If you are taking blood pressure or heart failure drugs, stop what you are doing and read this information. Researchers have established a link between a component found in several types of blood pressure and heart failure drugs, sold in California, and a possible carcinogen.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling blood pressure and heart failure drugs from 12 drug manufactures, including reputable ones, over concerns that one of the substances in the medication increases the risk of cancer. The FDA has recalled blood pressure and heart failure drugs containing the component valsartan after researchers found an impurity in the medication.
Although the recall was announced by the FDA last month, the agency has further expanded the list of recalled drugs and included several well-known drug manufacturers.
Millions of people could be affected by the carcinogen
“The FDA is concerned about the substance called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA),” says our San Diego product liability attorney from the Law Office of Edward J. Babbitt, APC.
Even though NDMA is an organic chemical, researchers think it could be a possible carcinogen. The substance is used to create rocket fuel and is a byproduct from the manufacturing of some pesticides.
Hundreds of thousands or even millions of patients all across the United States could potentially be affected by the increased cancer risk from the blood pressure and heart failure drugs in question. The FDA provided the full list of recalled drugs on its website.
Are you taking one of the recalled drugs?
If you are taking one of the drugs included in the list of recalled medications, it is critical that you consult with your physician about the possibility of stopping the medication. However, medical professionals warn that stopping blood pressure or heart failure drugs abruptly may result in certain health complications.
That is why it is highly advised that you consult with your doctor or pharmacist to see if he or she can find a suitable and safer replacement for the recalled drugs. After the replacement has been found, consider scheduling a free consultation with an experienced product liability attorney in San Diego or elsewhere in California.
After all, regardless of how long you had been taking the recalled medication – days, weeks, months, or years – you may be entitled to compensation if it can be established that the recalled drug had a manufacturing or design defect or the manufacturer failed to provide sufficient and adequate warnings and instructions.
‘Can I sue drug manufacturers in California?’
Generally speaking, you can sue drug manufacturers in California if you can prove that they failed to provide safe drugs and/or their drugs are not in compliance with federal and state legal requirements. Drug safety and efficacy are regulated by the FDA through pre-market launch (clinical testing) and post-market launch activities (monitoring side effects, complications, etc.).
The product liability system exists for a reason: to punish drug manufacturers who engaged in unlawful or wrongful conduct, and deter manufacturers from marketing unsafe or inefficient medications and medical devices. After all, a product liability case involving a prescription drug could result in a multi-million or even multi-billion dollar settlement in favor of the injured consumers.
If you are concerned about your safety and health while taking any of the above-mentioned blood pressure and heart failure drugs, consult with our San Diego product liability attorney from the Law Office of Edward J. Babbitt, APC. You may be entitled to compensation. Call at 619.543.1789 or fill out this contact form for a free case evaluation.