In September of 2019, the FDA announced that the very popular anti-acid drug Zantac, had been found to contain dangerously high levels of a substance called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). They also announced that anyone using the drug should immediately consult with their doctor, instead of continuing to take it. The levels of NDMA found in Zantac have been anywhere between 3,000 and 26,000 times the allowable level specified by the FDA previously. Needless to say, those are enormous figures to be out of tolerance. In the immediate aftermath of the discovery, a good number of people have already come forward, who have been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac.
The Zantac cancer lawsuit which has sprung up is a class-action lawsuit. It seeks to have all those diagnosed with cancer after taking the drug, to become involved and enroll as a participant in the lawsuit.
This Zantac class action cancer lawsuit is being pursued by a number of different legal firms across the country. The seriousness of the potential outcome to patients who trustingly took the medication, is a major issue in the case. These patients have now found out they may have been afflicted with something far worse than acid reflux.
Were Manufacturers Aware?
What makes this whole scenario particularly unsettling is the fact that it appears there may have been prior knowledge of the NDMA. A number of drug manufacturers may have been aware of the connection between Zantac and NDMA, and said nothing about it to their customers. If this were to be proven in court, it could cause serious difficulties for those drug manufacturers. It would indicate that they valued profits above the safety and well-being of their customers around the globe. In the United States, Zantac is manufactured and distributed by a giant pharmaceutical company named Sanofi. This is the company against which the first lawsuits have already been filed, with presumably more to follow.
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As any good Zantac cancer lawyer can now tell you, Zantac is the most popular brand name of a drug called Ranitidine. This Ranitidine is often used to manage the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn. Zantac was first sold in this country in 1983, and it quickly achieved enormous popularity. It was the very first drug to reach $1 billion in sales, and it still has annual sales of $129 million. Zantac is by far the most popular version of the generic drug Ranitidine, which is sold under many other brand names.
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 / Ranitidine 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.
All around the globe, a number of health agencies have recalled products which include Zantac in some form or another, and have halted distribution of those products for the time being. The recall has been triggered by the FDA announcement that dangerously high levels of NDMA have been found in the drug, and that these are known cancer-causing elements. A US-based company named Valisure first discovered the high levels of NDMA impurities. Giant outlets and retailers such as Walmart, CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens are suspending all sales of drugs which contain Ranitidine. If all this sounds like a very abrupt reaction to the discovery, it certainly is. Regulatory bodies in countries all over the world have called for a halt to distribution of products containing Ranitidine. Sales of Zantac have also been halted in many places around the world, pending further investigation.
Zantac cancer claims will all have to demonstrate the connection between the drug and the development of cancer in a patient. If this can be clearly proven in court, it is likely that everyone involved in the class-action lawsuit against manufacturers will be reimbursed. Of course, that may be small compensation for having developed a life-threatening disease, but it will at least be something. It is hard to say when any Zantac cancer settlement might be forthcoming, because lawyers are still enlisting participants in the suit. It is also likely that the enormous pharmaceutical interests around the world will not accept a defeat like this without a fight. Given the fact that such corporations have virtually limitless resources to conduct a court battle, any settlement could be far off in the future. However, if it can be shown there is a definite link between the drug and contracting cancer, eventually the courts will probably see the light of reason. Many distributors have stopped moving the product, and many sellers have removed it from shelves. None of these companies want to be associated with the potential for spreading around a cancer-causing product.
Many individuals who have taken Zantac or Ranitidine have been diagnosed with several cancers including, but not limited to, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, small intestine cancer, bladder cancer, stomach cancer, ovarian cancer, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, uterine cancer, liver cancer, testicular cancer, and pancreatic cancer. If you have been diagnosed with any of these forms, and you took Zantac or Ranitidine recently, you should contact a Zantac cancer lawyer to see if you are eligible for compensation.
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.