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Valsartan Cancer Risk

The drug Valsartan (a generic version of Diovan), which is prescribed to treat high blood pressure and prevent heart failure, has been recalled worldwide after it was found to contain N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a known carcinogen. Valsartan contamination from a Chinese manufacturing plant may date back to 2012, potentially exposing many patients to Valsartan cancer risk, liver damage and tumors. It has been on the market for 15 years.


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Valsartan Carcinogen

NDMA, or N-nitrosodimethylamine, is a chemical used in rocket fuel and it is classified as a carcinogen. Short-term exposure to toxic NDMA can cause liver damage while long-term exposure can increase the risk of liver, kidney, and lung tumors. Investigators found that NDMA had contaminated Valsartan’s production at Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in Linhai, China, possibly since 2012 when the company changed its manufacturing process and produced NDMA as a by-product.

Valsartan Recall

The FDA recall on July 17 involves medicines from: Solco Healthcare, Major Pharmaceuticals, and Teva. Valsartan-containing products made by Teva Pharmaceuticals and Prinston Pharmaceuticals Inc. are labeled as A-S Medication Solutions LLC, AvKARE and RemedyRepack, according to the FDA. Two of these companies, A-S Medication and RemedyRepack, may also distribute valsartan products not affected by the recall.

The following additional re-packagers are recalling or are expected to recall valsartan-containing products:
  • H. J. Harkins Company Inc. (this company was not originally included on either list)
  • Lake Erie Medical, doing business as Quality Care Products LLC
  • NuCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Northwind Pharmaceuticals
  • Proficient Rx
  • Bryant Ranch Prepack Inc.

Valsartan Medication

The FDA approved Valsartan as a treatment for high blood pressure, or hypertension, in adults and children age six and up. It’s also approved for use in adults to treat heart failure and to reduce the risk of death in patients who recently had a heart attack. Valsartan is in a class of hypertension medications known as angiotensin II receptor agonists that reduce the constriction of blood vessels so that blood flows more freely. Valsartan is a stand-alone medication or valsartan HCTZ, which combines valsartan with the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide.

Valsartan Lawsuits

Valsartan lawsuits allege the medication can be tainted with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a known cancer-causing substance. Attorneys are investigating claims from clients who took valsartan and have been diagnosed with liver damage, tumors, or lung cancer.

A proposed national class action has begun in Canada on behalf of all Canadians who purchased or ingested one or more of the valsartan medications which have been recalled, according to the CBC. The plaintiff claims that five pharmaceutical companies who supplied contaminated valsartan nationwide were negligent in their manufacturing of the drugs and in their failure to implement appropriate quality control testing when they received raw material from their supplier in China. The five defendants in the proposed Valsartan class action lawsuit are Teva Canada Limited, Sandoz Canada Inc., Pro Doc Limitee, Sanis Health Inc., and Sivem Pharmaceuticals ULC.

According to Radio Canada International,(July 18, 2018) the five pharmaceutical companies involved have so far not released information on the levels of contaminant, nor the number of years the chemical was in their products, nor what the potential health implications are. One Canadian attorney said the requests for a class-action suit already have over a thousand applicants, and he expects tens of thousands more--the recall could impact 4.4 million Canadians who have been prescribed these drugs.

“The recall is huge, based on the volume and the large number of patients it could have impacted,” John Brito, of the market research firm Fore Pharma told the New York Times(July 16, 2018). If you developed cancer or liver damage after taking the medication, you may have a legal claim against Valsartan manufacturers.

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Published on Jul-31-18


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Posted by
I have taken this for yesrs, a year ago i was hospitalized andwas told my liver had a lil damage from drinking but i font drink alcohol, valasartin?

Posted by
Charles Brace
I have ben informed by my Dr. that my liver is showing some damage whihc we are watching. I have een taking Valsartan to treat my Hypertnesion for many years. I am not a smoker or drinker and have never had any problems like this befor e taking this drug.

Posted by
Sharane L Wiedenhoeft
There is a class action suit pending in Canada. Could there be one in the works in the US? Is there some media outlet that might keep us informed about a possible class action suit in the US?

Posted by
Kathy Shepherd
Rx Number: 000000xxxxx
Date of service:08/29/16
Drug information: Valsartan/hctz tabs 320/25
Filled at:KING PHARMACY HYDEN $66.80 $66.80

Rx Number: 000000xxxxxx
Date of service: 08/07/18
Drug information: Valsartan/hctz tabs 320/25

Posted by
Lisa Taylor
I have been taking that medicine for high blood pressure for years since 2000

Posted by
Debra Loce
I have been on Valsartan 320 since 2015. In May on 2018 I was diagnosed with stage II colorectal cancer and colon was removed. Which was tested and did NOT have genetic strain. I have spoken to my cardiologist and he has reviewed my history and will do anything he can to help with case. I am only 52. Have lost wages, job and this has caused much grief and anxiety issues. This has been completely life altering. Please add me to class action lawsuit.

Posted by
eva meadows
been on valsartan for yrs. since taking have been diagnosed with fatty liver. unstable pressure 2 strokes. presser as high as 258/116 an 215/126. then falling dangerously low. I have pain in the liver area with a lg. lump in that area also

Posted by
James Lucas
I have developed chest congestion and a bad cough over the last 3 to 4 weeks. I have been taking Valsartan for 3 months.
Any advice?

Posted by
Doris Harrah
In a call received from a pharmacist for Optum Rx early this month, I was informed that my refill of Valsartan last billed on July 3, 2018 was tainted with a carsenogenic chemical (NDMA).

Recently, I received a disposal system with written direction on how to dispose of the remaining Valsartan.

In a conversation with the Optum pharmacist today, he suggested that I follow up with my treating physician should I have any questions or experience any unusual symptoms.

Posted by
carol beidleman
what about people who took the medicine and haven't yet been diagnosed with cancer. is this something that we can get in on

Posted by
Dianne Delay
Lung cancer
Never smoked
On Losartan for yrs

Posted by
Billy tyson
My husband developed Parkinson.

Posted by
Gloria J Austin
I have taken valsartan for many years. The lower part of my right lung was removed in 2017 because of cancer!

Posted by
Maxine Mitchell
Is breast cancer caused by Valsartan?

Posted by
Sandra Perera
Please call me at 305 336-xxxx

Posted by
Genie Demara

I have been taking the highest dose of Valsartan for a year now. I do not have any of the symptoms you mention but I am wondering if there is any class action lawsuit against the companies because of the ingestion of toxins.


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