If you have ever taken Zantac (ranitidine) and were later diagnosed with cancer, you may be eligible for significant compensation. 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). 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 us for a free consultation at (212) 779-0057.
Why Do I Need a Zantac Cancer Attorney?
The pharmaceutical company that manufactured Zantac, Sanofi, is a powerful and well-resourced company. Hiring an experienced product liability attorney maximizes your chances of receiving compensation from this company, or from any company that manufactured a ranitidine medication you may have taken, such as a generic version. Your attorney will know exactly what evidence to gather, which documents to submit, and who the best expert witnesses are to help you prove your case.
Once you take legal action against Sanofi or another pharmaceutical company, representatives from their legal team may try to ask you questions or have you come in for a statement. It’s very important that you do not communicate in any way with the drug manufacturer without your attorney present. Their representatives may ask confusing or misleading questions that force you to give answers that weaken your case. If you file a lawsuit, the pharmaceutical company will have a right to ask you questions or ask you to give a statement, but it’s critical that your lawyer is present to ensure that they are not asking improper questions.
It is also crucially important that you do not accept any money from companies like Sanofi without first consulting an attorney. They may offer you a one-time settlement in exchange for you dropping your case. A lawyer, however, may be able to negotiate a higher amount of compensation, or advise you that you should fight your case in court.
It may ultimately be in your best interest to take a settlement, and indeed many product liability cases do end in settlement, but it’s very important to review any offers with an experienced product liability attorney before you accept any money or sign any documents.
Why Should I Hire Hach & Rose, LLP?
Hach & Rose, LLP is an accomplished product liability firm with over 100 years of combined experience. We fight hard for our clients, and we get results: we have won over $300,000,000 for our clients. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we believe that forming respectful, honest, and compassionate relationships with our clients allows us to achieve the best results possible. Not only do we work tirelessly for you, but we treat you like family.
We understand that you may be worried that hiring an attorney will be too expensive. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we take a percentage of your overall settlement or verdict at the end of your case. We charge no bills or fees along the way. If you don’t win your case, then you don’t owe us any money at all.
We also offer a free consultation, where you can tell us about your situation, ask any questions, and we’ll give you an idea of your legal path forward.
What Is Zantac and How Is It Linked to Cancer?
Zantac (ranitidine) is a drug that regulates the level of acid in the stomach. A certain level of stomach acid is important in order to properly digest food, but some people have stomachs that overproduce acid. This can result in a number of uncomfortable ailments, such as acid reflux, heartburn, ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Before being recalled, Zantac was available both over-the-counter (OTC) and by prescription.
Scientific studies show that Zantac, and similar ranitidine medications, contain a well-known cancer-causing chemical called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Zantac was found to contain very high amounts of NDMA — over 3,000,000 ng per tablet. According to the FDA, ingesting anything over 96 ng of NDMA per day can be carcinogenic.
The FDA also found that the level of NDMA in ranitidine medications increases over time, even if it is stored in perfect conditions. If stored in warmer or more humid surroundings, the level of NDMA in the product may increase more quickly.
Many types of cancer are associated with NDMA, including:
- Bladder cancer
- Colon cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Esophagus cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Liver cancer
If you have taken Zantac and later developed any form of cancer, you should contact an attorney immediately. You may be eligible for compensation.
How Much Money Will I Recover?
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on a variety of factors. In general, plaintiffs in product liability lawsuits are eligible to seek compensation for two kinds of damages: economic and non-economic damages.
Your economic damages are the expenses you incurred as a result of your cancer. These are medical bills, including emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgery, cancer treatment, specialist visits, prescriptions, physical therapy, and the cost of transportation to medical appointments. Economic damages also include lost wages if your cancer has made you unable to work, as well as future lost income if your cancer has impacted your ability to work in the future.
Non-economic damages include non-pecuniary losses, such as pain, suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of consortium (loss of benefits of a familial relationship). In order to make the case that you deserve compensation for non-economic damages, it’s a good idea to keep a journal in which you document the ways in which your cancer affects your life.
Contact a Zantac Cancer Attorney Today
If you have ever taken the heartburn medication Zantac (ranitidine) and subsequently received a cancer diagnosis, you may be eligible for compensation. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we are proud of our record of helping those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs. We would like to hear about your case. You can call us today at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free consultation, or take our quiz to see if you qualify for a lawsuit.