Florida Valsartan Lawyer
A generic form of Diovan, Valsartan is an antihypertensive medication prescribed to patients suffering from heart failure, high blood pressure, or who have recently had a heart attack. However, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) released its official recall of the angiotensin II receptor blocker drug in summer 2018, citing concerns that the antihypertension medication could put consumers at risk of various types of cancers. Since that time, an increasing number of companies across the country responsible for producing and distributing Valsartan has faced serious lawsuits filed by consumers alleging significant complications from taking the drug.
If you have experienced significant adverse effects after taking this medication, you should contact Florida Valsartan lawyers immediately who could review your potential case. The mass torts attorneys at Kogan & DiSalvo could assess whether you have a viable claim and could pursue compensatory damages as a result.
Starting in 2012, officials found batches of Valsartan produced by Chinese company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals and Hetero Labs Limited to be tainted with cancer-causing substances. These officials found traces of chemicals such as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDEA), and N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid (NMBA). Since then, a growing number of distributors have recalled this drug citing potential contamination with NDMA.
What are the Side Effects of Valsartan Use?
While all medications have the potential for side effects, none should cause consumers to suffer a more serious condition. Individuals who took Valsartan have reported a range of adverse side effects, including:
- Trouble breathing
- Side and back pain
- Fatigue and weakness
- Digestive upset
- Lung and kidney problems
Unfortunately, consumer exposure to this drug has also lead to serious cases of certain types of cancers. Some individuals who took Valsartan developed small intestine, stomach, colorectal, liver, or esophageal cancer.
Additionally, officials found that consumers who used this medication may be at risk for pancreatic cancer, leukemia, prostate cancer if they were under 65, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Individuals who took Valsartan between 2012 and 2019 and have been diagnosed with any of these cancers should consult with our seasoned attorneys in Florida to discuss whether they may have a valid claim for damages.
Companies Involved in the Recall
Those who suffered losses from taking this unsafe drug may be able to recover compensation for lost wages, future loss of earning potential, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. A Florida Valsartan attorney could further explain the potential damages an individual may be entitled to and who they may be able to hold responsible.
While the list of manufacturers involved in the recall continues to grow, a claimant may be able to pursue compensation from:
- AvKARE; Bryant Rank Prepack
- Actavis; A-S Medication Solutions
- Camber Pharmaceuticals
- Hetero Labs, Inc.
- HJ Harkins Company
- Major Pharmaceuticals
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals
- Northwind Pharmaceuticals
- NuCare Pharmaceuticals
- Preferred Pharmaceuticals
- Prinston Pharmaceutical
- RemedyRepack Inc.
- Solco Healthcare
- Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
What is a Pharmaceutical Company’s Duty of Care?
Every drug manufacturer in Florida has the same duty to provide safe products to its customers. A portion of this legal obligation includes submitting any medication to proper FDA testing, ensuring that the drug does not have unsafe reactions with other medications, and providing patients and doctors with adequate instructions and warnings for safe use. One of our Valsartan attorneys in Florida can help someone file a claim for damages because this drug’s manufacturer failed to meet these legal standards.
What is the Deadline to File an Injury Claim Due to Valsartan?
The statute of limitations places a time limit on claims for personal injury compensation. Therefore, under Florida Statute §95.11, all cases alleging an injury after taking Valsartan generally must be filed no more than four years after the onset of injuries. Our Florida attorneys can help someone meet all the legal deadlines for their Valsartan case.
Contact a Florida Valsartan Attorney Immediately
If a doctor recently diagnosed you with small intestine, esophageal, colorectal, or a similar type of cancer after taking Valsartan, you may be eligible to take legal action against the negligent drug manufacturer. For help filing your lawsuit, speak with the experienced Florida Valsartan lawyers at Kogan & DiSalvo. Schedule your free case consultation today.