When someone takes a prescription medication, they are placing their trust in the drug manufacturer that the medication is reasonably safe for consumption by the general public. That trust was violated by the manufacturers of Zantac, a popular stomach-acid-blocking medication, after it was discovered that the drug contained N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a cancer-causing carcinogen. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered noticeable amounts of NDMA in both Zantac and the generic version of the drug, ranitidine, according to USA Today.
Zantac was used by tens of millions of people to help treat ulcers, heartburn, reflux diseases, GERD, erosive esophagitis, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Zantac Pulled from the Shelves Due to Cancer Risk
The FDA issued an announcement, in April 2020, that all Zantac medications should be pulled from the market due to the significant risk of taking a Zantac that was contaminated with NDMA. The FDA also issued a formal recall of the drug. Subsequent to the FDA’s actions, large pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, etc. pulled Zantac from their shelves.
Zantac Remains Dangerous
There is an ongoing investigation into the safety of Zantac since it appears the medication itself may be unstable and potentially causing a deadly increase in NDMA in the human body. For example, testing of Zantac revealed 3,000 and 26,000 times higher amounts of NDMA than what the FDA has determined to be safe, according to Harvard Medical School.
Medications that are Part of Zantac Cancer Lawsuits
Lawsuits filed in different courts across the country have identified the following brands of Zantac as causing significant harm to consumers:
- Zantac 150 mg Tablets
- Zantac 150 mg Maximum Strength
- Zantac 150 mg Maximum Strength Cool Mint
- Zantac 75 mg Tablets
- Wal-Zan 150 mg
- Wal-Zan 75 mg
- Heartburn Relief (ranitidine)
- Acid Reducer (ranitidine)
- Acid Control (ranitidine)
Complications and Side Effects Associated with Taking Zantac Tainted with NDMA
NDMA is a dangerous, life-threatening carcinogen. In addition to potentially causing cancer, NDMA is a hepatotoxin meaning it has the propensity to cause serious damage to your kidneys, liver, and other vital organs.
If you or a loved one took Zantac contaminated with NDMA, the symptoms typically include:
- Painful headaches and migraines
- Stomach pains and/or vomiting
Other negative side effects associated with taking Zantac include the following:
- Skin rash
- Hair loss
- Heightened risk of being diagnosed with pneumonia
- Heightened risk of developing a debilitating nervous system disorder
- Rapid heartbeat and other heart problems
- Deficiency of vitamin B-12
- hepatitis, liver failure, and jaundice
Financial Restitution You Can Pursue Through a Zantac Lawsuit
If you or a family member were diagnosed with cancer while taking Zantac, you may be able to pursue financial restitution through a lawsuit for the following harms and losses:
- Reimbursement for your medical bills (both immediate and long-term)
- Reimbursement for your lost income (including future wages if you are unable to return to work)
- Compensation for pain, suffering, mental anguish, diminished quality of life, and other non-economic damage you’ve endured
Will It Cost Me an Arm and a Leg to Hire a Competent Lawyer for my Zantac Lawsuit?
The answer to this question is a resounding no. Unlike corporate attorneys and defense attorneys who charge hundreds of dollars per hour (on top of a large retainer fee), trial lawyers who advocate for injured victims charge no upfront fees or hourly costs. Instead, we offer contingent fee agreements to all prospective clients, including those who are seeking financial restitution through a Zantac injury lawsuit. A contingent fee agreement basically means that you are not required to pay anything out of pocket and your attorney will only get paid when you get paid, typically through an out-of-court settlement or jury verdict.
Take Action Today by Contacting an Experienced and Reputable Zantac Attorney with SL Chapman Lawyers
If you or a loved one took Zantac and were diagnosed with stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, brain cancer, or any form of blood cancer, now is the time to take action by speaking to an experienced and skilled Zantac lawyer. Waiting to speak to an attorney will only weaken your potential case. When you are ready to take action, contact SL Chapman Lawyers. Our legal team is comprised of seasoned personal injury attorneys with a national reputation for being aggressive and working tirelessly on behalf of their clients. We are ready and able to help you pursue the financial restitution needed to properly compensate for your harms and losses. SL Chapman Lawyers offer compassion, expertise, and open communication to ensure that you feel confident about your case. representation. Contact our team of Zantac lawyers today at 800-520-2106 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.