Zantac Cancer Lawsuit FAQ
The recent recall of Zantac and other ranitidine medications raises many questions. If you or somebody you love has taken Zantac, you may have been exposed to a cancer-causing carcinogen. At Cannon Law, our Colorado Zantac attorneys want to answer some of the most commonly asked questions in these cases.
When and Why Did Zantac Get Recalled?
Yes, both prescription and over-the-counter forms of Zantac have been recalled, as well as other forms of ranitidine. These popular heartburn medications have been sold at nearly every major retail outlet and pharmacy across the country. Still, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked Sanofi, the manufacturer of Zantac, as well as other manufacturers of ranitidine to immediately remove the medications from the market (as of April 1, 2020).
Zantac and other ranitidine medications faced significant scrutiny last year after independent online pharmacy Valisure discovered high levels of a cancer-causing carcinogen in these products. Testing found the presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).
What is NDMA?
NDMA has been labeled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a cancer-causing carcinogen that can modify a person’s DNA. NDMA has been shown to increase cancer risks in animals as well.
According to the FDA, humans can safely consume only 96 nanograms of NDMA a day. However, early testing discovered as much as 2,500,000 nanograms of NDMA in Zantac 150 mg tablets, the most commonly taken dosage of the medication.
Are There Lawsuits in These Zantac Cases?
Yes, more than 100 lawsuits have been filed against Sanofi, the manufacturer of Zantac, as well as other ranitidine manufacturers. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated all of these cases under US District Judge Robin Rosenberg in Miami, Florida.
As more information is discovered and more testing conducted concerning these medications, there will likely be more cases moving forward. Just because these cases have been consolidated does not mean that no other lawsuit can be filed. Cannon Law is standing by to help anybody who thinks that their cancer may have been caused due to them taking Zantac or any other form of ranitidine.
What Kinds of Cancer Have Been Linked to NDMA?
There are various types of cancer that have been linked to NDMA, including the following:
- Bladder cancer
- Gastric (stomach) cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Nasal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
In the cases that have been filed so far, most plaintiffs have claimed to have contracted cancers of the bladder, colon, esophagus, and breast.
How Do You Know If You Have a Case?
If you or a loved one have taken Zantac and have subsequently been diagnosed with cancer, the best way to know whether you have a case is to speak to a qualified attorney immediately. At Cannon Law, we have extensive experience helping clients in similar situations. We pledge to thoroughly investigate your case in order to secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include coverage of your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and possible punitive damages against the manufacturers of Zantac (ranitidine). When you need a Colorado Zantac attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation for your case, or by calling (970) 471-7170.