Recently, lawsuits have been filed against drug companies selling Zantac and other ranitidine medications. These lawsuits allege that these companies manufactured, marketed, and sold a dangerous drug that can possibly lead to different types of cancers.
Zantac is a kind of ranitidine, a type of histamine-2 blocker that helps reduce the amount of stomach acid produced by one’s body. Zantac was easily available as an over-the-counter medication for heartburn, stomach and intestinal ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. In many cases, the drug was also prescribed for long-term use by doctors.
Major manufacturers of Zantac include Sanofi, GSK, and Boehringer Ingelheim. Famous retailers who sold the drug include Walmart, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, and CVS.
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Recent reports show that the drug contains N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a known carcinogen. In 2019, Valisure found dangerously high levels of NDMA in these drugs after batch testing. Following the news, in April 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of all prescription and over-the-counter versions of the drug.
Why Is Zantac Harmful?
The NDMA contained in Zantac is linked to different types of cancers including lung and liver cancer, bladder cancer, brain cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, intestinal cancer, and prostate cancer. The dosage of the drug varies between 75 mg and 150 mg, however, some patients even took Zantac 300 mg dose daily.
The FDA recommended daily dose of NDMA is 96 nanograms per day. However, a study conducted by Stanford University in 2016 showed that Zantac users contained over 40,000 nanograms of NDMA in their urine after 24 hours following ingestion.
Yet, these pharmaceutical companies manufacturing Zantac concealed this fact from their consumers and generated huge profits. In 1985, Zantac became the first drug to cross $1 billion annual sales worldwide.
What Kind of Lawsuit Can Be Filed Against Zantac?
Depending on the damages suffered, either a class-action or a personal injury lawsuit can be filed against Zantac. If a person consumed Zantac and developed some kind of cancer subsequently, he or she may file an individual personal injury lawsuit claiming compensation from the manufacturers. If no side effects were reported, a consumer may file a class-action to recover the money spent on the purchase of the drug.
The individual lawsuits will most likely get combined into a multi-district lawsuit to speed up the process. Yet, each plaintiff still has the right to make an individual claim for compensation, unlike a class-action lawsuit.
The U.S. Panel on multidistrict litigation combined all federal lawsuits against Zantac in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in February 2020.
Am I Entitled to Claim Compensation for Zantac Usage?
If you are a Zantac user who wants to file a compensation claim against the manufacturers, three factors determine your eligibility:
- Proof of your Zantac use
- Diagnosis with cancer after long-term Zantac use
- Proving the link between your Zantac usage and the development of cancer
Contacting an Indiana Defective Product Attorney
If you or a loved one consumed Zantac or ranitidine and subsequently developed cancer, you may have a claim against the drug manufacturer. Contact our team of defective product attorneys today to learn if you satisfy the above conditions to file a Zantac compensation claim. At Stewart & Stewart, we offer a free consultation to evaluate your case and determine if you’re eligible to receive compensation.
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