If you or a loved one and took ranitidine (brand name Zantac) and developed cancer, we can help. Millions of people take this heartburn medication and could be affected.
Zantac is an antacid that helps treat and prevent heartburn. People use it for stomach ulcers, GERD and other conditions that result in an accumulation of acid in the stomach. Zantac is available in both over the counter and prescription form.
On April 1, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of the heartburn drug Zantac. Zantac is being recalled because of a contaminant called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications (Zantac). NDMA is a type of nitrosamine.
This impurity increases when it is stored in high temperature environments. The older the Zantac is, the higher levels of NDMA it will have. Therefore, if you have older Zantac that was stored in hot temperatures, it likely has high NDMA levels.
The saga surrounding this defective medication began in September of 2019 when the FDA alerted patients that NDMA was found in samples of ranitidine. Later that month, the FDA issued a press release announcing a voluntary recall by Sandoz after NDMA was detected and medical professionals were alerted. Thereafter, more manufacturer voluntarily recalled their medicine, including Aurobindo, Glenmark, Mylan, Appco Pharma, Northwinds Pharmaceuticals and American Health Packaging.
Zantac has been recalled in France, Canada, Austria and other countries.
The ingredient NDMA in Zantac is listed as a probable human carcinogen. This means NDMA is considered a substance that could cause stomach cancer. If nitrosamine is consumed above the daily limits established by the FDA for long periods of time can have an elevated risk of cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) called NDMA “clearly carcinogenic.”
We are currently investigating the following types of cancer as being linked to Zantac:
Yes, NDMA is commonly found in food and water. It is not naturally occurring and is considered a contaminant from various sources. However, they are found at very low levels considered safe for human consumption. The FDA set maximum daily limits of nitrosamine at 96 ng. NDMA was found at levels in excess of 3,000,000 ng per tablet.
All Zantac is recalled no matter how old it is or what temperature it was kept. Even generic zantac is recalled. The FDA recently sent letters to all manufacturers of ranitidine demanding that all products are taken off the market.
Patients taking prescription ranitidine should consult with a medical professional for advice. The FDA is advising consumers of OTC ranitidine to immediately stop taking this medicine.
Many of our clients ask if there is a Zantac class action lawsuit. The answer is no. All lawsuits against Zantac are being filed as individual actions in what is called a mass tort. There is a consolidated multi-district litigation In Re: Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Ligation pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
The answer to this question depends upon what state you were first injured. Generally, you may ask for financial compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering. In the event a loved one died from cancer, you may file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Our law firm is screening all Zantac cases nationwide for inclusion in the multi-district litigation in Florida. If you were diagnosed with cancer and took ranitidine (Zantac), call us for a free consultation.
Our lawyers have decades of tremendous success in obtaining financial compensation for clients harmed by defective drugs. Our Zantac law firm was involved in the Actos bladder cancer lawsuit and are prepared to help you and your family.
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