Types of Cancer Caused by Zantac
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a recall for all versions of Zantac and other ranitidine products in the United States. Millions of people across the country have taken this medication for decades, but they may have been exposed to unsafe levels of a cancer-causing carcinogen. At Cannon Law, our Colorado Zantac attorneys want to discuss these cases as well as what types of cancer this could cause in victims.
Zantac Has Been Recalled
By now, many people may be aware that prescription and over-the-counter Zantac, as well as other generic forms of the heartburn medication ranitidine, have been voluntary recalled. The FDA asked that manufacturers of all versions of the drug ranitidine immediately remove the medications from the market after testing indicated that there were high levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a cancer-causing carcinogen, inside the products.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have said that NDMA can cause cancer by modifying a person’s DNA, and they have noted that this chemical has increased the risk of cancer in animals.
Sanofi US Services Inc., Pfizer Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline have all manufactured Zantac or a generic version of the medication at some point. These corporations have been accused of false advertising, failure to warn consumers of dangers, and other claims associated with the discovery of NDMA in the medications.
What Types of Cancer Are Caused by Zantac?
Studies have linked NDMA to various types of cancer. This includes the following:
- Stomach cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Nasal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
The lawsuits filed thus far have indicated that plaintiffs have mostly contracted cancers of the colon, breast, esophagus, bladder, and more. In early 2020, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated these cases in the Southern Court of Florida under U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg of Miami. More than 140 people have been added to the Zantac multidistrict litigation.
How Do You Know If You Have a Case?
To determine whether or not you may have a case against the makers of Zantac or other forms of ranitidine, you will need to work with a skilled attorney who has the resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into your claim. These cases will require an extensive review of your medical records by trusted healthcare professionals. Your attorney will need to establish a link between your taking these medications and the cancer you subsequently contracted.
Can You Secure Compensation for These Cases?
If you or a loved one have taken Zantac or other forms of ranitidine and have subsequently been diagnosed with cancer, you may be entitled to various types of compensation. At Cannon Law, our qualified and experienced team will investigate your claim and work to secure the following:
- Coverage of your medical expenses
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Emotional distress damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the drug manufacturers