the twenty year mark from the chemo I was on.

  15. Helen Reply

    Been taking Valsartan since early 2013. Most came from Solco Healthcare. No family history of any cancer yet I came down with TWO separate, unrelated primary cancer sites. Now suffering from chemo treatment of both. Events have been life changing and not for the better!

  16. diane Reply

    Hi I am extremely concerned and suggest we all join in on a Class action Lawsuit. I have been taking this Valsartin medication since 2008. I am taking 320 HCT, 12.5 Mg. If anyone has started or is involved in a Class Action Lawsuit please contact me as I would like to join. I am very concerned about my future health since I have taken this medicine for 10 Years.

  17. Clifton Reply

    I’am concerned because I have been taking Valsartin for approx , 2 1/2 years, was just told to not take anymore as of 9/1/18. I am now taking Losartin.

  18. MELISSA Reply

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN;

    I HAVE BEEN TAKEN VALSARTAN FOR MY HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE FOR AROUND TWO YEARS OR SO, UNTIL I RECEIVED A LETTER IN THE MAIL STATING THAT VALSARTAN WAS RECALLED, DUE TO THE FACT THAT IT CAN CAUSE CANCER, AND FOR ME TO NOTIFY MY DOCTOR, WHICH I DID. HOWEVER, I DID NOT CALL MY DOCTOR THE SAME DAY, BECAUSE I NEEDED TO CALM DOWN MENTALLY, BEFORE I ACTUALLY CALLED MY DOCTOR WHICH WAS THE NEXT DAY!!

    I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT UPON READING THE RECALL LETTER FOR THE PHARMACY THAT REFILL MY PRECRIPTIONS, I WAS VERY SCARED AND SHOCKED AS WELL, AS ANY HUMAM BEING WOULD BE!!

    THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS, I GET TEXT MESSAGE FROM PHARMACY STATING THAT MY PRECRIPTION WAS READY FOR PICK UP, WHICH WAS A NEW MEDICINE IN PLACE OF THE VALSARTAN THAT HAS BEEN RECALLED..

    NOW I KNOW WHY I HAVE BEEN FIEELING BAD IN MY BODY FOR QUITE SOMETIME NOW. THE MUSCLES IN MY LEGS, (SOMETIMES, BUT NOT ALL THE TIME) FEELS LIKE THEY JUMP OUT AND RUN AWAY!! I FEEL NAUSEOUS MORE OFTEN THAN NOT. PULSATING HEAD ACHES, LOWER BACK ACHES, THE MUSCLES IN MY LEGS FEELS LIKE THEY ARE WANTING DESPARATELY TO GET OUT OF MY BODY, AND (AS IF THAT ISNT ENOUGH) THE WORST FEEING OF ALL IS THE EXCRUCIATING PAIN IN MY STOMACH, THAT SEEMS TO GET WORSE AND WORSE.

    I HAD TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM FOR THE PAIN IN MY STOMACH A FEW TIMES BUT NEVER ADMITTED.

    MY DOCTOR ORDERED ABDOMINAL TC SCAN TEST FOR ME TO TAKE. DATE AND TIME OF MY APPOINTMENT IS TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 14TH. 3:30 PM. I AM EXTREMELY CONCERNED AND NERVOUS ABOUT IT!!!!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE TO READ THIS EMAIL.

    RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED,

    MELISSA

  19. Ruby Reply

    I have been taking Diovan/Valsartan for since 2002 at least. Have been diagnosed with multiple problem’s, such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Congested Heart failure, had two breast biopsy and several other conditions.

  20. Jean Reply

    I too am on that medication, no one got in touch with me regarding the recall. No wonder I feel so disoriented

  21. Marta Reply

    I have been taking this and I take a bunch of other medications. This is my worry, not just Diovan, but the effects of all the other “CHEMICALS” that are being processed through my liver then excreted through the kidneys. I am sure that this very wealthy chemical company should have funds available for people who have become fearful of what happens next.

  22. Pam Reply

    I have been taking Valsartin for about two years and know for sure that it was in recalled batch for at least a year and a half. I have the old bottles that are the manufacturers bottles and not the brown pharmacy bottles. The pharmacy sent me a letter so I stopped taking it and switched to a different drug right away.
    When I talked to my Dr about the recall, he didn’t even know about it! Im very upset about this development. My husband is currently going through cancer treatment for the 3rd time. Im stressed enough without this additional potential problem.

  23. Mary Virginia Reply

    I have took the Medication for 5years, I am afraid what might come upon me. Got little knots all over my body. What will happen next. I think all that took the med. should be given something for just taking the pills. Valsartan.

  24. jackie Reply

    I have been taking this medicine for about 3 yrs and I am so scared to even see my dr for what he might tell me. we all need to join in on a class action lawsuit. lets get together and do something about this asap. praying for everyone of you.

  25. Derrick Reply

    I two have taken this medication and have systems and contracted rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions I would lime to be apart of the classroom lawsuit

  26. Betty Reply

    I am really upset that i had to hear about this recall from a TV report. Nothing from my pharmacist, doctor, or from the manufacturer. My main complaint for the past few months is fatigue and a continuing cough which I thought was asthma but now I wonder. It is very unusual for asthma to continue for months while I’m taking nebulizer treatments. I think it is ludicrous that there is a shortage of this dangerous medication and a price increase because of the recall. Does this make sense. I am upset.!!!!!!

  27. Javier Reply

    My mother took this medication for 5 years end of 2017 she was diagnosed with kidney Cancer She had surgery to attempt to remove the cist from her kidneys and was successful but doctors continues to monitor her kidneys.

  28. zofia Reply

    My husband took valsartan 2016 2017 2018 and his were contaminated. October 2018 he was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. It was in his abdomen. The odd thing is that over 99% of Burkitt’s patients are either African children or people who are HIV positive. My husband is neither. It almost killed him it still may he is finishing up very intense and toxic chemo in Feb. 2019. There is no sane reason for him to get this cancer.

  29. Marilyn Reply

    I have taken Valsartan for at least 5 years and would like to know how to know how to identify the contaminated batches and their place of origin. Also, can xrays of the abdomen show cancers before they become large? I feel I should start looking now before a small problem has time to become a larger one.

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