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Valsartan recalled by FDA for impurity, NDMA

In July 2018, the FDA alerted doctors and patients of several drugs with the ingredient valsartan, used to treat high blood pressure. An impurity was found called NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine), commonly found in recalled drugs and products. While not all products with valsartan have been recalled, NDMA is a “probable human carcinogen,” classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is a substance that may cause cancer, based on lab results.

At Romanucci and Blandin, we are currently investigating valsartan lawsuits. If you or a loved one have taken valsartan blood pressure medication and have been diagnosed with tumors, cancer, or liver disease, contact us today.

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Various drug companies have pulled their drugs containing the active ingredient valsartan, used for high blood pressure and as a heart medication, due to its potential risk of contamination. These companies and their drug investigation include:

You can learn more about the specific drugs being recalled through the FDA’s Valsartan Recall list.

Valsartan, the generic ingredient of Diovan, may have been contaminated with the dangerous chemical NDMA if it was produced in Hetero Labs Limited from India or Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in China.

According to Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research,“We have carefully assessed the valsartan-containing medications sold in the United States, and we’ve found that the valsartan sold by these specific companies does not meet our safety standards. This is why we’ve asked these companies to take immediate action to protect patients.”

The FDA states that they will continue to investigate this problem and will report more information when it’s confirmed. Additionally, the FDA

“encourages patients and health care professionals to report any adverse reaction to the FDA’s MedWatch program.”

What should I do if I take a drug containing valsartan?

The FDA stresses that you should not stop taking your medication without consulting with your doctor first. The risks of stopping a medication abruptly without being prescribed a replacement drug is greater than the potential risk of NDMA exposure. Contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible to discuss other medication options.

What are the symptoms of NDMA exposure?

Overexposure of the harmful chemical N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) includes: nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain or cramps, fever and headaches, reduced lung, kidney, and liver function, and dizziness.

Why is NDMA harmful?

NDMA is a known carcinogen, previously used to produce rocket fuel, softeners for copolymers, and as a lubricant additive.

Valsartan lawsuit compensation

We are currently seeking damages for patients diagnosed with cancer, liver disease, or tumors who have taken valsartan that was contaminated with the known carcinogen, NDMA. Reparations may include:

Free Valsartan case consultation

If you or a loved one have taken valsartan blood pressure medication and have been diagnosed with tumors, cancer, or liver disease, calls us at (312) 458-1000. Our Valsartan lawsuit experts are standing by to listen to you, answer your questions, and review your potential case at no cost to you. We work on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we recover damages for you.

Valsartan lawsuit resources

According to CNN, “The FDA action came after 22 other countries issued recalls involving 2,300 valsartan batches sent to Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, France, Poland, Croatia, Lithuania, Greece, Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bahrain and Malta.” CNN shares 4 things you should know if you’ve taken valsartan – read more here

Dr. Levar in this New York Times article states that “It’s not just valsartan…It’s becoming very difficult for me to write prescriptions at all. There are so many drugs that are coming in from India and China and companies are buying and selling each other and you don’t know what’s what.” Read more here

FDA’s official press release: FDA announces voluntary recall of several medicines containing valsartan following detection of an impurity. Read more here

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