Cincinnati, Ohio Pharmaceutical Injury Attorney and Drug Contamination Lawyer reviewing your Zantac Cancer Lawsuit following cancer diagnosis
In September 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported a discovery of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in Zantac pills. NDMA is a known carcinogen, and has been found in other pharmaceuticals, leading to drug contamination lawsuits.
If you have taken Zantac for an extended period of time and have developed cancer, contact an experienced product liability attorney to review your case. Zantac (ranitidine) is a common heartburn medication available in prescription and over-the-counter, and may have been contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical.
In a statement, the FDA advisory stated the contamination level was between 3,000 and 26,000 times higher than what the health agency has determined to be safe.
Zantac cancer lawsuit filings will depend on when consumers ingested contaminated medications and when they were diagnosed with cancer. If you have developed stomach cancer or another cancer after regularly taking Zantac, contact The Lyon Firm for a free consultation.
- Have you ingested Zantac?
- Have you been diagnosed with the following cancer: Bladder, Colorectal, Esophageal, Intestinal, Kidney, Liver, Ovarian, Pancreatic, Stomach, Testicular, Uterine?
- Have you taken Zantac at least three months prior to cancer diagnosis?
Does Zantac Cause Cancer?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) also classify it as a carcinogen. The World Health Organization (WHO) says, “NDMA is clearly carcinogenic. There is overwhelming evidence that NDMA is mutagenic and clastogenic.”
Only recently has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a Zantac cancer investigation. The FDA decision came after Zantac 150 tablets tested positive for a carcinogen. But studies decades old found an association between NDMA in Zantac and cancer. There may be evidence that allegedly indicates that Sanofi other drug companies that make Zantac (ranitidine), concealed some information.
As a result, millions of consumers may have taken heartburn medication for years without knowledge that it could have been contaminated. Zantac has been a very popular medication for those suffering from heartburn, indigestion, gastric ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, Zantac may have caused the following cancers:
- Bladder cancer
- Colon cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Uterine Cancer
What is NDMA?
Plaintiffs in Zantac cancer cases claim NDMA contamination may have caused cancer, after taking regular courses of the drug for years. NDMA is known as a cancer-causing chemical and a hepatotoxin, and even short-term exposure may lead liver damage. Long-term use of contaminated drugs can increase cancer risks.
NDMA is used in industrial applications, such as aviation fuel and lubricants. NDMA may be found in food products or tobacco. There are requirements for companies who produce or use the substance in large amounts.
Is it Safe to Use Zantac?
Zantac, or ranitidine hydrochloride, is an antacid medication that has been around since the early 1980s. Consumers commonly use Zantac for acid reflux, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal issues.
Due to recent FDA warnings and new information released from current litigation, there is much debate about the safety of Heartburn drugs and particularly Zantac. Taking courses of any contaminated drugs can increase the risk of cancer.
While you probably will not know what drugs are and are not contaminated, it is best to be aware of the risks, and limit the use of heartburn drugs you consumer. Contact your doctor with concerns, and contact an attorney should you develop any injury related to a medication.
The FDA has established a 96 nanogram/per day limit on NDMA, and there may be more than 2,500,000 nanograms of NDMA in a single Zantac 150 mg tablet.
Has Zantac Been Recalled?
Yes. Novartis/Sandoz and Apotex have recalled Ranitidine, though a number of contaminated products may remain on store shelves.
Many health regulators outside the U.S. have cautioned consumers of the risks of taking Zantac. There are also numerous safer alternatives for most gastro conditions. Health Canada has asked all companies to stop distributing ranitidine drugs, noting that “current evidence suggests that NDMA may be present in ranitidine, regardless of the manufacturer.”
Walmart announced a suspension of Zantac sales, as well as other and other over-the-counter medications due to cancer concerns. CVS and Walgreens also announced they are no longer selling the medications, after the FDA said some ranitidine medications could contain low levels of toxinc that could cause cancer.
Can I File a Zantac Cancer Lawsuit?
Contact The Lyon Firm for a free consultation if you have taken Zantac, or another Heart burn medication like Prilosec, for extended periods of time (more than 3 months) and have been diagnosed with cancer at least after 3 months of taking Zantac. Joe Lyon woks with industry experts and medical teams to determine the root cause of your cancer.
Drug contamination and drug injury lawsuits can help plaintiffs recover the following damages and rightful compensation:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Past and future wage losses
- Past and future loss of enjoyment of life
Ohio Zantac Cancer Attorney
If you have taken Zantac and developed cancer, please consider taking legal action, not only to receive rightful compensation, but to hold drug companies accountable for the harm they continue to cause. Only through litigation can consumer safety be ensured, as corporate entities may only see profit rather than consumer health interests.
- Zantac 150 Tablets
- Zantac 150 Maximum Strength
- Zantac 150 Maximum Strength Cool Mint
- Zantac 75 Tablets
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, a heartburn medication, or another contaminated drug, contact a Pharmaceutical Injury Attorney to discuss your potential Zantac Cancer Lawsuit.
The Lyon Firm offers free consultations for those looking for answers, and works on a contingency fee basis. Contact Joe Lyon at 800.513.2403 for a confidential consult.