April 20, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the legal rights of people injured by defective drugs, is warning of potentially serious Tekturna (Aliskiren) and Valturna side effects, including non-fatal strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure, in patients with diabetes or kidney problems. Novartis has announced that it will be modifying the labels for Tekturna and Aliskiren with new warnings regarding these risks. The company also announced that it will cease marking Valturna, a single-pill combination of Aliskiren and the angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB), Valsartan, in the U.S. by July 20, 2012. [pharma.us.novartis.com/assets/pdf/Aliskiren%20FDA%20Update%20US%20Statement.pdf]
Approved in 2007, Tekturna is indicated for the treatment hypertension (high blood pressure) either as monotherapy or in combination with another medication. According to Novartis, the modified Tekturna labels will warn against:
The labels for Tekturna HCT (Aliskiren and hydrochlorothiazide), Tekamlo(TM) (Aliskiren and amlodipine) and Amturnide (Aliskiren, amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide) will also be subject to these modifications, Novartis said.
Novartis said it will continue to make Valturna available in the U.S. until July 20, 2012. Patients taking Valturna are being advised discuss alternative therapies with their doctors prior to that date.
According to a statement from Novartis, the company is taking these actions at the request of the U.S. Aliskiren on the likelihood of cardiovascular and kidney events in high-risk diabetic patients...If you or a loved one suffered a stroke, heart attack, kidney problem or other side effect while taking Tekturna or Valturna, please contact their office by visiting the firm's Tekturna Injury page at http://www.yourlawyer.com. For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/4/prweb9426168.htm