Valsartan Lawsuit: Everything You Need to Know

When your doctor prescribes a medication, you expect it to treat an ailment, not make you sicker. Unfortunately for patients who have been prescribed Valsartan, their medication may be the direct cause of some serious illnesses.

If you’ve taken Valsartan and subsequently developed cancer or other severe health complications, continue reading to learn about your legal options.

What Is Valsartan?

Valsartan is a widely used prescription drug used to treat heart conditions, including hypertension and heart failure. The drug is prescribed under several trade names, including Diovan, Cozaar, and Avapro.

Valsartan is manufactured in several places, including China and India. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that large quantities of Valsartan produced by these overseas manufacturers contained nitrosamine impurities, including N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA). 

These significant impurities in the drug have been linked to cancer and severe liver damage. Therefore, the FDA has issued a recall for Valsartan.

If you’ve taken Valsartan and have suffered health complications, including the development of certain cancers, you may have a valid claim for compensation.

Valsartan Side Effects

Not all Valsartan drugs have been tainted by dangerous carcinogens. However, suffering from certain conditions could indicate the involvement of tainted Valsartan.

The most common illness associated with Valsartan is cancer, including:

  • Liver cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Leukemia

Other side effects of taking contaminated Valsartan include liver failure and kidney failure.

If you took Valsartan in 2014 or later and developed a serious health condition, you may qualify to file a Valsartan lawsuit. 

What to Do If You’ve Taken Valsartan

Take the following steps if you’ve taken Valsartan and believe you may have a valid claim.

Check the FDA for Your Specific Medication

The FDA has a page dedicated to angiotensin II receptor blockers, including Valsartan. 

This FDA webpage uses NDC codes and lot numbers. You are unlikely to find this information on your prescription bottle, so you can ask your pharmacist to provide it for you.

Collect Evidence

Evidence is critical for lawsuits. If you believe your medication may be contaminated, make sure to keep the pills and the prescription bottle.

Additionally, medical records are a vital puzzle piece. Get a copy of your medical records, especially if you’ve previously been diagnosed with a condition that could be a direct side effect of taking tainted Valsartan. 

Speak to a Valsartan Lawsuit Attorney

As soon as you’re able, schedule a consultation with a Valsartan lawsuit attorney. The lawyer can review the information and evidence you’ve gathered and provide valuable legal advice regarding a potential lawsuit. 

Compensation Available in Valsartan Lawsuits

If you’ve taken contaminated Valsartan and experienced side effects linked to the medication, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your losses.

Damages in Valsartan lawsuits can cover:

Seeking damages can help compensate you for the tangible and intangible losses you suffered as a result of taking Valsartan.

Time Limit to File a Valsartan Lawsuit

The statute of limitations for Valsartan lawsuits varies by state. In Pennsylvania, you typically have two years to pursue legal action from the date of diagnosis for your condition caused by Valsartan.

To avoid running out of time, talk to a Valsartan lawsuit lawyer as quickly as possible. 

Consult a Qualified Personal Injury Lawyer to Get More Information on Pursuing Compensation in a Valsartan Lawsuit

If you took Valsartan at any time since 2014, the medication might have been contaminated with dangerous carcinogens. Discuss your situation with an attorney to determine how to proceed with your product liability case.

Contact Our Product Liability Law Firm in Philadelphia Today To Get Help With Your Case

To learn more and get the help you deserve, call Zavodnick & Lasky Personal Injury Lawyers at (215) 875-7030 or contact us online.
You can also visit our law firm at 123 S Broad St #1220, Philadelphia, PA 19109.