A recent discovery of a cancer-causing substance in the drug Zantac (ranitidine) has led to its removal from the market. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, either prescription or over-the-counter, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Talk to a Zantac lawsuit lawyer as soon as possible to know your options.
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Facts We Know About the Zantac Lawsuits
Here’s what we know so far about the Zantac withdrawal from the market and what it means for those who may have been affected:
- In early November 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement that they were investigating the detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a contaminant and possible cancer-causing substance, in ranitidine, a medication also known as Zantac.
- In the summer of 2019, the FDA reviewed independent laboratory testing that showed low levels of NDMA in the Zantac. In September of 2019, the agency warned the public of the risks and to consider other treatment options.
- The FDA determined that the impurity in some Zantac drugs increases over time and might lead to “unacceptable levels” when stored at high temperatures.
- On April 1, 2020, the FDA requested the removal of all ranitidine products from the Zantac market. This included both prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Zantac/ranitidine products will no longer be available as prescription or over-the-counter options in the United States.
The first Zantac lawsuit was filed in 2019, and those affected by the drug are now reaching out to attorneys to file. If you or someone you love developed cancer after taking Zantac/ranitidine, a Zantac lawsuit lawyer can let you know your legal options.
What Is Zantac/Ranitidine?
Ranitidine, marketed under the brand name Zantac, is a heartburn and ulcer medication. It has been used for heartburn, acid reflux, and other gastrointestinal problems.
Zantac works by decreasing the amount of acid made by the stomach. It has been sold since the early 1980s, and it was available in both prescription and over-the-counter forms. Doses of Zantac were typically between 75 and 300 mg, depending on the patient and their needs.
Zantac and ranitidine have been known under the following names/brands:
- Zantac 75
- Zantac Maximum Strength
- Wal-Zan 75
- Wal-Zan 150
- Heartburn Relief (ranitidine)
- Acid Reducer (ranitidine)
- Acid Control (ranitidine)
Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim are the big pharma companies and drugmakers of Zantac. These companies have made huge profits off of a drug that may have exposed many, many people to potential cancer risks. Personal injury lawyers like John Foy & Associates are dedicated to holding them responsible.
The Risks of NDMA
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), conclusive evidence has shown NDMA to be a “potent carcinogen” (potentially cancer-causing substance) in experimental animals through several types of exposure. Toxicology results support a positive association between NDMA consumption and gastric cancer or colorectal cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has also classified NDMA as a probable carcinogen to humans.
What the Zantac Lawsuit Means for You
The Zantac lawsuit is accusing the drugmakers of manufacturing, marketing, and selling a drug that they should have known (or already knew) contained a cancer-causing contaminant.
Cancers people have developed since taking Zantac and that may be linked to the lawsuit include:
- Gastric (stomach) cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Liver cancer
- Breast cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Thyroid cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Ovarian cancer
Side effects of Zantac (ranitidine) may also include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or discomfort, and headaches.
If you or someone you love developed cancer after taking Zantac at any time, contact a trusted lawyer right away. You might be eligible to file a claim for compensation—and the time to reach out is now.
Our attorneys are currently bringing injury claims for Zantac (ranitidine) users diagnosed with cancer after taking the drug. We are happy to schedule a FREE consultation to go over your symptoms, answer your questions, and discuss how we can help you.
Zantac Cancer Lawsuits Versus Zantac Class Action Lawsuit
If you developed cancer after taking Zantac can file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for the damages they have suffered. If you lost a loved one to cancer after they took Zantac, you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
Damages that you may be able to recover from a Zantac personal injury or wrongful death suit include:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
A Zantac class action lawsuit allows anyone who purchased Zantac (ranitidine) to seek compensation for what they paid. The manufacturers of the drug should be held responsible for making money on a product that had unconcealed or misleading effects on the public. You do not have to have cancer to participate in a class-action lawsuit.
No matter how you were impacted by Zantac, you may have legal options. Talk to a Zantac lawsuit lawyer today to know what is best for you and your family.
Talk to a Zantac Lawsuit Lawyer About Your Case for Free Today
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To get a FREE, no-risk consultation to discuss your case and the Zantac lawsuit, call us today at (404) 400-4000 or fill out an online form to contact us here. We bring more than 20 years of experience to the fight, and we are not afraid to stand up for your rights.