Valsartan Cancer and NDMA

The EPA says NDMA is a recognized contaminant found in Valsartan

What is NDMA, the substance found to have contaminated many forms of valsartan?

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), N-Nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, is a “contaminant” that “forms in both industrial and natural processes.” Although NDMA presently is not commercially produced in its pure form in the United States, it previously has been used in the production of such wide-ranging products as “liquid rocket fuel, antioxidants, additives for lubricants, and softeners for copolymers.”

Nowadays, except for research purposes, NDMA no longer is produced for its own sake, but instead is formed as a byproduct of chemical reactions used in various industrial processes. An EPA list of potential NDMA sources in the modern world implicates a variety of large global industries, including “amine manufacturing plants, tanneries, pesticide manufacturing plants, rubber and tire manufacturers, fish processing facilities, foundries, dye manufacturers, and surfactant industries.” NDMA can even result from certain water-purification techniques that use chloramines to disinfect wastewater.

Once introduced into the environment, NDMA is incredibly pervasive, with NDMA contamination having been identified in the air, water, and soil. In humans, exposure primarily takes place through the oral consumption of contaminated food and beverages. the EPA warns that certain everyday items may contain NDMA, increasing the risk of human exposure.

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What are the health risks associated with NDMA?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA has identified a number of health risks associated with exposure to NDMA. Most seriously, based on animal studies conducted on a variety of mammal species, the EPA has classified NDMA as a B2 carcinogen, meaning it is a “probable” human carcinogen.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) similarly has concluded that NDMA “is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” after having identified tumors in the livers, respiratory tracts, kidneys, and blood vessels of experimental animals exposed to NDMA.

The EPA further cautions that NDMA exposure can cause liver damage in humans and reports other symptoms of NDMA exposure as including “headache; fever; nausea; jaundice; vomiting; abdominal cramps; enlarged liver; reduced function of liver, kidneys and lungs; and dizziness.” If you or a loved one fears you have taken NDMA-contaminated valsartan and have suffered from any of the side effects listed above, contact the experienced team of attorneys at now Call 1-855-464-0808 for a free legal consultation with a licensed attorney!

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Legal Disclaimer: The information in this article is not intended to be used as medical information or diagnosis. The sources of the information presented in the article have been researched and are linked within the article. Please seek out medical advice from a licensed medical professional if you are experiencing a problem with any of the drugs or devices mentioned in this article. 

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