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Over the last couple of years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced several recall initiatives because of impurities found in many pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medications. One of the most notable recalls involves Valsartan, which is the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in blood pressure medications known as angiotensin II receptor blockers.
The FDA announced a recall for Valsartan in July of 2018 because it contained an impurity identified as N-Nitroso-dimethylamine (NDMA). The FDA found NDMA to be a probable human carcinogen. As a result, the FDA issued a recall for Valsartan.
Now, people across the U.S. have filed lawsuits against Valsartan manufacturers, distributors, and other companies because people developed cancer after taking the drug. U.S federal courts consolidated the pending claims into multi-district litigation or MDL. Valsartan MDL litigation is similar to a Valsartan class-action lawsuit.
If you or someone you love developed cancer or other serious health problems after taking valsartan, you may be eligible to file a claim for damages. However, time is limited. You must call a Valsartan lawyer today from Gerling Law before it’s too late.
Valsartan Recall Lawyer Explains Why NDMA Is so Dangerous
NDMA is a chemical compound that is a by-product of natural and chemical reactions. The by-product may be found in drinking water, wastewater, air, and soil. As a result, most people consume some quantity of NDMA daily.
NDMA proved to be useful in making highly volatile or toxic chemicals. NDMA was a critical component of rocket fuel as well as softeners for copolymers and antioxidant substances.
The FDA says that no chemical manufacturer produces NDMA any longer. However, the substance exists in laboratories to allow for continued study and analysis.
NDMA is a by-product of some wastewater sanitization processes. Scientists believe that NDMA seeps into groundwater rapidly from wastewater treatment plants. This is dangerous because the EPA determined that NDMA has a high rate of mobility in the groundwater. Therefore, the FDA believes that most people consume NDMA in drinking water. People consume NDMA in the food they eat as well if the food source drank NDMA-tainted water.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strictly limits the amount of NDMA we consume daily because of the chemical’s link to cancer. Therefore, the FDA announced a recall of medications like Valsartan containing NDMA to avoid people over-consuming the chemical.
An Explanation of How NDMA Infected Prescription Drugs by a Valsartan Recall Lawyer
Both American and European pharmaceutical regulators found NDMA in Valsartan around the same time in 2018. Their investigations found the NDMA appeared in prescription drugs like Valsartan due to the chemical process used when making the medicine. The NDMA was an unintended consequence of the chemical reactions created during the manufacturing process.
The FDA determined that the manufacturing processes used by drugmakers when producing Valsartan involved insufficient protocols.
Millions of people take ARB drugs like Valsartan every year. There is no telling how many people may be affected by this contamination.
If you suspect that you took Valsartan or any other drug contaminated with NDMA, then contact an experienced Valsartan lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights.
Injuries Alleged in a Valsartan Lawsuit
The first Valsartan lawsuits filed in court were Valsartan class action lawsuits. The plaintiffs in those actions claimed they bought tainted medication and wanted their money refunded. Soon, Valsartan lawyers began filing personal injury lawsuits against Valsartan defendants.
The injuries alleged in a typical Valsartan lawsuit include:
- Liver damage,
- Liver cancer,
- Kidney damage,
- Pancreatic cancer,
- Headaches, and
Some symptoms could appear acutely and may require hospitalization. Many of these grave health conditions could lead to death.
Damages in a Valsartan Lawsuit
You or a loved one can claim a variety of economic and non-economic damages in your Valsartan lawsuit. The amount of money you receive in compensation depends on the severity of your injury in addition to other factors. Examples of damage claims you could make are:
- Medical costs,
- Future medical expenses,
- Pain and suffering,
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and
- Funeral expenses after the wrongful death of a loved one.
You might be eligible to claim other damages as well. Your attorney can help you calculate the appropriate amount of damages in your particular case.
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What Should You Do If You Think You Have a Claim?
Begin by contacting an experienced and dedicated Valsartan attorney from Gerling Law to initiate your claim. Do not wait to see if you will receive notification that you are part of a Valsartan class-action lawsuit. Instead, you must act right away to protect your rights. You have a limited time to file a personal injury claim before the statute of limitations expires. After meeting with you, a knowledgeable Valsartan lawyer will thoroughly examine your claim. To help the process along, we suggest that you bring copies of your prescriptions for Valsartan to your appointment with you, if you have them. If not, our experienced Valsartan lawyers will know how to find them. We will ask you to sign medical record waivers so that we can access your medical charts as soon as possible.
After reviewing your case, we will speak with experts who will help us develop evidence that your injuries or illness is due to taking medicine tainted with NDMA. Additionally, we will use our extensive resources to link the Valsartan medicine you took to any one of twenty or so drug manufacturers that produced the drug. Although there are potentially many defendants we could sue on your behalf, a drug manufacturer from China and India may be the culprit. The FDA singled out these two companies for using lax processes when making Valsartan.
Gerling Law Works On A Contingency Basis
Gerling Law’s experienced Valsartan lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means there are no upfront costs. We only get paid if you receive money.
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Contact Gerling Law Right Away for More Information About Filing a Valsartan Lawsuit
Our tagline, “Go with Experience. Go with Gerling,” explains our commitment to helping you find justice if you suffered an injury after taking Valsartan. We employ all our experience, resources, and skill in every case we handle. Our Valsartan attorneys want nothing more than to help you receive just and fair financial compensation for your illness or injuries. We believe major pharmaceutical companies who cut corners in the name of profit must be held accountable for the damage they do. Schedule an appointment with Gerling Law Injury Attorneys today by visiting our website or calling 888-427-5464.
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