Zantac is a popular over-the-counter medication that is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (acid reflux) and heartburn. While it is considered a safe medication for most people, recent research suggests that it may have the potential to cause serious health issues and harmful potential side effects in some individuals. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the potential injuries that Zantac can cause and how you can protect yourself from potential harm.
If you’ve been affected, a Zantac cancer lawsuit lawyer at Zanes Law can help you identify the at-fault parties and help you gather supporting evidence. We offer free consultations where we can determine if you have a case.
Zantac cancer lawsuits currently accuse drug companies of creating, manufacturing, and marketing a dangerous drug that can cause cancer and lead to economic and non-economic losses. If you’ve been diagnosed with one of the several types of cancer, our Zantac cancer lawsuit lawyer can help you. The cancers you could suffer include:
According to a court document from MDL 2924, the plaintiffs allege that the drug is defective because it lacks adequate warnings that it contains dangerous levels of N-nitroso dimethylamine (NDMA), a chemical linked to cancer risks and even death during animal studies. Claimants filing lawsuits against Zantac allege that the drug also causes cancer in humans.
In addition to possibly causing liver cancer and several other malignant tumors in humans, the costs of treating these cancers and missing work because of a diagnosis can add up quickly. Those who receive a cancer diagnosis and require chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, hospitalization, and other treatment may owe hundreds of thousands of dollars before they go into remission.
At the same time, they likely cannot work and are suffering through the most stressful and emotionally draining time of their lives.
NDMA is commonly used for research. It is generally administered to laboratory animals via food, water, or air. It may cause tumors, allowing the researchers to work to shrink, treat, or prevent those tumors.
The NDMA found in Zantac is known to cause significant health impacts in mice, rats, hamsters, and other animals. These health impacts include:
NDMA may also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant rodents. It is important to note that this is true in animals who receive high-level, short-term exposure to NDMA and those who receive low-level, long-term exposure. The levels of NDMA allowed in medications under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits are extremely low.
However, low levels of the chemical NDMA can cause significant harm to laboratory animals. The ATSDR reports that 16 parts per million (ppm) of NDMA in the air can lead to liver damage and death in animals. While the ATSDR does not list any known cancer cases in humans linked to NDMA, they leave open the possibility that it could occur.
According to a court document from MDL 2924, claimants point toward counter ranitidine drugs and NDMA for various cancer types. They allege that cancer can grow in many body areas due to NDMA in this medication and the reaction when the body metabolizes Zantac. The locations of cancerous tumors that could occur as a result of ranitidine products include:
The treatments for these cancers depend on various factors, including the cancer stage when diagnosed. The treatment plan will play a significant role in the financial and emotional costs of the treatment.
Claimants participating in the Zantac multidistrict litigation (MDL) and other class action lawsuits filed against these antacid drug companies are likely seeking large payouts to help cover their damages. Treating cancer is expensive, and your pain, suffering, and mental anguish are undoubtedly intense.
If the MDL can prove a link between the medication and cancer, you could sue Zantac and obtain damages through a settlement or court award such as:
Recent Zantac lawsuits allege that the manufacturers knew or should have known that the drug contained unsafe levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a known carcinogen, and failed to warn consumers.
In February 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested a recall of all prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine drugs due to the presence of NDMA. This led to a wave of lawsuits against the manufacturers of Zantac, including Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim.
Plaintiffs in these lawsuits seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from their use of Zantac. Some cases have already resulted in substantial settlements, with more expected as the litigation progresses.
When seeking justice for the harm Zantac (ranitidine medication) caused, hiring a skilled Zantac lawyer is crucial. You’ll benefit from working with a Zantac personal injury lawyer on your case for a few key reasons.
Our Zantac lawyers have extensive knowledge and experience handling cases involving defective drugs and product liability. They are well-versed in the ongoing Zantac litigation, including the scientific evidence linking the medication to serious health conditions. With our deep understanding of the legal landscape, we’ll provide valuable guidance to help you recover the compensation you need.
Also, we have the resources and capabilities to gather crucial evidence necessary to build a strong case. We work alongside a team of professionals, including medical experts, researchers, and investigators, who can analyze medical records, conduct thorough research, and establish a solid connection between your use of Zantac and the harm you have experienced. We can present a compelling argument for seeking fair compensation by building your case.
Lastly, our legal team of Zantac lawyers are skilled advocates who can negotiate with pharmaceutical companies and insurance providers to secure a fair settlement for your injuries and losses. They will fight for your rights and interests throughout the legal process, providing you with the necessary support and representation. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, they are prepared to take your case to court and provide strong advocacy to make sure your voice is heard.
If you took Zantac and later suffered a related medical concern, such as cancer, you may have a case against the drug manufacturer. You could join the already ongoing mass tort. One of our Zantac cancer lawsuit lawyers can review your case for free today.
Here at Zanes Law, we want to discuss your case, injuries, and damages with you for free today. Contact us now for help with your Zantac case.
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