Valsartan is a popular medication that is used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. It can help lower blood pressure and can also prevent strokes, heart issues, and kidney problems. It is often prescribed to patients who have suffered from heart failure in the past because it is known to relax blood vessels and improve blood flow and circulation.
Over the summer, the FDA recalled Valsartan after it was found that the drug was formulated with a chemical that has been linked to cancer. The recall only occurred after 22 other countries had removed the medication from circulation. According to the FDA, Valsartan contains N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NMDA is a known carcinogen that has been linked to cancer. NDMA has been used in rocket fuel and lubricants.
The FDA recommends that if you are taking Valsartan, that you contact your doctor to determine if the medication you are taking has been recalled. It’s recommended that you do not discontinue the medication until your doctor has prescribed a replacement because the drug could be treating a serious medical condition that could be affected if you stop taking the medication.
If you have been prescribed Valsartan and you believe that you were harmed as a result, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney, at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.