Consumers who have taken Valsartan may be eligible for reimbursement from a claim. Here is what to know about Valsartan lawsuit claims.

Contaminated batches of Valsartan have been proven to be mixed with a carcinogen. A carcinogen is any substance that is capable of causing cancer. The current lawsuits against Valsartan pertain to consumer losses and personal injuries. However, not all individuals who have taken the drug may be eligible for financial reimbursement from a Valsartan lawsuit claim.

Why Valsartan Users May Be Eligible for Claims

Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), heart attacks, and heart failure. However, certain batches of valsartan have been found to contain N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a carcinogen.

Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals and Hetero Labs Limited were the two main pharmaceutical companies producing Valsartan contaminated with NDMA. Not only is NDMA a carcinogen and increases the risk of cancerous tumors in the liver, kidney, and lung, it also can cause liver damage (such as liver fibrosis and scarring).

The common side effects of Valsartan can be found here.

Although it may seem like a Valsartan affects only a small minority of individuals, the contaminated drug was sold frequently from 2014 until 2020. Here is a comprehensive list of all of the companies who have manufactured and distributed contaminated Valsartan to the United States:

  • Actavis;
  • A-S Medication Solutions;
  • AvKARE;
  • Bryant Ranch Prepack;
  • Camber Pharmaceuticals;
  • Hetero Labs, Inc.;
  • HJ Harkins Company;
  • Major Pharmaceuticals;
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals;
  • Northwind Pharmaceuticals;
  • NuCare Pharmaceuticals;
  • Preferred Pharmaceuticals;
  • Prinston Pharmaceutical;
  • RemedyRepack Inc.;
  • Solco Healthcare;
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals; and
  • Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited.

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Who Can Receive Compensation for Valsartan Lawsuit Claims

Although the contaminated Valsartan has been proven to contain a carcinogen, not all individuals with cancer who have taken the medication qualify for financial compensation. More information regarding the links between Valsartan and cancer has provided a list of individuals who are eligible for compensation. Here is a list of the qualifications individuals need to meet to qualify for financial reimbursement.

Individuals diagnosed with any of the following cancers qualify:

  • Liver cancer,
  • Kidney cancer,
  • Colorectal cancer,
  • Bladder cancer,
  • Stomach cancer,
  • Bladder cancer, or
  • Pancreatic cancer.

For these individuals with cancer to qualify for financial compensation, they must have been taking Valsartan for at least one year before their cancer diagnosis.

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Additionally, people who have been injured by Valsatran may be eligible for compensation. “Injury” in this case can mean either a diagnosis of one or more of the above-listed types of cancer or a liver injury that required at least 3 days of hospitalization. However, the individuals injured by Valsatran must have been taking the drug for at least 30 consecutive days between 2014 and 2020.

However, if an individual seeking reimbursement from a Valsartan lawsuit does not fit into either of these categories, they do not qualify for compensation. If an individual is unsure of whether they qualify for compensation from a Valsartan lawsuit claim, it is encouraged for them to speak to an attorney.

What Compensation can be Recovered from Valsartan Claim?

Individuals who qualify for financial compensation can seek it in many different ways. Here are all the types of damages that can be recovered from an individual who suffered the effects of contaminated Valsartan:

  • Past and future medical expenses to treat the injuries,
  • Past and future pain and suffering damages that result from the injuries
  • Wage losses (if applicable),
  • Other economic losses resulting from the injuries, or
  • Punitive damages (if appropriate).

Time Limit on Filing a Valsartan Lawsuit

There is a statute of limitations on all lawsuits, but each state will have a varying time limit on how long an individual has to file.

Filing within the appropriate time limit that your state requires is crucial to receive compensation. Individuals who do not file within their state’s statute of limitations will not be eligible for compensation, even if they meet the above criteria. California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1 designates that an individual has two years from when the injury was discovered or two years from when it should have been discovered to file a lawsuit.

However, there is no set time limit across all states for how long each individual has to file. If an individual is looking to file a Valsartan lawsuit, it is necessary to speak to an attorney, so they can correctly inform them on how long they have to file.

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