Stand Up For Your Rights If You Used Zantac & Were Diagnosed with Cancer
In April 2020, the FDA issued an immediate market withdrawal request for all prescription and over-the-counter versions of Zantac and all generic ranitidine products due to high levels of NDMA, a chemical that is a probable human carcinogen. Studies showed that NDMA levels in Zantac increased over time or when stored in higher temperatures.
The Zantac Cancer Connection
Zantac, or ranitidine, belongs to a group of drugs called histamine-2 blockers. It works by reducing the amount of acid your stomach produces. Zantac was used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It also was used to treat conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, a rare digestive disorder.
Zantac was widely used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is a common condition in which the stomach contents move up into the esophagus. Reflux becomes a disease when it causes frequent or severe symptoms or injury.
In addition, Zantac has also been used to treat other conditions in which acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing heartburn.
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Your rights to participate in the Zantac Lawsuit are time sensitive. It’s never too early to hire a Zantac lawsuit lawyer to learn about what your rights are, but in some cases it may already be too late. There are statutes of limitations and even if you didn’t know about the NDMA link until now, some courts may start running that statute when the cancer was diagnosed, or the date of the FDA recall or warnings and others may toll it until you knew about the link.
If you used Zantac and were diagnosed with cancer you need to speak with a lawyer right away to preserve your rights. The Zantac lawsuit lawyers at Brown, LLC are standing by at (877) 561-0000 and can educate you about your rights and file your case to try and help you obtain compensation. Brown, LLC only handles Zantac lawsuits on contingency, meaning we’re only paid if we win your case.
Linked to Zantac Usage
For years Zantac makers Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim may have known about the link between Zantac and NDMA and may have concealed that link from its users to become a billion dollar product in the marketplace. Many companies put profits before people and the Zantac lawsuits will focus on any conduct allegedly concealing the NDMA Zantac link. Here are a list of cancers that may be related to Zantac:
Answering Your Questions About
The Zantac Cancer Lawsuit
Is this a Class Action?
No. This is not a Zantac class action. This is a lawsuit against the makers of Zantac to hold them accountable for suppressing the link between Zantac and NDMA which causes cancers. When multiple people are injured by the same product then the case is known as a mass tort. Mass torts are different from class actions because each individual injured is entitled to their own day in Court. A Zantac class action could be brought for things like consumer fraud for the purchase price of the product, when there is a physical injury involved, like the Zantac Cancer link, if the the link is proven there may be a Zantac compensation for the plaintiffs in which the plaintiffs receive the lionshare of the Zantac settlement or Zantac judgment and the lawyers receive a percentage of the Zantac settlement, if any.
How was the NDMA in Zantac Discovered?
An online pharmacy that conducts random tests on batches of products before it releases them to consumers discovered the link in 2019. As a credit to the online pharmacy Valisure, it alerted the FDA to the Zantac NDMA link. Sometimes the government is the last to know, but in this case, it’s worse – it’s the consumers who have been ingesting a potential carcinogen perhaps for years.
Was Zantac Recalled? The Zantac Recall.
Yes. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on April 1st, 2020, it requested “[that] manufacturers withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately. This is the latest step in an ongoing investigation of a contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications (commonly known by the brand name Zantac). The agency has determined that the impurity in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures and may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels of this impurity. As a result of this immediate market withdrawal request, ranitidine products will not be available for new or existing prescriptions or OTC use in the U.S.”
The FDA went on: “‘The FDA is committed to ensuring that the medicines Americans take are safe and effective. We make every effort to investigate potential health risks and provide our recommendations to the public based on the best available science. We didn’t observe unacceptable levels of NDMA in many of the samples that we tested. However, since we don’t know how or for how long the product might have been stored, we decided that it should not be available to consumers and patients unless its quality can be assured,’ said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. ‘The FDA will continue our efforts to ensure impurities in other drugs do not exceed acceptable limits so that patients can continue taking medicines without concern.”
What Proof is There that Zantac Causes Cancer?
The proofs showing that Zantac causes cancer relates to the presence of NDMA N-nitrosodimethylamine, a known human carcinogen, at a high level. Some Zantac was shown to contain NDMA (in levels up to several thousand times greater than permitted by the FDA). The NDMA levels prompted the FDA to take action regarding the Zantac cancer risks.
Why Would the Makers of Zantac put NDMA in it?
Zantac consists of the active ingredient ranitidine hcl which metabolizes into NDMA. The FDA allows products to market that test at less than 100 nanograms of NDMA. Testing in 2019 of Zantac has shown more than several thousand times the legal limit of NDMA. Either they didn’t know of the metabolization rates, or they knew and concealed it. In either event, the Zantac litigation seeks to hold Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim accountable.
Is the Zantac Cancer Lawsuit Settled?
No. As of this writing there has been no Zantac settlement or case that has gone to trial. It takes time to hold drug companies accountable for their conduct and they may try to argue many defenses including a family history of cancer, or that only some of their products had too much NDMA, not all of it. Still the Zantac lawyers at Brown, LLC will spend our time and money helping victims of this bad product and if the case does not succeed you don’t owe us a penny.
What Products Have Ranitidine?
The active ingredient ranitidine in Zantac can be found in the following non-exhaustive list:
- Zantac 150 Tablets
- Zantac 150 Maximum Strength Cool Mint
- Wal-Zan 75
- Wal-Zan 150
How Brown LLC Can Help You Obtain Compensation?
At Brown LLC, our attorneys and staff are skilled, experienced, and thoroughly informed regarding the ongoing legal battles raging over the use of Zantac, and we can help you, too.
What Should I Do if I Took Zantac and Now Have Cancer or Suspect Cancer?
If you suspect cancer you should speak with your doctor as your health comes first. Anyone with long-term Zantac usage should also confront one’s physician regarding the consequences of taking the product for extended periods of time and be super vigilant to ensure that you are cancer-free. If you still have the Zantac, do not throw it out! The actual Zantac product and receipts of the purchase of Zantac may be critical to proving your case in court. If you don’t have it, you speak with the Zantac litigation team to discuss how to prove your case, but if you do have it, if you throw it out, you may be throwing out your own case.
The lawyers at Brown, LLC have helped individuals recover in excess of a hundred million dollars – holding drug manufacturers accountable for bad products for nearly two decades.
There’s no guarantee of success, but what happened isn’t right. Our firm is willing to put our money and our time into fighting for your rights. If you were diagnosed with cancer after exposure to Zantac call our Zantac lawsuit litigation team right away to learn your rights. Keep any and all proofs of usage and purchases of the Zantac, such as bottles, left-over pills, packaging, inserts, and receipts.