Drug Manufacturers Face Multiple Lawsuits Associated with Heart Medications That May Be Cancer-Causing
WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to an online article published by www.businesstimes.com, manufacturers of common generic heart medications are facing lawsuits following allegations that some lots of the medication have been tainted with known carcinogens (cancer-causing substances).
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued multiple notifications regarding the recall of many generic versions of popular and common heart medications used for decades to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and other heart conditions. The affected heart medication involves various generic brands of Losartan and Valsartan as well and various manufacturers of the medication. Reports indicate that some patients have developed cancer after taking the affected heart medication.
Reports also indicate that many versions of generic Losartan and Valsartan have been tainted with trace amounts of N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), which the FDA states is a “probable human carcinogen,” meaning the substance has the potential to cause cancer. Another potential cancer-causing substance found in some versions of generic Losartan and Valsartan is N-Nitroso N-Methyl 4-amino butyric acid (NMBA).
Numerous manufacturers of generic Losartan and Valsartan as well as sellers of the drugs are facing dozens of lawsuits, many of which have been filed by individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer following the use of the recalled heart medications. An attorney on behalf of numerous plaintiffs told a federal district court that the attorney expects there to be approximately 2,000 related cases in the near future. As such, if this attorney’s estimate is accurate, many state and federal courts may be slammed with cases across the country. When thousands of cases involve similar allegations, courts may seek to consolidate the claims to make it easier on not only the judges but all parties involved.
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