The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked for a recall of Zantac because of a probable cancer-causing substance in the medication.
Studies showed low levels of a possible carcinogen called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in Zantac products. A carcinogen is something that can cause cancer in humans. The FDA also found that NDMA levels can increase with time.
If you or someone you love developed cancer after taking Zantac, talk to a lawyer. You might be entitled to money for your damages. To learn more, contact John Foy & Associates at (404) 400-4000 or through one of our contact forms today.
What Is Zantac (Ranitidine)?
Zantac is a heartburn medication. Its generic name is ranitidine, while Zantac is the brand name.
Zantac was available in several over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription forms, including:
- Zantac 75
- Zantac Maximum Strength
- Wal-Zan 75
- Wal-Zan 150
- Heartburn Relief (ranitidine)
- Acid Reducer (ranitidine)
- Acid Control (ranitidine)
People mostly used Zantac for heartburn relief. However, doctors also prescribed it for stomach and intestine ulcers and other conditions.
Details About the Zantac Recall
FDA updates and press announcements show that the Zantac concerns started in September 2019:
- The FDA first learned that some Zantac/ranitidine drugs contained NDMA.
- Laboratory tests have shown NDMA to be possibly cancer-causing.
- At first, the FDA was not concerned enough to pull Zantac. The levels of NDMA found in the drug were fairly low.
- However, later information showed that NDMA levels could increase a lot over time.
NDMA levels can also increase in Zantac products left in higher temperatures. Unfortunately, many Zantac drugs might have been stored in high-temperature areas for long periods.
This was not the first time the FDA had looked into NDMA in products. The agency recommended recalls of heart failure and blood pressure medicines after finding unacceptable levels of pollutants like NDMA.
Third-Party Testing on Zantac
The FDA also asked Zantac manufacturers to do their own testing on NDMA levels. The manufacturers were to send samples to the FDA for their scientists to test.
From September 2019 through early 2020, the FDA announced that many different companies recalled Zantac. In April 2020, the FDA finally called for all manufacturers to withdraw all Zantac products. The recall included both OTC and prescription versions.
Overall, the FDA determined that some Zantac products could have “unacceptable levels” of NDMA.
What to Know About NDMA
NDMA is a known impurity in the environment. You can find it in small amounts in some food and water. However, that does not make it safe, especially at the possible levels in Zantac.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has shown NDMA to be dangerous in experimental animals. Reports have also suggested a link between NDMA and colorectal or stomach cancer.
Cancers potentially linked to NDMA products include:
- Stomach cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regular exposure to NDMA could reasonably cause cancer in humans.
Your Legal Options in the Zantac Lawsuit
Since the Zantac recall from the market, people have started filing lawsuits. If you received a cancer diagnosis after taking Zantac, you could have a case. If a loved one died of cancer after taking Zantac, you might also qualify.
A Zantac lawsuit can provide the relief you need after your diagnosis. Our Zantac lawyers at John Foy & Associates are here to help. With a strong track record and over 20 years of experience, we know what it takes to win.
To get a FREE consultation and learn your options, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Your Rights After Taking Zantac
Zantac’s manufacturer is Sanofi. All manufacturers of Zantac or ranitidine products had a duty to ensure their products were safe. Now that the cancer information is out, we see they failed in their duty.
It’s time to hold the manufacturers responsible. If you developed cancer after using Zantac, you deserve compensation. You could be entitled to money for the following losses:
- Medical bills
- Cancer treatment costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
Some of these damages are easier to calculate than others. A Zantac lawyer will consider all of the ways Zantac has affected your life. The goal is to compensate you for what you’ve suffered.
We don’t yet know for sure the full dangers of NDMA in products. But we do know that those affected should not suffer alone.
Finding a Zantac Lawyer for Your Lawsuit
It’s best to contact a Zantac lawyer as soon as possible. You have limited time to seek compensation. In Georgia, the statute of limitations is usually two years (Georgia Code § 9-3-33).
Your lawyer can:
- Let you know if you qualify for a Zantac lawsuit.
- Calculate all of your damages.
- Determine the settlement you deserve.
- Make sure you meet all deadlines to file.
- Support you every step of the way.
If you get a fair settlement offer from the manufacturer, your lawyer might recommend taking it. Otherwise, you may need to go to court for the compensation you deserve. In either case, you can receive compensation for your damages.
You might also be able to join a class-action lawsuit for those affected by Zantac. Class-action suits are an option when a product harms many different people in the same way. Talk to your lawyer about all of your options today.
Talk to an Experienced Zantac Lawyer for Free Today
At John Foy & Associates, we help injury victims all through Georgia seek the compensation they deserve. The Zantac lawsuit is no exception.
We know that Zantac’s manufacturers did not do enough for the safety of customers like yourself. We’re here to hold them accountable and fight for your rights. If you or someone you love developed cancer after using Zantac, the money you deserve could be closer than you think.
There is no charge unless we win your case. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started with your FREE consultation.