Valsartan Lawsuits

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Valsartan lawsuits are filed by patients who developed various forms of cancer after taking the generic blood pressure medication. Manufacturers have found probable cancer-causing impurities in valsartan-containing products, possibly paving the way for more valsartan recall lawsuits.

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Why People Are Looking to File Valsartan Lawsuits

Valsartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), is an active ingredient in a number of medications used to treat high blood pressure — also known as hypertension — and related medical conditions, including certain kinds of heart failure.

Like many prescription drugs, valsartan has a number of side effects, but consumer lawsuits have primarily focused on the probable human carcinogens recently found in certain batches of generic valsartan medications. To date, manufacturers have recalled numerous batches of three different ARBs (i.e., valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan), contaminated with probable carcinogenic substances, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Current Valsartan Lawsuits

Since the initial voluntary valsartan recall was announced, several class action lawsuits and individual lawsuits have been filed.

Early Valsartan Class Action Lawsuits

In August 2018, Eric J. Erwin filed a class action lawsuit against Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc., Solco Healthcare, Huahai US, and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Erwin, who took valsartan drugs to manage his blood pressure, filed individually and on behalf of those who have been affected by valsartan recalls. In the complaint, he alleges the defendants were aware of the cancer-causing ingredient in valsartan as early as 2012 but continued to distribute the generic drug. He also raised claims of fraud and deception against the manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Erwin’s filed his lawsuit in the United States District Court in the District of New Jersey.

Valsartan Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 2875)

In October 2018, a motion was filed to consolidate 11 outstanding valsartan lawsuits (including the Erwin lawsuit) into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) overseen by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Movant Robert Kruk had filed his own lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and he argued that the 11 valsartan lawsuits in question all included common questions of fact, potentially overlapping class definitions, and likely duplicative discovery requirements. Several of the plaintiffs in other cases filed a motion in November 2018 agreeing with Kruk’s motion.

On February 14, 2019, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation approved the creation of a new MDL for valsartan cases. MDL 2875, In re: Valsartan Products Liability Litigation, initially included a total of 55 valsartan lawsuits filed across multiple U.S. district courts. As of December 2019, there are more than 160 lawsuits in the MDL.

Frequently Asked Questions About Valsartan Lawsuits

Am I Eligible for a Valsartan Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer after taking a prescription that contains valsartan contaminated with N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) or N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), you could be eligible to file a lawsuit. You may have a viable case if you have developed any of the following cancers:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Stomach cancer

If you or a loved one developed any of these cancers after taking valsartan, you should get a free consultation to understand your legal rights.

What Compensation Can I Get for a Valsartan Lawsuit?

No valsartan lawsuit settlements or verdicts have occurred yet, so the range of compensation is still unclear. In general, legal claims like these tend to seek compensation for the following items:

  • Costs of cancer treatment, including side effect management, follow-up appointments and ongoing care
  • Lost income due to the illness, such as time off work or unemployment, including potential future income
  • Pain and suffering from the disease
  • Mental anguish and emotional distress
  • Punitive damages to punish the drug manufacturers for wrongful conduct (if applicable)

Do I Need a Valsartan Lawyer?

Consumers may find prescription drug lawsuits difficult to handle without expertise or legal knowledge. Hiring a skillful valsartan lawsuit lawyer can make the legal process less stressful and potentially improve a plaintiff’s odds of receiving compensation. If you’re considering filing a valsartan lawsuit, we can help. Our legal partners are experienced valsartan attorneys who can provide legal guidance and assistance. Start your free case evaluation today.

How Much Do Valsartan Lawsuits Cost?

Valsartan lawsuits, like many prescription drug lawsuits, are most commonly accepted on a contingency basis, meaning that you won’t pay legal fees until you receive compensation from your claim.

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