Zantac Lawsuit: Zantac and Cancer Risks

One of the most significant concerns with pharmaceutical drugs is the risk of injury caused by side effects. Recently, you may have heard that Zantac (ranitidine), a popular heartburn drug, has been linked to cancer. Lawsuits against the manufacturers of Zantac allege that the drug has unacceptable levels of a cancer-causing chemical called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). An injury or wrongful death Zantac lawsuit would hold the manufacturers accountable for allegedly concealing such cancer links. 

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What Is Zantac?

Zantac is the brand name of a heartburn medication called ranitidine. It is an H2 blocker drug, meaning it reduces the amount of stomach acid by blocking specific histamine receptors in the stomach. It is available both over-the-counter and by prescription. 

The product is used to treat conditions like peptic ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux, and other similar issues. Zantac use is often correlated with eating unhealthy foods high in salt, sugar, fat, and preservatives.  

Recent studies have confirmed that the molecules of the drug break down in the digestive system to create harmful NDMA levels. This NDMA exposure resulting from taking the drug is the focus of Zantac lawsuits. 


Does Zantac Cause Cancer?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an advisory report after discovering NDMA in Zantac at 3,000 to 26,000 times higher than FDA-approved levels. 

The acceptable threshold set by the FDA for daily NDMA intake is below 100 nanograms. On the other hand, studies indicate that a 150 mg dose of Zantac could contain more than 2.5 million nanograms of NDMA. Other studies show that Zantac consumers can have up to a 400-fold increase of NDMA concentration in their urine. 

The recommended dose for ulcer disease is 300 milligrams daily for four to eight weeks. Thus, this presents a significant risk of exposure to NDMA. The World Health Organization has described NDMA as a “potent carcinogenic” in experimental animals, which humans may be especially sensitive to. 

Zantac lawsuits allege that manufacturers such as Sanofi and Boehringer Ingleham knew of the risks of NDMA formation and exposure with their products, yet failed to alert the public of the dangers through Zantac cancer warning labels or other means. They also allege that if consumers had known about the link between Zantac and cancer risks, they would not have used or purchased the products. 

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Is There a Recall on Zantac?

Defective drugs are typically recalled from the market to prevent further injury to consumers. On April 1, 2020, the FDA issued a news release requesting the removal of all Zantac products from the market. As a result, Zantac products will no longer be available for prescription or over-the-counter use in the U.S.

Many manufacturers have already voluntarily recalled several versions of the products. For instance:

Other manufacturers and companies have issued similar recalls, and more may join as time progresses. Stores such as Walgreens and CVS no longer sell Zantac. A class-action lawsuit can help those affected by NDMA levels in Zantac products. 

These types of legal claims can be complex and will require the assistance of a lawyer. The attorneys at Searcy Denney have the experience and expertise to provide consumers with legal guidance and representation. Contact us at (800) 388-3905 if you or a loved one have been affected and need legal consultation.


Zantac Side Effects and Injuries

The link between Zantac and cancer goes back decades. Continuing research is revealing even more possible health risks. 

NDMA and Zantac have long been linked to primary cancers, which include:

  • Stomach cancer 
  • Small intestine cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Esophageal cancer

Besides these cancer risks, Zantac is associated with other side effects, like headaches, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal discomfort. The drug is also prescribed to infants for conditions like acid reflux, raising concerns about Zantac side effects in infants as well. Legal action may be needed to provide injury victims with compensation for their losses. 


Damages and Remedies in a Zantac Lawsuit

If you took Zantac and were diagnosed with cancer, you may be entitled to the following damages:

  • Medical costs and expenses resulting from injuries
  • Loss of wages or lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering (often caused by treatment and recovery periods, not just the injuries themselves)
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Punitive damages
  • Various other costs and financial losses 

To qualify for participation in a Zantac lawsuit, you may need to meet several criteria. For example, it is typically necessary to show:

  • You used Zantac
  • You suffered an injury due to the usage (such as cancer)
  • Your use of Zantac and the resulting cancer diagnosis are related 

These can be complex matters to prove, especially the link between usage and diagnosis. Such matters require the assistance of a qualified and experienced injury attorney.


Contact the Lawyers at Searcy Denney for Help With a Zantac Lawsuit

Injuries and medical conditions caused by Zantac use can be severe, and in certain cases, life-threatening. Legal action against large pharmaceutical companies can also be complicated and can involve several legal concepts at once. Thus, it’s in your best interest to contact a personal lawyer for assistance if a Zantac product injured you or a loved one.

The attorneys at Searcy Denney have a strong track record of successful case results, and we understand what you may be experiencing during these difficult times. Get in touch with us today at (800) 388-3905 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation regarding your case. We’re here to help you get the justice you deserve.




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