Blood Pressure Medication Recall: Legal Help

About the High Blood Pressure Medication Recall - If you or a loved one have taken one of several high blood pressure medications involved in the high blood pressure medication recall, you may want to consider speaking experienced losartan lawsuit lawyers to ensure your rights are properly protected. The issue at hand is the FDA recall of blood pressure/heart medications due to the presence of potentially cancer-causing substances. Teva Pharmaceuticals recently issued a voluntary recall of its amlodipine/valsartan combination tablets and amlodipine /valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets, both used to treat high blood pressure.

The recall was due to the detection of NDEA in the drugs, which is known as a “probable human carcinogen.” Valsartan is an active pharmaceutical ingredient made by Mylan in India. The chemical NDEA is typically found in small amounts in certain industrial processes, as well as in very small amounts in specific foods, water, and air pollution. Over the past year or so, there have been many more of these high blood pressure medication recalls, due to the presence of NDEA, NDMA, NMBA, and DMF—all of which have been designated as “probable,” “potential,” or “possible” carcinogens.  

Potential Valsartan Side Effects, Losartan Side Effects, Amlodipine Side Effects, Hydrochlorothiazide Side Effects and Irbesartan Side Effects - Valsartan is the generic for Diovan and is used to control blood pressure, heart failure and post-heart attack. While common valsartan side effects include headaches, stomach pain, inflammation, chest pain, heart palpitations and shortness of breath—among others—the recalled valsartan cancer drug which has been found to have NDEA and NDMA has the potential to cause certain cancers and liver damage. Losartan side effects and dangers are similar to those of valsartan, including muscle cramps and chronic fatigue.

Losartan cancer has been alleged in the losartan drugs which are tainted by NDEA and NDMA. Irbesartan side effects and irbesartan dangers include light-headedness, rapid weight gain, swelling and confusion. Irbesartan cancer can potentially result from the irbesartan blood pressure drugs which have been found to contain NDEA and NDMA. Amlodipine side effects and dangers include swelling in legs or ankles, stomach pain, face flushing, irregular heart rate and heart palpitations.

Like losartan, valsartan and irbesartan, some amlodipine drugs have been found to contain impurities which can potentially cause cancer and liver damage. The drug hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic, with such side effects as eye pain and vision problems, a red, blistering, peeling skin rash, numbness or tingling, muscle pain or weakness and fast or uneven heartbeat. Some lots of hydrochlorothiazide have been found to contain NDMA and NDEA, which has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. 

Statutes of Limitations Regarding the High Blood Pressure Medication Recall - There are statutes of limitations in each state, which govern the amount of time a plaintiff has to bring a lawsuit for damages. These statutes vary considerably from state to state, and those with a potential valsartan lawsuit, losartan lawsuit, irbesartan lawsuit, amlodipine lawsuit or hydrochlorothiazide lawsuit must be aware of these statutes. Otherwise, if the statutes of limitations have run, you will be forever barred from bringing your lawsuit and obtaining compensation for your injuries.

In the state of Texas, the statute of limitations for a product liability lawsuit, such as the high blood pressure medication lawsuits, is two years from the date of your injury. Of course, in the case of tainted medications which could be causing adverse changes inside your body which you could be unaware of until you are diagnosed with an illness or disease, the statutes become a bit more complex, requiring an experienced valsartan lawyer. Texas also has statutes of repose.

The statute of repose specifies a window of time from the date a product is first sold, during which a plaintiff can bring a product liability claim against the manufacturer or distributor. In the state of Texas, the statute of repose for product liability claims is 15 years from the date the product was first sold. While a statute of limitation is unique to your case and is based on when your injury occurred, the statute of repose is generally the same for all product liability claims related to a given product—in this case, the recalled high blood pressure medications.

Claim Preservation for the High Blood Pressure Medication Recall - To not only ensure that your claim regarding the high blood pressure medication recall falls under the statutes of limitations, but also that you have the necessary evidence to support your losartan lawsuit, valsartan lawsuit, irbesartan lawsuit, hydrochlorothiazide lawsuit or amlodipine lawsuit. Preservation of your claim involves preservation of evidence in order to ensure your personal injury claim is strong and solid. It is imperative that you collect and preserve any potential evidence, including the leftover tainted medication or your prescriptions and/or empty pill bottles from the tainted medication.

You will also want to ensure you properly document your injuries by keeping careful records of every adverse symptom you have experienced since you began taking the medication involved in the high blood pressure medication recall. Finally, talk to your losartan lawsuit lawyers, irbesartan lawsuit lawyers, amlodipine lawsuit lawyers, valsartan lawsuit lawyers or hydrochlorothiazide lawsuit lawyers to determine the very best way to preserve your claim and your ability to bring a lawsuit for injuries caused.

Claim Evaluation for Your Injuries Related to the High Blood Pressure Medication Recall - It can be extremely beneficial to obtain a claim evaluation for your injuries related to the high blood pressure medication recall. An experienced Sullo & Sullo personal injury lawyer can properly evaluate your injuries and the validity of your claim for a valsartan recall lawsuit. Your Sullo & Sullo losartan attorney will comprehensively discuss your medical issues related to an irbesartan recall lawsuit, working with you to determine the best course of action.

Our Amlodipine lawsuit lawyers are highly knowledgeable regarding the high blood pressure medication recall. We can help you determine whether your medication is one which has been recalled, then will go over your medical records during your claim evaluation. Do not wait, and do not suffer on your own following injuries related to the high blood pressure medication recall—contact a Sullo & Sullo personal injury lawyer today.

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