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Valsartan Class Action

If you or a loved one has been prescribed one of the lots of the valsartan drugs described in the list below, you may be entitled to compensation. If so, please contact Kiara Sancler at Charney Lawyers at ksancler@charneylawyers.com.

Updates

January 31, 2019: The Québec action in regards to Valsartan has been temporarily stayed pursuant to the order of the Superior Court of Québec. You can find the order here. The action will be proceeding in the Superior Court of Ontario.

September 13, 2018: We are aware of the reports that a second probable carcinogen, NDEA, has been found in the recalled valsartan medication according to Health Canada. We are investigating and we will provide you with an update as soon as possible. For more information, please review the following:

August 20, 2018:  If your physician or pharmacist has switched you over to a non-recalled blood pressure medication, we recommend that you keep any leftover recalled valsartan pills stored in a safe place for the purposes of this litigation, if possible and cost-permissive.

The Recall

According to a bulletin issued by Health Canada on July 9, 2018, several varieties of valsartan, a common blood pressure drug sold by several pharmaceutical companies in Canada, are being recalled. The bulletin can be accessed in English here: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2018/67202a-eng.php, and in French here: http://canadiensensante.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2018/67202a-fra.php.

Health Canada said on Tuesday July 9, 2018, that numerous varieties of valsartan are being recalled over fears they contain the impurity NDMA, a chemical that’s been classified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

In a public advisory, Health Canada said Chinese Company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical supplied valsartan to several companies that used it to make the finished product.

The director of the Food and Drug Administration's (the "FDA", which is the Federal agency in the United States that regulates all drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical products) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Dr. Janet Woodcock, said "We have carefully assessed the valsartan-containing medications sold in the United States, and we've found that the valsartan sold by these specific companies does not meet our safety standards. This is why we've asked these companies to take immediate action to protect patients."

Dr. Erin Michos, an associate professor and associate director of preventive cardiology at John Hopkins University, spoke to the US news agency CNN about the health risks from exposure to NDMA:

“As of now, the long-term risks posed by the NDMA found in certain valsartan-containing drugs remain somewhat unknown, and the amount of NDMA consumed would play a role in those risks, Michos said. In other words, ‘the dose makes the poison,’ she said.” 

The CNN article can be read here: https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/19/health/valsartan-recall-explainer/index.html

A press release, dated July 13, 2018, stating that a proposed class action has been commenced with respect to the recall can be viewed here.

Health Canada has provided the following list of affected drugs subject to the recall:

Product Name/Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)DIN
Strength
Lot #
Date added
TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS02356996
80/12.5 mg35211136AAugust 17, 2018
TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS02357003160/12.5 mg35211335AAugust 17, 2018
TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS02357003160/12.5 mg35211844RAugust 17, 2018
TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS02357011160/25 mg35210937RAugust 17, 2018
TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS02357011160/25 mg35210938RAugust 17, 2018
TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS02357011160/25 mg35210939RAugust 17, 2018
TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS02357011160/25 mg35210940RAugust 17, 2018
TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS02357038320/12.5 mg35211546RAugust 17, 2018
TEVA-VALSARTAN/HCTZ TABLETS PP 30s02357046320/25 mg35212731RJuly 9, 2018
ACT-VALSARTAN 40MG FC TABLETS 1000233748740 mgK47338July 9, 2018
ACT-VALSARTAN 80MG FC TABLETS 1000233749580 mgK45370July 9, 2018
ACT-VALSARTAN 80MG FC TABLETS 1000233749580 mgK47652July 9, 2018
ACT-VALSARTAN 80MG FC TABLETS 1000233749580 mgK47653July 9, 2018
ACT-VALSARTAN 80MG FC TABLETS 1000233749580 mgK47654July 9, 2018
ACT-VALSARTAN 160MG FC TABLETS 10002337509160 mgK39691July 9, 2018
ACT-VALSARTAN 160MG FC TABLETS 10002337509160 mgK44167July 9, 2018
ACT-VALSARTAN 160MG FC TABLETS 10002337509160 mgK47657July 9, 2018
ACT-VALSARTAN 160MG FC TABLETS 10002337509160 mgK47658July 9, 2018
ACT-VALSARTAN 320MG FC TABLETS 10002337517320 mgK44166July 9, 2018
ACT-VALSARTAN 320MG FC TABLETS 10002337517320 mgK45371July 9, 2018
SANDOZ VALSARTAN 40 MG0235674040 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
SANDOZ VALSARTAN 80 MG0236695980 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
SANDOZ VALSARTAN 160 MG02356767160 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
SANDOZ VALSARTAN 320 MG02356775320 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
SANIS VALSARTAN 40 MG0236694040 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
SANIS VALSARTAN 80 MG0236695980 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
SANIS VALSARTAN 160 MG02366967160 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
SANIS VALSARTAN 320 MG02366975320 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
PRO DOC LIMITEE VALSARTAN 40 MG0236772640 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
PRO DOC LIMITEE VALSARTAN 80 MG0236773480 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
PRO DOC LIMITEE VALSARTAN 160 MG02367742160 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
PRO DOC LIMITEE VALSARTAN 320 MG02367750320 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
SIVEM PHARMACEUTICAL ULC VALSARTAN 40 MG0238452340 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
SIVEM PHARMACEUTICAL ULC VALSARTAN 80 MG0238453180 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
SIVEM PHARMACEUTICAL ULC VALSARTAN 160 MG02384558160 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018
SIVEM PHARMACEUTICAL ULC VALSARTAN 320 MG02384566320 mgAll lotsJuly 9, 2018

If you are taking any of the medications on this list, please  REGISTER HERE to receive updates about the class action.

You can also contact Charney Lawyers by email: info@charneylawyers.com

Updates

August 18, 2018

OTTAWA – Health Canada is advising Canadians that, as a precautionary measure, Teva Canada is expanding its voluntary recall to include eight additional lots of valsartan products in Canada because they may contain an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

Valsartan is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

This latest action is further to an initial recall of certain valsartan products because of the presence of NDMA in the active ingredient (valsartan). All of the recalled products use a valsartan ingredient manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in China.

Source: https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2018/67552a-eng.php

Below are links to media reports on the recall:

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