Recently, a potential link was discovered between high levels of a known carcinogen in Zantac and some Zantac users being diagnosed with cancer.
The lawsuit against Zantac alleges that regular and long-term use of Zantac for acid indigestion and heartburn caused the plaintiffs to develop cancer. They are seeking financial recovery from Zantac manufacturers for damages caused by their cancer diagnosis.
Link Between Zantac and Cancer
Zantac helps relieve the pain and symptoms of heartburn by decreasing the amount of stomach acid. One of the ingredients in Zantac is a chemical, N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA. NDMA is found in both the over the counter and the prescription version of Zantac.
NDMA is a known carcinogen that is used to induce tumors in laboratory animals for research purposes, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Recent medical research has found a potential link between NDMA and cancer, including a study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. The study revealed that people who had larger amounts of NDMA were 34 percent more likely to develop stomach or gastric cancer.
Alarming Levels of Cancer-Causing Ingredient in Zantac
A pharmaceutical startup company discovered that Zantac contained alarming levels of NDMA in Zantac. They believed that these levels accelerated over time and with exposure to warmer temperatures.
This research prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to recall all Zantac products, including those that were in the generic version. The agency is investigating and advises consumers to choose an alternative heartburn medicine that does not contain NDMA.
Sickened Consumers Are Suing for Damages
There are currently 141 lawsuits against Zantac manufacturers, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Plaintiffs in these lawsuits allege that:
- Manufacturers knew that Zantac contained NDMA and that the amount of NDMA increased under certain conditions.
- Manufacturers knowingly kept Zantac on the market despite this knowledge.
- Manufacturers failed to warn consumers about the possible link between Zantac and cancer because they wanted to protect their reputation and continue to profit.
Proving that a drug is dangerous can be complex. That is why plaintiffs who want financial recovery and justice often turn to a lawyer who handles these kinds of cases.
We Can Help Establish Liability and Negligence
The lawsuit against Zantac is based on four basic elements of any personal injury lawsuit.
These elements are:
- Duty of care that the defendant (in this case, makers of Zantac) will take reasonable measures to ensure that their actions do not cause harm.
- Breach of duty means that the defendant breached this duty in some manner, either by omission or carelessness.
- Causation is a legal way of saying that this breach of duty caused you to suffer injuries, which in this situation would be cancer.
- Damages are the financial and emotional losses that are a direct result of injuries.
Of course, the pharmaceutical company or distributor will also have their own lawyer to argue that there are other reasons how a Zantac user could develop cancer.
We Pursue Justice While You Focus on Your Health
A lawyer can help you take care of the details in a Zantac cancer lawsuit. This allows you to focus on your health and well-being. A lawyer is your legal advocate who can speak on your behalf to insurance companies, the defendant’s lawyer, and to the court.
We understand that you did not deserve to be diagnosed with cancer, especially if Zantac contributed or caused your disease. You did not choose to be in this situation, and our legal team is here to help you find a favorable outcome.
What We Do in a Lawsuit Against Zantac
Not all law firms can handle defective or dangerous drug lawsuits. They are complicated and require a fine attention to detail that some law firms cannot or chose not to provide.
D. Miller & Associates, PLLC knows how to help you recover damages and justice.
This process includes:
- Free case evaluation
- Consistent updates on the progress of your case.
- Securing all documentation, evidence, and testimony.
- Communicating with all liable parties on your behalf.
The sooner you call, the sooner we can help.
Contact Us Today
Please call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC today if you took Zantac and were diagnosed with cancer. You could be entitled to damages from the liable party.
For a free case evaluation with a member of our firm, call: (713) 850-8600.
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