Valsartan Linked to Colon Cancer – Lawsuit Lawyers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall in July 2018 on many pharmaceuticals containing valsartan due to the exposure to N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a known carcinogen. Valsartan is an ingredient in several drugs used to treat hypertension and heart failure, drugs that are produced by a few different pharmaceutical companies. Valsartan and NDMA have been linked to colon and other cancers, which is a major concern for patients that may have been using medications containing these ingredients.
The source of valsartan containing NDMA is believed to be Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical, which supplied generic valsartan drugs to a few different U.S. companies. Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd are among the companies listed in the FDA recall for valsartan drugs.
What Is NDMA?
It is the impurities in valsartan that have been linked to cancer, especially NDMA. This organic compound is recognized as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Studies on animals have shown NDMA to cause cancerous tumors. The compound is believed to be a universal carcinogen, meaning it has the potential to produce cancer on almost any organ, making it especially dangerous.
The FDA has recalled several drugs containing valsartan but warns patients to not stop taking their medications without first discussing it with their doctor.
Those that have been using medications containing valsartan and have also been diagnosed with colon, liver, kidney or lung cancer should seek legal advice. Our team at Conley Griggs Partin LLP offers free consultations to discuss the possibility of filing a defective drug lawsuit for those impacted by the dangerous effects of valsartan medications. Contact one of our offices in Georgia to schedule your consultation. If we decide to handle your claim, we work on a contingency-fee basis, and you owe us nothing unless we recover a monetary sum in your case.