Zantac: Heartburn and Indigestion Medication Recall

What is the Zantac lawsuit about?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is investigating Zantac cancer risks after testing of Zantac tablets found the commonly-used heartburn medication contains a carcinogenic chemical up to 26,000 times greater than the FDA’s daily intake limit.  The carcinogenic chemical present in Zantac is known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (“NDMA”). NDMA is an industrial chemical used in gasoline, rocket fuel and other petroleum-based industrial products and is a probable human carcinogen. Since the 1980s, numerous studies have demonstrated a link between NDMA and cancer. Mounting evidence also shows that Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim, the big pharma companies that make Zantac (ranitidine), concealed the Zantac cancer link from millions of people who took the drug for heartburn, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sour stomach, Barrett’s esophagus, acid reflux, and other issues. This deception came as the companies made unprecedented profits from Zantac, the first drug to generate $1 billion in sales. With countless people now stricken with cancer after taking Zantac, many are turning to the courts to hold Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim accountable for their reckless disregard for human health and willingness to put profit over people.

 

 

 

 

What are the current actions of the FDA?

The FDA’s investigation highlights the challenge federal regulators face when dealing with a global pharmaceutical industry that exports generic drugs from dozens of countries, nearly all of which follow vastly different processes in bringing their products to market, according to Bloomberg. Several of the medications recently found to be contaminated with NDMA are from China and India, raising questions about the safety protocol for drug-makers in those countries. Poor quality control and efforts to conceal manufacturing problems from U.S. health regulators have complicated oversight of pharmaceutical companies overseas. 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. In response to the September 2019 FDA announcement, CVS and Walgreens pulled Zantac from their shelves, citing the link between Zantac NDMA and cancer. In statements, both pharmacy companies noted that consumers who purchased the drugs could get Zantac refunds. Apotex, which manufactures generic Zantac for Rite-Aid, Walgreens and other pharmacies, recalled its ranitidine products. A total of 21 countries have either banned, halted shipping of, or recalled ranitidine. Four other countries have issued warnings and/or launched their own investigations, according to the news media. In 2018, several companies issued recalls for blood pressure medications that contained levels of NDMA that exceeded FDA limits. However, the levels of NDMA found in these products paled in comparison to that of Zantac. Nevertheless, Sanofi and other major generic Zantac manufacturers are unwilling to issue a Zantac recall.

What medications are involved in the lawsuit?

If you or a family member have been taking any of the below listed common brands of Zantac, you may have a claim.

  • Zantac 150 mg Tablets

  • Zantac 150 mg Maximum Strength

  • Zantac 150 mg Maximum Strength Cool Mint

  • Zantac 75 mg Tablets

  • Wal-Zan 150 mg

  • Wal-Zan 75 mg

  • Heartburn Relief (ranitidine)

  • Acid Reducer (ranitidine)

  • Acid Control (ranitidine)

 

Am I eligible to file a Zantac lawsuit?

Patients (or surviving family members) who took Zantac may be able to file if you suffered:

  • Bladder cancer

  • Colon and Rectal cancer

  • Esophageal cancer

  • Intestinal cancer

  • Kidney cancer

  • Liver cancer

  • Lung cancer (non-smokers)

  • Ovarian cancer

  • Pancreatic cancer

  • Prostate cancer

  • Stomach cancer

  • Testicular cancer

  • Thyroid cancer

  • Uterine cancer

What compensation will I receive?

Each individual case is going to differ in the allowable compensation based on the laws of your state and the facts of your case. In general, however, plaintiffs may be able to receive damages for the following:

  • Medical costs related to the treatment of severe side effects

  • Lost income

  • Pain and suffering

  • Disability or permanent injury

  • Punitive damages

  • Wrongful death

During your free consultation, we will go over any other compensation you may be eligible to receive based on the facts of your case.

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