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Heartburn: When the cure is worse than the condition.
Over 60 million people have used both the popular over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug Zantac (Ranitidine) to combat persistent symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.
Failure to warn consumers of a critical chemical chain reaction is at the heart of this colossal consumer catastrophe. When the active ingredient in Zantac (also known in the generic form as Ranitidine) is metabolized in the body, it produces a probable cancer-causing substance called NDMA.
Zantac was widely used as an over-the-counter drug (for treatment of heartburn associated with acid indigestion), as well as a prescription drug for the prevention and treatment of ulcers in the stomach and intestines and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. One of a class of drugs known as an H2-receptor antagonist or histamine blocker, ranitidine works by simply decreasing the amount of acid released by cells into the stomach.
Recent studies have indicated a link between Zantac and the probable cancer-causing contaminant N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), prompting mass recalls. After Valisure, an online pharmacy that categorically tests the medications it sells notified the FDA of “extremely high levels” of NDMA in Zantac in September 2019, the FDA released waves of voluntary recalls.
On April 1, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it was requesting manufacturers to withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter Ranitidine Drugs (Zantac) from the market immediately. This was the latest step in an ongoing investigation of the contaminant known as NDMA in these medications.
At that time, consumers were also instructed to stop taking any unused OTC medications and consult with their physicians for suitable replacements of prescription drugs.
Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible
Prior to April 1, 2020 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) had stated that NDMA is probably carcinogenic to human beings. Due to the toxic nature of NDMA, the FDA advised people not to consume more than 96 ng of NDMA a day. Testing found that there are more than 3 million ng in one Zantac pill. The main manufacturers of Zantac had an obligation to warn users of the drug's possible harmful side effects, but it waited until after the FDA conducted research on it to advise of the health risks.
What You Can Do Now
If you believe you have been injured by taking Zantac (Ranitidine), we are here to help- you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible is critical to identifying your most positive outcome.
Please Contact Our Office Today if:
- You or your loved one took Zantac and;
- You or your loved one have been diagnosed with:
- bladder cancer
- gastric (stomach) cancer
- colorectal cancer
- renal cancer
- liver cancer
- kidney cancer
- prostate cancer
- esophageal cancer
- pancreatic cancer
- other digestive track cancers
- A loved one has passed away as a result of one of these cancers
- Your child was born with a birth defect and you were prescribed Zantac during your pregnancy
Our Zantac lawsuit attorneys are well-versed in medical legal cases with a proven track record of successful outcomes for our clients. We have a team of registered nurse lawyers to help you through this process and can assess if you have a viable legal claim. You may be eligible to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and other damages.