The discovery of several carcinogenic impurities in high blood pressure medications has sparked one of the largest prescription drugs recalls in years. Valsartan and Losartan are two of the most widely prescribed medications to treat high blood pressure. In addition to hypertension, both drugs treat patients with heart failure and those who have experienced a heart attack. Despite their widespread use, a valsartan recall went into effect in July 2018 because of traceable amounts of the carcinogen (N-Nitrosodimethylamine) NDMA. The valsartan recall quickly expanded to include Losartan products as well. The Carlson Law Firm is currently investigating several claims that valsartan and losartan led to cancer. If you have received a tumor, cancer or liver damage diagnosis after taking valsartan or losartan, contact us. We can help you file a valsartan recall lawsuit.
Valsartan is a generic prescription antihypertension drug used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. In those with heart failure, the drug lowers the chance of having to go to the hospital for heart failure. The drug belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). The drug works by relaxing blood pressure vessels to that the blood can flow easily. Doctors prescribe the drug to adults and children who are at least six years old. Sometimes the drugs are given in combination with other blood pressure medications.
In November 2018, the FDA announced the voluntary recall of high blood pressure medication Losartan. Tests conclude that certain lots of Losartan were contaminated with an impurity called N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA). The product was manufactured by the same pharmaceutical company at the center of the valsartan NDMA recall. In addition to the NDEA impurity, Losartan Potassium tablets are also under recall for N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid (NMBA).
If your medication is on the list, do not stop taking your medication until you speak with your doctor. Your doctor will help you find a replacement medication or alternative treatment.
If you or a loved one are living with liver damage or a cancer diagnosis after taking a valsartan or losartan, contact us. We have a valsartan recall lawsuit attorney ready to take your call.