Have you taken Zantac and been diagnosed with bladder, liver, kidney, stomach or lung cancer?
Our law firm is accepting clients who took Zantac (ranitidine) and have been diagnosed with bladder, liver, kidney, stomach or lung cancer.
What Do We Know About Zantac
On September 13, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported the discovery of the cancer causing contaminant called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in Zantac (ranitidine), a common heartburn medication available over-the-counter or by prescription. It stated that it was investigating Zantac cancer risks after the testing of Zantac 150 mg tablets found the commonly-used heartburn medication contains NDMA at levels up to 3,000 times greater than the FDA’s daily intake limit.
On April 1, 2020 the U.S. FDA announced that it is requesting manufacturers to withdraw all Zantac and generic Zantac OTC ranitidine drugs from the market effective immediately. The FDA determined that N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in some ranitidine medications “increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures and may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels…” The FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) all classify NDMA as a cancer-causing substance.
During the period in which Zantac was manufactured and marketed by Boerhinger Ingelheim and Sanofi, scientific research showed a definite link between ranitidine, the active ingredient in Zantac, and NDMA. Specifically, when ranitidine comes in contact with water, it creates a chemical reaction that causes the formation of NDMA.
Despite their knowledge of this information, the drug makers chose not to disclose this risk to the FDA or to consumers. This deception came even as the companies made unprecedented profits from Zantac, one of the first drugs to generate $1 billion in sales.
NDMA and Zantac Complications & Symptoms
The health effects of overexposure to NDMA include jaundice, nausea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps and dizziness. High levels of exposure can cause reduced function, damage and cancer of the liver, kidneys, stomach bladder and lungs.
If you or someone you loved one took Zantac (ranitidine) and developed cancer, it is in your best interest to speak with the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Holton Law Firm about filing a Zantac lawsuit.