In 2019, retailers began pulling Zantac from its shelves after tests found a potentially cancer-causing substance in the ingredient ranitidine. If you a doctor diagnosed you or a loved one with cancer, contact The Carlson Law Firm to schedule a free Zantac lawsuit consultation with a Rinitidine cancer lawyer.
Zantac is an over-the-counter heartburn medication that is also available in stronger forms as a prescription to treat more serious stomach and ulcer conditions. However, recent tests have shown that Zantac’s active ingredient ranitidine contains NDMA, a substance that is potentially carcinogenic to humans. If you or a loved one took Zantac and were diagnosed with cancer, contact The Carlson Law Firm. We are currently investigating claims for Zantac-related cancers. A Zantac cancer lawyer from our firm may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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Why was Zantac taken off the market?
Millions of Americans were confused in the fall of 2019 when Zantac was removed from the market. Major drugstore chains like CVS and Walgreens pulled Zantac and its generic versions from their shelves. Additionally, the over-the-counter drug was voluntarily recalled by several manufacturers who sold ranitidine. The recall stems from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement of preliminary tests showing the presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine.
Was Zantac limited globally because of a link to cancer?
Yes. Several countries around the world have taken steps to restrict sales of Zantac and generics made from ranitidine. Currently, the FDA is working with several international organizations to review ranitidine medications and determine how much of a risk the impurities pose to users.
Further, the FDA has asked ranitidine manufacturers to perform tests on their individual products and send samples to the FDA for additional testing.
What does Zantac treat?
Zantac is an over the counter drug used to treat heartburn and indigestion. The drug is also available in a stronger form as a prescription. In this form, Zantac treats the following conditions:
- Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
- Erosive Esophagitis
In most cases, Zantac works in about 30 minutes after being taken orally.
If a doctor diagnosed you or a loved one with bladder or stomach cancer and you have taken Zantac to treat any of the above conditions, contact us right away. You may be eligible for compensation through a Zantac lawsuit.
How long has Zantac been on the market?
As of January 2020, thousands of Zantac lawsuits have been filed. These lawsuits come 37 years after Zantac first appeared on the market. Zantac was introduced in 1983, as the first member of a new class of medications known as histamine H2-receptor antagonists or H2 blockers. Since its introduction, the medication has been marketed as a safe treatment for heartburn, acid indigestion, sour stomach, GERD and other conditions.
Over the nearly 40 years since its introduction to the market, it has become one of the most popular ways to treat heartburn conditions. In fact, doctors write more than 15 million prescriptions for ranitidine every year. This is in addition to the millions of patients that buy it over the counter.
What is NDMA?
NDMA stand N-Nitrodoimethylamine. The substance is a human carcinogen that can form naturally through certain industrial and natural processes. NDMA is found in liquid rocket fuel, softeners, lubricants and several other products. The unintentional creation of NDMA may occur through specific chemical reactions. It is often the byproducts of pesticides, tire manufacturing and fish processing.
Researchers have known for decades that exposure to NDMA can increase the risk of cancer.
So far, studies have linked NDMA to the following:
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Stomach cancer
Additionally, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, high-level NDMA exposure to humans causes liver damage in humans.
How does NDMA get into Zantac?
The active ingredient is ranitidine, which researchers have found to be unstable. In fact, ranitidine has a molecular structure that may inherently react with itself. As a result, ranitidine can produce dangerous levels of NDMA when exposed to high temperatures inside the body or during transport, such as in a hot car or truck.
If you believe you may have a lawsuit against a ranitidine manufacturer, contact us today. Our firm has a qualified Zantac lawsuit attorney who can help you determine your next steps.
Why are Zantac lawsuits being filed?
In September 2019, the FDA reported the discovery of NDMA in Zantac (ranitidine). Ranitidine is the active ingredient in Zantac is a common heartburn treatment. In its announcement, the FDA found the levels of NDMA contamination to be low. However, contamination was more than 3,000 times higher than the FDA’s limit.
Experts say that there is a discrepancy in lab testing and the level of NDMA may be significantly higher when ranitidine is introduced into the human body.
The lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical companies like Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim assert that these big pharma companies concealed the Zantac link to cancer from millions of people. Instead, the companies put profits over people and put millions of people at risk. This amounts to fraud and allowed the company to generate $1 billion in sales off of Zantac—the first drug to ever do so.
If a doctor diagnosed you or a loved one with stomach or bladder cancer after taking Zantac, contact The Carlson Law Firm. Our qualified legal staff has the knowledge and resources to help you these companies accountable through a Zantac lawsuit.
Do I qualify for a Rinitdine Cancer Lawsuit?
The Carlson Law Firm is currently investigating claims linked to one of the following cancers:
- Bladder cancer
- Stomach cancer
If you or a loved one have been taking Zantac for at least one year and have developed one of the above cancers, contact our firm today. One of our qualified Zantac Lawsuit Attorneys can help you recover damages for:
- Lost income (past and future)
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injuries
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death
If you or a loved one is living with the consequences of a Zantac drug manufacturer’s negligence, contact The Carlson Law Firm. Further, we can help you determine the best course of action in your Zantac lawsuit.
How much does a Zantac lawsuit cost?
Retaining a Zantac lawsuit attorney through The Carlson Law Firm will cost you nothing out of pocket. We work on a contingency basis. We don’t get paid unless your case is successful.
The Carlson Law Firm Can Help with your Zantac Lawsuit
Patients should be able to trust that their medications are safe. The benefits of taking a drug should outweigh the risk to your health. However, when a medication is linked to increasing the likelihood of developing certain cancers, patients have a right to pursue a legal course of action.
The Carlson Law Firm has been handling lawsuits against drug companies for more than four decades. We are a leading, nationally recognized personal injury law firm with a successful track record of representing victims of dangerous drugs. Additionally, our firm has several nationally recognized trial lawyers that are ready to ensure your Zantac lawsuit gets you a favorable recovery. Further, The Carlson Law Firm has the resources to ensure all legal options are explored on your behalf.