Valsartan Lawsuits

Valsartan is the generic name of a prescription medication used to treat heart failure and high blood pressure. Some lots of the drugs manufactured between 2012 and 2018 were contaminated with a carcinogen that could be harmful to those who took it during this time. A skilled mass torts attorney from Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin could help you understand your legal options for pursuing compensation.

Patients who were prescribed Valsartan and later developed certain cancers may be eligible to sue the manufacturer for damages. Our local attorneys could help you pursue a Valsartan lawsuit and, if necessary, take the claim to court.

Understanding the Problem With Valsartan

Valsartan is safe and effective when it is manufactured properly. However, several hundred lots of the drugs produced in China between 2012 and 2018 were contaminated with a probable human carcinogen called N-nitroso dimethylamine (NDMA). Multiple manufacturers of generic Valsartan voluntarily recalled specific lots of the drug in 2018. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also banned imports from Chinese manufacturers that produced the most contaminated lots. Other manufacturers whose plants did not produce contaminated products continue to make generic and brand-name Valsartan.

People who took contaminated Valsartan may develop cancer because of their exposure to NDMA. Cancers associated with NDMA include leukemia, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, as well as colorectal and gastric cancers and cancers of the esophagus, liver, pancreas, and prostate. When a person believes this contaminated product has impacted them, they could be eligible to be a part of the lawsuits for Valsartan, and our practiced attorneys could help them file a claim.

Lawsuits Against the Manufacturers of Contaminated Valsartan

As of early 2024, more than 1200 active lawsuits were pending against the manufacturers of contaminated Valsartan. When many make similar claims, the cases are often consolidated into multidistrict litigation, also called mass tort. Several cases will go to trial, and if the verdict favors the plaintiff, or person bringing the lawsuit, the defendants typically offer to settle.

Many people who took contaminated Valsartan continue to be diagnosed with cancers that might be related to their use of the contaminated drug. People who took Valsartan after 2012 and have been recently diagnosed with cancer should contact a skilled attorney to find out whether they qualify to join the ongoing mass tort action. Reaching out to a legal professional as quickly as possible is critical as the statute of limitations that applies to personal injury claims in the state where the person resides applies to these cases. For residents of Indiana and Illinois, someone diagnosed with cancer must file a lawsuit within two years of the diagnosis or when they learned their cancer could be connected to Valsartan.

Potential Compensation Available

One of the benefits of participating in a mass tort claim is that each person could prove their losses. People who sustained more severe harm will likely obtain a settlement that adequately compensates their losses in contrast to class action suits, where every class member shares the settlement equally. A person who is a part of the lawsuits for Valsartan must prove their losses. Our diligent attorneys could help them compile the documentation and other evidence they need to demonstrate their damages and obtain a reasonable settlement.

A person who has been impacted could receive reimbursement for all their medical expenses related to their cancer diagnosis and treatment. They may also claim their lost income if the disease forced them to take time off or stop working. The manufacturer is also responsible for paying for the person’s pain and suffering.

Contact a Local Attorney To Join the Valsartan Mass Tort

You have the right to expect that the drug you take to correct a health problem is safe and uncontaminated. Many manufacturers of generic Valsartan failed to meet that basic standard, and you deserve compensation for its impact on your life.

If you have a cancer diagnosis and you believe you took contaminated Valsartan between 2012 and 2018, consult an experienced lawyer at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. Our attorneys could review your situation and determine whether you are eligible to join the Valsartan lawsuits. Contact our firm today for an initial consultation.


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