If you have ever taken Zantac (ranitidine) and were later diagnosed with cancer, you may be eligible for significant compensation. Zantac is a common heartburn medication that was available in both prescription and over-the-counter versions. Zantac is an H2 blocker, also known as an H2 antagonist, and was used to decrease stomach acids by blocking histamine receptors in the stomach. The drug was used to treat peptic ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and related conditions. For many years, heartburn sufferers took this medication, unaware of the potential risks.
On April 1st, 2020, the FDA officially recalled all Zantac and ranitidine products, both over-the-counter and prescription versions. This decision was based on compelling evidence that Zantac can contain a cancer-causing substance called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The first lawsuits were filed after an online pharmacy, Valisure, published the results of testing they performed on the drug and reported them to the FDA. According to their tests, “extremely high levels” of NDMA were present in “every lot tested, across multiple manufacturers” of the drug. Testing performed by Valisure reported that Zantac contained more than 3 million nanograms of NDMA per tablet, which is more than 31,000 times the FDA’s maximum recommended daily intake limit. The FDA then performed similar testing and also found unacceptable levels of NDMA in the drug. There is also evidence that the company that manufactured Zantac was aware of this carcinogenic substance, but failed to remove products or warn consumers.
Cancer can be physically, mentally, and financially devastating. By taking legal action against the manufacturer, you may be able to recover compensation for the money you spent on your cancer treatment, as well as for your losses, such as lost wages and pain and suffering.
The Zantac cancer attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have the experience and resources needed to take on deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies. We’re ready to fight for you. You can take our quiz today to see if you qualify, or contact our defective drugs and product attorneys for a free cons