Valsartan Recall Lawsuits

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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Side effects of recalled valsartan may increase the risk of cancer, due to an impurity discovered in certain generic versions of the hypertension drug.

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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.

34 Comments

  • MichealleAugust 14, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    I've been on hydrochlorothiazide in the past for years. For my blood pressure. But now have been off of it for awhile. Since then have had gi issues with gallbladder removal and bleeding ulcer as well and alot..... of stomach and other pains. But, also Since then I was diagnosed precancerous of my colon as well as gerds with hyperthyroidism. Then I learned about the hydrochlorothiazide. I have be[Show More]I've been on hydrochlorothiazide in the past for years. For my blood pressure. But now have been off of it for awhile. Since then have had gi issues with gallbladder removal and bleeding ulcer as well and alot..... of stomach and other pains. But, also Since then I was diagnosed precancerous of my colon as well as gerds with hyperthyroidism. Then I learned about the hydrochlorothiazide. I have been emotional and mentally torn wondering if it was the medication and what next!!!! For I was overall healthy to all of this since taking it. I'm so mad and worried...

  • Mary KathyJanuary 14, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    I've taken LOSARTAN HTZ for several years. It was prescribed by previous PA & the dr left his practice for health reasons, leaving me w/o a dr, I got new PA in my current town. She kept me on Losartan & really worked to control my blood pressure. I asked her if this was safe to stay on & she replied yes! But being older & having other issues to deal with to hopefully get a knee replacement, I kin[Show More]I've taken LOSARTAN HTZ for several years. It was prescribed by previous PA & the dr left his practice for health reasons, leaving me w/o a dr, I got new PA in my current town. She kept me on Losartan & really worked to control my blood pressure. I asked her if this was safe to stay on & she replied yes! But being older & having other issues to deal with to hopefully get a knee replacement, I kind of thought my kidneys were working overtime. But now still take with my new dr in same practice that I needed to see & former PA was dropping hours of her practice & couldn't see her anyway!

  • AaronOctober 30, 2020 at 6:36 am

    I've been taking losartan over 2 years now I'm developing high signs of I now have severe kidney damage and problems I have a thyroid bad thyroid problems I know I have kidney damage now my doctor is saying possible cancer

  • AnthonyAugust 26, 2020 at 12:37 am

    I’ve been on Diovan since it came out I’ve had kidney cancer bladder cancer and prostate cancer while on this medication you do the math

  • linda annSeptember 11, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Im Very Worried, Please can I find out ,if I have been taking this Medication? I mean ,yes I have taken several versions of this Drug spanning over no less than 16 years. Dear God help me.I lived In Phoenix Az, and took the Diovan -WATER PILL / ADDITION- then relocated to Matawan NJ, Im not well, I just received a Colorectal Test, for blood, in stool. I have been taking this sooo long! Some one=[Show More]Im Very Worried, Please can I find out ,if I have been taking this Medication? I mean ,yes I have taken several versions of this Drug spanning over no less than 16 years. Dear God help me.I lived In Phoenix Az, and took the Diovan -WATER PILL / ADDITION- then relocated to Matawan NJ, Im not well, I just received a Colorectal Test, for blood, in stool. I have been taking this sooo long! Some one= Was Walgreens + CVS + Frys food store / In Az then NJ were they involved in this situation. My breathing is awful, and my tummy kills me. every waking hour,I am 59. have 6 grand children and 2 children. what should I do-how bad is this "N" stuff? please peace

  • MarilynJuly 10, 2019 at 1:41 am

    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.

  • zofiaFebruary 10, 2019 at 3:18 am

    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 reaso[Show More]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.

  • JavierJanuary 28, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    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.

  • BettyJanuary 20, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    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 [Show More]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.!!!!!!

  • DerrickJanuary 16, 2019 at 12:20 am

    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

  • jackieJanuary 9, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    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.

  • Mary VirginiaNovember 6, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    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.

  • PamOctober 23, 2018 at 1:29 am

    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 v[Show More]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.

  • MartaOctober 15, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    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.

  • JeanSeptember 14, 2018 at 10:47 pm

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

  • RubySeptember 14, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    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.

  • MELISSASeptember 14, 2018 at 3:52 am

    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 W[Show More]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

  • CliftonSeptember 8, 2018 at 1:41 am

    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.

  • dianeSeptember 4, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    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.

  • HelenAugust 27, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    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!

  • JeremyAugust 27, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    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.

  • edwardAugust 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    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.

  • Annie MAugust 17, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    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 Dio[Show More]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.

  • jeriAugust 13, 2018 at 6:05 pm

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

  • michaelAugust 11, 2018 at 5:27 pm

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

  • peterAugust 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    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.

  • AndreAugust 9, 2018 at 12:09 am

    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 !!!

  • JACKAugust 8, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    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?

  • johnAugust 6, 2018 at 6:23 pm

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

  • MarieAugust 6, 2018 at 5:41 pm

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

  • AnitaAugust 5, 2018 at 4:48 pm

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

  • DonnaAugust 4, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    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

  • SaraAugust 2, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    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.

  • mariaAugust 1, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    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.

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