The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a voluntary recall of the heartburn medication ranitidine. This is the active ingredient in the brand name drug Zantac, which is sold by the drug maker Sanofi.
An FDA investigation found that the medication, as well as generic ranitidine tablets, contained dangerous levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is a probable human carcinogen, so consumers of Zantac and generic ranitidine may be at risk for developing cancer.
Zantac is an over-the-counter medication sold at drugstores like Walgreens and CVS. Doctors may also prescribe ranitidine to treat conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and acid reflux.
The makers of Zantac are now facing a class action lawsuit for the link to this cancer-causing chemical. If you or a loved one previously took this drug and developed cancer, you may be able to make a Zantac cancer claim through a law firm. You could also be eligible for compensation.
What Cancers Have Been Linked to Zantac?
NDMA is most often found in water and foods, such as dairy products, vegetables, and grilled meats. According to the FDA, laboratory studies have shown the substance to be potentially carcinogenic. Exposure to high levels of NDMA has been linked to the following types of cancer.
- Bladder cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Colon and Rectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Lung cancer (non-smokers)
- Ovarian cancer
Zantac Cancer Lawsuit: How Can You Make a Claim?
If you were diagnosed with cancer following frequent use of the over-the-counter heartburn drug Zantac, or other generic versions of ranitidine products, be sure to contact the team at Hill & Ponton. You may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages (past and future), punitive damage, temporary or permanent disability, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Those seeking compensation through a Zantac lawsuit, or anyone with questions about the Zantac recall, can contact the Disability Attorneys at Hill & Ponton. You can also fill out an online form to receive a free case evaluation.