Did you take Zantac (ranitidine) and develop cancer?
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned that Zantac products might be contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The issue appears to affect all versions of Zantac, including name-brand, generic, prescription, and over-the-counter products.
Zantac lawsuits alleging contaminated heart burn drugs caused cancer are already mounting in courts around the United States. You may be able to file a claim if you or someone you love was diagnosed with cancer following long-term use of Zantac, including:
- Bladder cancer
- Colon and rectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
To learn if you qualify to file a Zantac lawsuit, please fill out the form on this page or contact our office directly at 1-877-779-1414 to obtain a free, no-obligation case review with one of our experienced Zantac lawyers.
What’s Known About Zantac and NDMA
Zantac and generic versions of ranitidine are among the most popular drugs in the world. Millions of people rely on over-the-counter brands to relieve heart burn, while millions of others take prescription Zantac and ranitidine medications to treat ulcers, GERD, and other disorders related to the excess production of stomach acid.
In September 2019, the FDA warned that samples of Zantac and ranitidine had tested positive for NDMA. The initial testing was conducted by Valisure, an online pharmacy that apparently detected the cancer-causing chemical in every sample it analyzed, and often at levels significantly higher than the FDA’s daily acceptable limit of 96 nanograms.
Valisure also asserted that NDMA is produced when the unstable ranitidine molecule degrades during digestion. While the FDA has since conceded that the amount of NDMA found in some Zantac and ranitidine tablets was “unacceptable,” the agency is still working to determine if the chemical is produced in the human stomach following digestion.
Has there been a Zantac Recall?
After confirming the presence of NDMA, Valisure filed a citizen petition urging the FDA to order a Zantac recall. But so far, the agency has failed to do so.
In the meantime, health officials in Canada and several other countries ordered drug makers to either recall Zantac products or suspend sales of the drugs. A number of pharmaceutical companies, including Sandoz and Sanofi-Aventis, among others, have announced voluntary Zantac recalls in the United States, and the drugs have been removed from store shelves by CVS, Rite-Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, and other retailers.
Rather than order a Zantac recall, the FDA has advised anyone taking over-the-counter products to consider switching to an alternative heart burn drug. Those using prescription versions should not stop treatment without talking to their doctor, as doing so could worsen their condition.
Consumers who continue using Zantac and ranitidine are also advised to limit their intake of nitrate-containing foods (such as processed meats), as well as preservatives like sodium nitrite.
NDMA and Cancer
NDMA is used to manufacture jet fuel and industrial lubricants, as well as a byproduct of some manufacturing processes and wastewater treatment. NDMA is also found in some foods, including cured meats, and tobacco fumes.
Short-term exposure to high levels of NDMA can cause liver damage. Other symptoms of NDMA overexposure include: headaches; fever; nausea; jaundice; vomiting; abdominal cramps; dizziness, enlarged liver; and reduced function of the liver, kidneys, and lungs.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated NDMA a probable human carcinogen, as animal studies suggest long-term exposure may increase the risk for certain cancers, including gastrointestinal, kidney, and liver tumors. Other cancers associated with NDMA include tongue, esophagus, lung, and pancreas.
According to Zantac lawsuit plaintiffs, clinical trials linked Zantac to NDMA as early as the 1980s.
Learn if You’re Eligible to File a Zantac Lawsuit
You may be eligible to file a Zantac lawsuit if you or someone you love used a ranitidine product for at least three months and were later diagnosed with any of the above-mentioned cancers.
To learn if you’re entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other injury-related damages, please contact our Zantac lawyers today at -877-779-1414.