What is Zantac?
Zantac, also known by its generic name ranitidine, is a popular medication used to treat acid reflux (GERD), heartburn, and stomach ulcers.
The medication was available both over-the-counter and by prescription until recalls began. Over-the-counter Zantac was most commonly used to relieve and prevent heartburn. Prescription-strength ranitidine was given to patients with more serious conditions.
Why was Zantac recalled?
In 2019 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released an alert to patients and healthcare providers. A chemical called NDMA had been found in some samples of ranitidine at extremely high levels. The concern was that the levels of NDMA exceeded what would be considered safe for humans to ingest.
Companies began voluntarily recalling ranitidine and Zantac medicines as early as September 2019. These recalls have continued through February 2020. Recalls include dozens of companies, apply to over-the-counter and prescription-strength versions of the drug, and encompass both Zantac and generic ranitidine capsules.
On April 1, 2020, the Food & Drug Administration requested that manufacturers immediately pull all prescription and over-the-counter versions of Zantac and its generic counterparts.
The problem is not only that Zantac may contain NDMA when it is produced, but even after the drug is packaged, the levels of NDMA can continue to increase. Independent labs have found this increase when Zantac is exposed to high heat. Other researchers believe that Zantac may continue to produce NDMA within a person’s body as the drug is metabolized.
What is NDMA?
NDMA, short for N-nitrosodimethylamine, is a man-made chemical.
NDMA is classified as a “probable human carcinogen” because it has been linked to cancer in animals. This means it may also cause cancer in humans.
Does Zantac cause cancer? What injuries does Zantac cause?
The high levels of NDMA in some Zantac doses has been linked to cancer.
Cancer diagnoses may include bladder cancer, stomach cancer, and tumors in the liver, kidneys, and lungs, to name a few.
Can I file a lawsuit against Zantac? Who is being sued?
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your damages.
Several people have already filed lawsuits against the makers of Zantac and ranitidine.
Drug manufacturers did not tell patients and healthcare providers that Zantac could produce NDMA in the human body, failing to warn them about the dangers of Zantac.
Who should I contact if I’m interested in filing a Zantac lawsuit?
Contact Taylor King today for a free consultation.
We are prepared to answer your questions, help explore your next steps, and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or generic ranitidine, call us today at (870) 293-0141 or toll-free at 1(800) 227-9732.
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