A Zantac Lawsuit May Help Provide Compensation for Cancer

Have you, or a loved one, suffered from heartburn or GERD and your doctor has been prescribing you Zantac to relieve this irritation? If you have had the misfortune to develop cancer caused by an ingredient in Zantac, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the medication. Our Zantac attorney at the Keith Williams Law Group in Nashville will help you file a lawsuit to obtain much needed compensation.

How Zantac use became associated with cancer

Since September 2019 there has been a suspicion that prolonged use of Zantac causes cancer. By December of that year the FDA asked manufacturers to conduct more testing. By that time American Health Packaging, Aurobindo Pharma, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Golden State Medical Supply and Precision Dose had recalled some batches of ranitidine capsules, tablets and syrup. As more and more data came to light about the dangers of Zantac and its generics the FDA made a final leap and demanded that Zantac and its generics be completely withdrawn from the market.

 

The agency has concluded that the impurity, NDMA, is found in some ranitidine (Zantac) products and the amount present increases over time. When Zantac is stored at temperatures higher than normal room temperature it could result in the consumer being exposed to unacceptable amounts of this impurity. Due to this mandatory withdrawal request, these products will not be available for new or existing prescriptions or OTC use in the United States.

Cancers thought to have been caused by NDMA

This ingredient present in these drugs is a probable carcinogen and the use of these drugs has been linked to a number of cancers such as:

  • stomach;
  • colon;
  • intestines;
  • kidneys;
  • bladder;
  • esophageal,
  • prostate,
  • leukemia,
  • non-hodgkin’s lymphoma,
  • multiple myeloma.

Zantac - Ranitidine Medication

What is NDMA?

NDMA is present in low levels within the environment and in food and water. Low levels are not seen as a significant cancer risk. However, it was only last year that Valisure, the independent pharmacy, informed the FDA of testing that they had conducted which revealed that NDMA was present in a few ranitidine (Zantac) products. The FDA wasn’t convinced that there was significant scientific evidence, so only a voluntary recall was issued.

Prompted by information gathered by 3rd party labs, the FDA conducted new testing which revealed results that were of obvious concern. This new data confirmed that NDMA levels increase in Zantac even when stored in normal conditions, and increase significantly in products stored at higher temperatures. The older the Zantac, the greater the amount of NDMA is present, raising it in some cases above the acceptable level. Some studies revealed that medicines formed NDMA in the body after Zantac has been taken.

Who are the victims of Zantac?

Sadly, there are around 60 million sufferers of heartburn throughout the country and 15 million prescriptions are written every year. It was the 48th most prescribed medication in the United States. There are countless OTC transactions to add to the prescriptions approved every day. This means anyone who has contracted one of the many forms of cancer that are said to be caused by Zantac, or another generic version, could be suffering needlessly if the FDA had been more vigilant at monitoring the health outcomes of these heartburn relief medications.

Talk to our Zantac attorney in Nashville Tennessee about filing a lawsuit

If you have developed cancer and you have been taking Zantac prescribed to you, or as an over-the-counter medicine you have purchased, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product. There are already some lawsuits which are starting to get underway in the United States. The defendants are:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.;
  • Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC;
  • GlaxoSmithKline LLC; Pfizer Inc.

As long as it can be proven that manufacturers of Zantac or its generics knew about the potential for the drug to cause cancer but they failed to warn the consumer it may be possible to win a lawsuit. Developing cancer when it is not your fault is not only expensive to treat but may cause lifelong pain and financial hardship for you and your family.

A successful lawsuit could force manufacturers to compensate the victim for the full cost of medical treatment, future medical treatment, lost earnings and an amount for the pain and suffering involved. If your attorney proves that the pharmaceutical company was negligent because it failed to inform doctors and their patients of the potential harm Zantac and its generics could do you may be entitled to punitive damages. This compensation is a warning to the companies that not revealing the truth bears financial consequences for them.

Contact Keith Williams Law Group at 866 820 4457 to discuss your potential case.