Walmart, 3 Pharma Cos. Sued Over Tainted Combo Drug

By Adrian Cruz (December 3, 2018, 6:27 PM EST) -- Walmart and three pharmaceutical companies were hit with a proposed class action in Florida federal court Saturday alleging they contributed to the production and sale of contaminated batches of a drug used to treat high blood pressure and diabetes.

The batches of irbesartan, a generic version for Sanofi's blockbuster combo drug Avapro, were contaminated with the known carcinogen N-Nitrosodimethylamine, or NDEA, due to manufacturing defects at generics manufacturer Aurobindo Pharma's production facility in India, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Named plaintiff Barbara Kruk of Illinois says she relied on the packaging labels and the accompanying guarantee that the...

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