Valsartan and Losartan are two of the most commonly-prescribed high blood pressure medications, however, the side effects may outweigh the benefits. In addition to helping regulate high blood pressure, Valsartan (Diovan) and Losartan (Cozaar) are also used to treat congestive heart failure. However, as of July 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall after it was discovered that Valsartan was formulated with a chemical that has been known to cause cancer. The FDA alerted the public during November 2018 of a lot containing Losartan being recalled by its manufacturer, Sandoz. The FDA issued the recall after 22 other countries had already moved forward with banning the medications and removing them from drug store shelves.
According to documents, the FDA learned that Valsartan contained the carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). This specific carcinogenic substance has been linked to a wide range of illnesses, such as liver, kidney, colorectal, and stomach cancer. Furthermore, there have been numerous cases of Valsartan causing lymphoma and other cancers, leading to lawsuits across the country. In the case of Losartan, the Sandoz product tested positive for N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), another carcinogenic substance that is found in tobacco smoke. If you have been prescribed Valsartan or Losartan and have since been diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness, please contact the Oklahoma dangerous drug attorneys at Atkins & Markoff today.
What is Valsartan and Losartan?
Valsartan and Losartan are classified as angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB), a type of drug used to extend the life of patients who have suffered a heart attack. It is most commonly prescribed to patients who have experienced heart failure and need a medication that will help relax blood vessels while improving both blood flow and circulation.
Valsartan has been manufactured by some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, including Teva Pharmaceuticals, Alembic Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, Camber Pharmaceuticals, and Novel Laboratories. Then, in 2018, the FDA learned of the contamination with the drug manufactured by Chinese company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. It was at this point that a widespread recall was issued.
What Are the Side Effects of Valsartan and Losartan?
The Oklahoma attorneys at Atkins & Markoff continue to research the dangerous effects of Valsartan and Losartan in order to help our clients take legal action. Some of the most common side effects of these dangerous drugs include:
- Cancer, such as liver, colorectal, stomach, kidney, bladder, and esophageal
- Kidney tumors
- Liver injury with hospitalization
If you have taken Valsartan for at least one (1) year during the period 2014 or later, and after at least one year of using the drug, you have been diagnosed with one of the following cancers:
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Stomach cancer, or
- Intestinal cancer (including colon or rectal cancer)
Please contact Atkins & Markoff today. The fact that these drugs were manufactured with known carcinogenic substances that have been linked to cancer means those responsible should be held accountable. To see if the medication you are taking is part of the recall, we encourage you to contact your healthcare provider to see if you should discontinue the medication in favor of a different drug.
It is important to note that the FDA continues to update the list of Valsartan and Losartan recalls as they learn more about the various manufacturing methods used. Let us help you fight for your rights and ensure justice is served. If you have taken Valsartan for more than a year and have experienced any of the side effects mentioned above, please contact Atkins & Markoff today. We are helping clients all over Oklahoma bring lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturers and are prepared to do the same for you.