The popular heartburn medicine Zantac has been linked to numerous forms of cancer, leading manufacturers to pull the drug from the market. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or other medications containing ranitidine, you may be able to hold the pharmaceutical company accountable for your injuries and your financial and emotional losses.
Types of Cancers Caused by Zantac
Recently, testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed the cancer-causing agent nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was in the drug ranitidine, which is frequently sold under the brand name Zantac. Studies suggest that as the medicine breaks down in a user’s digestive tract, creating harmful levels of NDMA, particularly when it reacts with nitrites.
Exposure to NDMA has been linked to various forms of cancer, including cancer of the:
- Small intestine
Reports also indicate that the NDMA in Zantac could cause pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, multiple myeloma, leukemia, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
If a Zantac user can establish the link between their cancer and their consumption of this heartburn medication, this person may be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries and losses. An injured claimant could receive amounts to cover past medical bills, future treatment needs, and other financial losses such as lost wages due to time missed from work. Additionally, these users may recover compensation to offset emotional damages such as pain and suffering, emotional anguish, or loss of enjoyment of life.
Amounts may be received for each of these factors regardless of whether a case is tried through an individual lawsuit, handled as a mass tort claim, or settled out of court. Our caring attorneys could review a Zantac user’s case and determine what damages they may be eligible to receive.
Because studies indicate that this medication creates harmful levels of the carcinogenic agent Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in consumers, this drug can be considered dangerous. As a result, there are a few important things that someone should know if they are thinking about filing a Zantac claim or have been taking this medication.
If someone took Zantac and developed cancer, they should begin to collect evidence that could support a claim for compensation. To prove that a claimant used this medication, they could supply receipts, copies of prescriptions, or notes in medical records. Additionally, an individual’s medical records also may provide evidence of a connection between this medication and their cancer.
Finally, it may be helpful for an individual to find evidence that shows the frequency that they have been taking Zantac. An attorney could help an injured claimant find evidence that demonstrates a link between their Zantac consumption and their cancer or other illness.
Serious side effects reported with the use of Zantac include stomach pain, jaundice, fast or slow heart rate, easy bruising or bleeding, fever, chills, cough, chest pain, and an increased risk of pneumonia. Some other side effects may include sleep problems, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, skin and hair problems, diarrhea, and sexual complications, including impotence.
Ranitidine, the active ingredient in Zantac, may increase the levels of NDMA in individuals taking this medication when the unstable molecules in this drug break up in the user’s digestive tract. Several cancer research organizations consider NDMA a likely carcinogen in humans. Therefore, recent studies appear to confirm that ranitidine use can lead to cancer.
Zantac is the brand name under which the drug ranitidine is frequently marketed and sold. Sanofi, the drug company that markets this medication, may add small quantities of other ingredients in a proprietary formula to produce flavoring and other properties. Ranitidine also is sold in generic formulations manufactured by other companies. Consumers should be cautious of these generic brands as well.
Sanofi, as well as other manufacturers, issued a voluntary recall of all Zantac and ranitidine products. The voluntary recall suggests that manufacturers believe Zantac and other ranitidine medications pose a danger to the public.
If you took Zantac for at least a year and developed cancer, the dangerous chemical NDMA found in these ranitidine products may be the cause. You could be eligible to receive compensation that covers your medical expenses and provides for the future needs of you and your family.
It is a good idea to talk to the knowledgeable Zantac lawyers at Kogan & DiSalvo to learn your options for recovery. Our attorneys could fight to protect your rights and obtain justice from pharmaceutical companies who put profits ahead of your safety.
The lawyers at Kogan & DiSalvo provide help to individuals and families throughout the United States and can determine whether you may have a claim. There are no out-of-pocket costs to hire our lawyers. Our firm only receives an attorney fee or expenses if you obtain financial recovery. To get started on your case, schedule a free initial case consultation.