The FDA announced that the popular heartburn medication used by millions, Zantac (Generic Ranitidine), has been found to contain N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). The chemical, NDMA, is the same one found in the blood pressure drug valsartan, which led to widespread recalls last year.
The announcement came after FDA was informed by Valisure, a company in Connecticut, that while while testing Ranitidine / Zantac, they discovered elevated levels of NDMA. It has been reported that the levels of cancer-causing NDMA are anywhere from 3,000 to 26,000 times higher than the legally allowable limit set by the FDA.
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Zantac / Ranitidine is sold over the counter to relieve or prevent heartburn or by prescription in greater strength to treat or prevent stomach and intestinal ulcers, as well as to prevent conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It belongs to a class of drugs known as H2 (histamine-2) blockers that work by reducing the amount of acid produced in your stomach. Zantac is manufactured and marketed by a French multinational pharmaceutical company, Sanofi. Distributing companies Novartis/Sandoz and Apotex have recalled all of their generic ranitidine products sold in the US.
Levin Citron Rodal, PLLC is leading the nation in the lawsuit against the popular heartburn medication, Zantac (Ranitidine), which has been found to contain cancer causing carcinogens.
Many scientific studies have linked Zantac / Rantidine to cancer because it contains the human carcinogen NDMA. There are millions of people that take Zantac and ranitidine yearly and they've been exposed to this extremely potent carcinogen. As a result they are potentially able to develop cancer as a result of being exposed.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it found “unacceptable levels” of a cancer-causing impurity in the popular heartburn drug Zantac and its generic versions known chemically as ranitidine.
Is there a recall of Zantac? To date, Sanofi has not issued a recall for Zantac over the issue of potential NDMA contamination. But Valisure, a New Haven, Connecticut-based pharmacy has petitioned the FDA to recall Zantac after the discovery of NDMA adulteration.
As of September 13, 2019 major drugstore chains in the US including CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart are pulling Zantac and other generic versions of the heartburn drug ranitidine from their shelves. In the meantime the FDA is continuing to test ranitidine products from multiple manufacturers and is assessing the potential impact on patients who have been taking ranitidine.
The FDA has however recently recalled other drugs due to NDMA contamination. These medications called Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs) are used to treat blood pressure issues and heart failure. The agency has issued numerous recalls for NDMA contaminated ARBs including Valsartan, Diovan, Losartan, and Irbesartan.
What Type of Cancer can Zantac / Rantidine Potentially Cause?
At Levin Citron Rodal we are reviewing potential lawsuits for people who developed any form of cancer after taking Zantac:
What is NDMA?
N-nitrosodimethylamine also known as dimethylnitrosamine, is a semi-volatile organic chemical that belongs to a class of known potent carcinogens, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products and vegetables. The chemical is used in gasoline, as a stabilizer for industry materials, and as a lubricant additive. NDMA has also been used to make liquid rocket fuel, and is a byproduct of manufacturing certain pesticides and processing fish.
How Did Valisure Find NDMA in Zantac and Ranitidine?
After running several tests, Valisure, a Connecticut-based pharmacy, found a very potent carcinogen in Zantac and Ranitidine. This carcinogen is known as N-nitrosodimethylamine and is known to cause cancer in animals. To learn more about how Valisure found this potent carcinogen in Zantac and Ranitidine, by clicking on the Citizen Petition filed by Valisure.
How Carcinogens Got Into the Generic U.S. Drug Supply: Bloomberg Video
What is the FDA Recommendation
FDA is continuing to test ranitidine products from multiple manufacturers and is assessing the potential impact on patients who have been taking ranitidine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients to a voluntary recall of ranitidine products. If you take Zantac, FDA is advising you to consult your physician with concerns about potential NDMA contamination, as well as your risk for getting cancer from the medication. Do not stop taking Zantac without talking to your doctor first, as doing so could also lead to serious side effects and/or adverse reactions.
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If you or a family member was diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.