When a doctor prescribes you medicine, you have every reason to expect that medicine to be safe and effective. Modern medicine can do miraculous things to help treat infections, battle diseases, and provide comfort. However, not all of the drugs on the market are as safe as their manufacturers would have us believe.
Valsartan, a popular drug used to treat high blood pressure, has recently been associated with serious, deadly side effects, including the increased risk of cancer. If you or someone you love has taken Valsatran, make sure you know the risks and discover your rights if you suffered any damage from the dangerous drug.
Valsartan is an ingredient used in many different medications created to treat high blood pressure, though it has also been used to help patients recovering from recent heart attacks and those with a risk of heart failure.
Known also by the brand name Diovan, Valsartan is manufactured and sold in drugs from several big pharmaceutical companies, including:
- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
- Solco Healthcare
- Major Pharmaceuticals
In 2018, nearly two dozen countries issued recalls involving thousands of batches of the drug Valsartran in its various forms. According to a press release by the FDA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had reason to believe several batches were contaminated by a potential carcinogen, N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. According to lab results, exposure to NDMA can increase an individual’s risk of developing certain cancers. As a result of this finding, several drug manufacturers have initiated a voluntary recall for drugs containing contaminated batches of Valsartan.
Due to this contamination, countless patients taking Diovan and other medicines containing Valsartan could be at risk of developing cancer. If you or someone you love has developed cancer after taking a drug containing Valsartan, our firm is prepared to help you build a case.
Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Liable
In cases of contaminated or dangerous drugs, it’s important to hold the drug manufacturers liable for their mistakes. Contaminations can happen for any number of reasons, including poor regulation, substandard testing, or faulty manufacturing. Whatever the case, the negligence or mistakes of big pharmaceutical companies could ultimately result in Valsartan patients developing severe, deadly cancers. If you find yourself dealing with a cancer diagnosis after taking Valsartan, make sure you know your legal rights.
Let Our Firm Help You
Our experienced Indiana, PA attorneys at Marcus & Mack understand how difficult it can be to deal with a medical complication brought on by a defective drug, and we want to help you. If you took a drug containing Valsartan and have recently been diagnosed with cancer, your illness could have been caused by a dangerous contamination. Those harmed by Valsartan could be eligible to receive compensation for damages, which may include medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.