South Carolina Valsartan Injury Lawsuits
Attorneys helping clients injured because of a defective high blood pressure medication
The blood pressure medication Valsartan has been associated with liver damage, tumors and cancers because of contamination during manufacturing. If you or a loved one took Valsartan and experienced adverse effects, McGowan, Hood & Felder may be able to help. Please contact our defective drug attorneys today to learn more.
What is Valsartan?
Valsartan is the generic name for Diovan, a medication used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure and to reduce the risk of death in those suffering from left ventricle dysfunction following a heart attack. Manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., Diovan was approved by the FDA in August 1996. After generating more than $6 billion in sales for Novartis under the brand name Diovan, it lost its patent protection in 2012, allowing several pharmaceutical companies to market generic versions of Valsartan.
Per the Mayo Clinic, Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), which works by blocking a substance in the body that causes blood vessels to tighten. Valsartan relaxes blood vessels, which lowers blood pressure and increases blood supply and oxygen to the heart.
Valsartan contains carcinogens
Valsartan has been associated with liver damage, tumors and cancers because of contamination during manufacturing. In July 2018, a Chinese wholesale producer of Valsartan, Zhejiang Hua Hai Pharmaceutical, discovered that the materials it was using to produce the drug, which was sold to pharmaceutical laboratories around the world, were contaminated with N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) or N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), known carcinogens.
FDA announces the voluntary recall by Aurobindo Pharma of Valsartan due to carcinogenic contamination
The FDA issued a recall of specific batches of Valsartan tablets because of the contaminated chemicals. Because Valsartan is now sold as a generic drug, several manufacturers produce the drug. However, not every drug that contains Valsartan has been included in the recall. Aurobindo Pharma, USA Inc. has voluntarily recalled 80 lots of Valsartan tablets because trace amounts of the contaminant were found in the product. As of December 31, 2018, the company has not received reports of any adverse events related to the Valsartan recall. The FDA has a complete list of the defective Valsartan products subject to recall on its website.
Harmful and serious side effects associated with Valsartan
The following are some of the side effects associated with Valsartan:
|· Heart failure
· Low blood pressure
· Kidney failure
· Joint Pain
· Shortness of breath
· Back pain
· Diarrhea, stomach pain
· Upper respiratory infection
· Edema, rapid weight gain
· Arthralgia (joint pain)
The most serious concerns with individuals who have taken Valsartan to control their high blood pressure every day for many years is that they may be at an increased risk of liver damage, tumors, or cancers such as liver cancer, gastric cancer, colorectal cancer, and kidney cancer.
How much is my Valsartan injury case worth?
There is no way to know at the start of a drug injury case how much you may be able to recover. These Valsartan cases are so new that there has not been enough time for them to make their way through the court system to see how many may be successful. The severity of your injury and related losses is what contributes significantly to the value of your claim. What we can tell you is that the experienced medical product liability lawyers at McGowan, Hood & Felder are committed to fighting for fair compensation for you.
Working with a South Carolina defective drug injury lawyer
If you have taken Valsartan that was contaminated with NDMA, and you have been diagnosed with liver damage, tumors, or cancer, an experienced medical product liability lawyer will represent you as we pursue the following damages related to your injury:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death (if the injury results in death)
- Punitive damages (where appropriate)
If you have been injured because of a defective drug, whether because it was defectively designed, defectively manufactured (as occurred in the Valsartan case where the drug was contaminated with a carcinogen during the manufacturing process), or the failure to provide an adequate warning concerning the safe and appropriate use of the product, our product liability lawyers are here to pursue compensation for you.
Am I required to hire a lawyer for my drug injury case?
You are never required to hire a lawyer to represent you, but it is in your best interest to hire one. You only get one chance to pursue compensation for your injury. You will be filing a lawsuit against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company, which has a team of defense lawyers who are determined to protect their employer’s interests by making sure that you recover as little compensation as possible.
You are free to try to learn as you go what is required to recover compensation after a drug company’s negligence caused your injury, or you can work with an experienced defective drug lawyer who will hold those massive corporations responsible for the harm they cause consumers when they are more focused on profit than protecting the health of their customers.
Can I afford an attorney?
Our defective drug injury lawyers take cases on contingency, which means that you do not pay attorney fees unless we are able to recover compensation for you. Our attorney fees are a percentage of the settlement or verdict. So, you never have to be concerned about paying fees up front to get the dedicated services of an experienced South Carolina product liability lawyer.
Defective drug injury lawsuits in South Carolina require experienced representation
Given that the drug company lawyers are determined to deprive you of the compensation you deserve after a dangerous drug harmed you and diminished your health and quality of life, you need an advocate who will fight for you just as aggressively. McGowan, Hood & Felder works hard to pursue justice for injury victims. You are invited to discover what we can do for you. Call 803-327-7800 or fill out our contact form and schedule an appointment. We proudly serve clients throughout the South Carolina and nationwide from offices in Columbia, Rock Hill, Sumter, Greenville, Charleston, and Georgetown.