The Potential Link Between Valsartan and Cancer: What You Need to Know

Valsartan is a widely prescribed medication used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart failure. It belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), which work by relaxing blood vessels, reducing blood pressure, and improving cardiovascular health. However, recent concerns have emerged regarding the potential link between the use of Valsartan and an increased risk of cancer.

The concern surrounding Valsartan and cancer stems from the discovery of impurities found in some batches of the medication. In 2018, various regulatory agencies worldwide, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), issued recalls and safety warnings for certain Valsartan products, including Losartan and Irbesartan, due to the detection of an impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen, meaning it has the potential to cause cancer in humans. It is important to note that not all Valsartan products are affected, and the presence and levels of NDMA vary between different manufacturers and batches. The impurity is believed to be a result of changes made in the manufacturing process of certain generic valsartan drugs.

There is currently a class action lawsuit against Novartis, the manufacturer or NDMA-containing medications like Valsartan. If you or a loved one took Valsartan or another NDMA containing medication, you may be eligible for compensation.

Who qualifies for potential compensation?

If you or a loved one took Valsartan, Losartan, or Irbesartan before January 1, 2015, and had one of the following diagnoses after January 1, 2017, you may qualify for compensation.

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Stomach cancer

Our goal is to help individuals and families get justice for suffering caused by unsafe medications, while holding responsible parties accountable. Schedule a free consultation today.

References
https://www.drugwatch.com/valsartan/recalls/

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