All of the valsartan recalls were issued over concerns of potential contamination with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). NDMA is a semivolatile organic chemical that belongs to the N-ni-trosamines family of potent carcinogens. The chemical is not currently produced in pure form or commercially used in the U.S., except for research purposes. It was formerly used in production of liquid rocket fuel, antioxidants, additives for lubricants and softeners for copolymers, according to the EPA.
What is Valsartan?
Valsartan is an FDA-approved medicine used to control blood pressure and prevent heart failure. The drug was initially cleared by the FDA in 2003, and then went off-patent in 2012. Valsartan is now contained in dozens of generic medications, although not all of these drugs are affected by the recall, according to the FDA.
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Which Medications are Recalled?
In the U.S., the recalls affect all versions of valsartan manufactured by Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., as well as the valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) version sold by Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
“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,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Do I Have a Valsartan Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in valsartan lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one got cancer after using valsartan for high blood pressure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a class action suit and we can help.