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Products liability concern as heart medication linked to cancer

One side effect of growing older is that many Georgia residents find it necessary to take prescription medication in order to control their blood pressure as well as other health-related concerns. The purpose of such medication is to lower the individual's blood pressure and prevent medical complications. Yet, when this medication adds to the individual's medical concerns, there may be a products liability concern that needs to be addressed.

Some drugs prescribed for patients suffering from high blood pressure as well as heart failure contain an ingredient known as valsartan.  In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a recall of some drug products containing this ingredient; they have now expanded this recall to include additional companies that utilize this ingredient. While valsartan is not considered to be a problem in itself, there is concern that in some cases this ingredient has been contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine. N-nitrosodimethylamine is believed to be a cancer-causing agent.

It is important to note that not all products made with this ingredient are considered to be a problem. However, depending upon the way in which the product is manufactured, there can be a chemical reaction with the valsartan that can result in the cancer-causing agent. Rather than simply treating their heart condition, some Georgia residents may now also have to worry about this treatment causing additional health concerns.

Patients often are required to take prescription medication in order to take care of and reduce the impact of some medical conditions. In doing so, these patients often review the possible side effects and risks associated with the medication. However, when the medication presents additional concerns such as cancer that the patient is not aware of until it is too late, it may be necessary to address the concern through a products liability claim.

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