Zantac and ranitidine are heartburn medicines that contain an element known as N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. NDMA is listed by the World Health Organization as a probable human carcinogen. The highest cancer risk posed by excessive levels of NDMA is gastric or stomach cancer.
However, high levels or long-term exposure to NDMA may increase the risk of:
- Colorectal cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Cancer of the small intestine
- Liver cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Breast cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Throat Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
As you can see, Zantac may cause many types of cancer. If you are a long-term Zantac user and were diagnosed with cancer, you may be entitled to financial recovery.
Zantac and Other Ranitidine Medications
Zantac is the trade name for ranitidine. Ranitidine is classified as an H2 blocker that treats a variety of gastrointestinal conditions, including:
- Acid indigestion
- Sour stomach
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD
- Zollinger–Ellison syndrome
It was available in prescription and over-the-counter formulas, including:
- Oral tablets and capsules
- Film-coated tablets
- Zantac 75-mg and 150-mg doses
- Zantac Cool Mint 150-mg doses
Several manufacturers produce ranitidine medications.
FDA Recalls Zantac Over Cancer Link
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall for Zantac and ranitidine medication in April 2020 after the agency was notified about excessive levels of NDMA. In their press release, the FDA warned that “…sustained higher levels of exposure may increase the risk of cancer in humans.”
The agency is testing Zantac to determine if long storage time or high temperatures can also increase the amount of NDMA to dangerous levels. Currently, the FDA suggests that more than 96 nanograms per day (or 0.32 parts per million) is unacceptable and increases the risk of developing cancer. An independent study uncovered more than 3,000,000 nanograms in one tablet, according to reports.
Defendants in the Zantac Cancer Lawsuit
In 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against pharmaceutical companies Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim. The plaintiffs alleged that the companies continued to sell Zantac despite knowing the risk of cancer, according to an article in Bloomberg News.
In addition to Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim, other domestic and overseas manufacturers who may be held liable include:
- Acic Pharms
- Ajanta Pharma LTD
- Aurobindo Pharma LTD
- Glenmark Pharms, Inc.
- Heritage Pharma
- Dr. Reddys Labs LTD
- Novitium Pharma
- Strides Pharma
- VKT Pharma PVT LTD
- Wockhardt LTD
Patients who took Zantac or a generic version should talk to their healthcare provider about alternative medication that do not have the same risks.
What You Should Do if You Suspect Your Cancer Is Related to Zantac
If you have not been examined by a doctor, you should make an appointment. Many cancers associated with Zantac can be caught early using standard diagnostic procedures.
These procedures include:
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) to detect stomach cancer.
- Mammogram and ultrasound to detect breast cancer.
- Pap smears and gynecological exams to detect uterine or ovarian cancer.
- Blood tests and physical exams that may detect prostate cancer.
- Colonoscopy to detect colon and rectal cancer.
If you are diagnosed with cancer and have previously used Zantac, call a lawyer to find out more about your legal options.
Seeking Damages in a Zantac Cancer Lawsuit
Each case is different. You should know that no law firms can guarantee that you will recover damages. However, our legal team is dedicated to pursuing financial recovery for clients who have been injured or disabled through no fault of their own. Recoverable damages may include:
- Cancer-fighting treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy
- Palliative care
- Lifecare expenses
- Lost income
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship or consortium
A Zantac cancer lawsuit lawyer with D. Miller & Associates, PLLC may be able to protect your rights and help you recover damages.
Cancer Risk Factors
There are several kinds of cancers caused by Zantac. However, there are also other risk factors when it comes to developing cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Some of these risk factors you can control, such as not smoking. Other factors, like your age, are beyond your control.
Common risk factors for cancer include:
- Alcohol consumption
- Being obese
- Chronic inflammation
- Immunosuppression conditions
- Radiation exposure
- Sun exposure
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