Valsartan is a medication used to treat high blood pressure, ventricle dysfunction, and congestive heart failure.  The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of several medications that contain Valsartan as an active ingredient. The recall is due to an impurity known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen. Valsartan has been associated with liver damage, kidney tumors, and liver tumors, as well as numerous cancers, including:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Colon and colorectal cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Bladder cancer

The Recall

The recall covers Valsartan-based products manufactured by:

  • Major Pharmaceuticals
  • Actavis LLC
  • Solco Healthcare LLC
  • Prinston Pharmaceuticals
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals

Valsartan has the potential to increase a patient’s chances of living longer after a heart attack. The drug is known as an Angiotensin Receptor Blocker. These drugs block a hormone known as Angiotensin II. Too much Angiotensin can cause the body to retain too much fluid or to have elevated blood pressure levels. High Angiotensin levels can also cause the heart to grow, leading to heart failure.

Additional products recalled have been produced by:

  • AvKARE
  • RemedyRepack Inc.
  • A-S Medication Solutions LLC
  • Bryant Ranch Prepack Inc.
  • H J Harkins Company Inc. dba Pharma Pac
  • Northwind Pharmaceuticals
  • Hetero Labs, Inc.
  • NuCare Pharmaceuticals Inc
  • Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited

Warnings to Patients

The United States Department of Health and Human Services has stated that exposure to NDMA has caused health complications in numerous species of animals. These complications occurred primarily in the respiratory tract, liver, kidneys, and blood vessels. Exposure to NDMA can also reduce liver, kidney, and lung functions. Symptoms of potential overexposure to NDMA or NDMA poisoning include:

  • Headache/Dizziness
  • Abnormal Fever
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Joint Pain
  • Viral Infections
  • Hyperkalemia (Increased Potassium Levels)
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Back Pain
  • Coughing
  • Increased Blood Creatinine
  • Jaundice (Yellowing)
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Enlarged Liver

If you have been taking Valsartan and encountered medical issues, contact your doctor immediately. They may instruct you to stop taking the medication. Stopping Valsartan without medical supervision is not advised.

Protecting Your Rights as a Victim

At Graves McLain, we take on major pharmaceutical manufacturers on behalf of our clients. If you have been harmed by a defective or dangerous drug, call Graves McLain today. We will help you understand your rights as a victim.

If you or a loved one suffered harmful side effects after taking Valsartan, call Graves McLain right away at 918-359-6600. When you call, an experienced Tulsa, Oklahoma Defective Drug Attorney will speak with you for FREE and determine the best course of action. We review every detail of your case at no cost to you—and fight to protect your rights. At Graves McLain, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing until we win your case.

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