Zantac (ranitidine) is a drug used to control the amount of acid produced by the stomach. It has been commonly used to treat severe heartburn along with other intestinal problems such as ulcers. Approved by the FDA in 1983, it was an extremely popular antacid drug, with over 15 million prescriptions a year. That made it at one time the 50th most prescribed drug in the country, without considering over the counter sales in the millions as well. It was the first drug ever to generate $1 billion in annual sales in the U.S.
Tests on the drug led to an FDA announcement in 2019 that NDMA, a known carcinogenic substance, had been found in Zantac, leading to a withdrawal of the drug from the market.
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When Was Zantac Recalled?
The FDA announcement regarding the presence of NDMA was made on September 13th, 2019, with companies withdrawing Zantac from sale in the following few weeks. The official announcement withdrawing the drug from the market by the FDA was made on April 1st, 2020.
What Kind of Cancer Does Zantac Cause?
NDMA = is a known carcinogen that can cause a number of health problems including kidney failure, along with increasing the risk of cancer. Studies have associated use of Zantac with a number of cancers throughout the body, including:
- Stomach cancer
- Renal cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Lung cancer – Only for non-smokers
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Gastric cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Colon cancer
- Breast cancer (including ductal carcinoma)
- Bladder cancer
Why Was Zantac Taken off the Market?
After concerns about Zantac were raised by a number of scientific studies, the FDA discovered what they term ‘unacceptable amounts’ of a known carcinogen, NDMA various test lots of the drug.
How do You Qualify for a Zantac Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one took Zantac, whether by prescription or purchased as an over-the-counter drug, and subsequently developed any form of cancer described above, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
If you have lost a family member or loved one as a result of cancer you believe was brought on by taking Zantac, you may also be awarded emotional damages and funeral costs.
Although Zantac been withdrawn from the market, it may be too late for many of the people who took the drug. People who were diagnosed with cancer while taking Zantac deserve justice, and the attorneys at Phoenix Injury and Accident Law Firm near you are here to help you achieve it.
What Can You Recover from a Zantac Lawsuit?
Those who file a lawsuit and are awarded a settlement may recover the cost of the medical bills incurred during the cancer treatment. In addition, they may recover lost earnings from being unable to work, emotional damages, pain and suffering, and other financial costs that have been incurred.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
A lawyer can help establish if you have a case against the manufacturer of Zantac for costs and damages and bring that action to court on your behalf.
If you’ve suffered from negative side effects from Zantac, Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you can help you seek compensation. We work on a contingency basis; we don’t get paid unless you get paid. When you’re ready to move forward with your claim, please contact our office, conveniently located in your area.
Leveraging our 20+ years of winning claims against goliath insurance companies, we know how to move heaven and earth to get you fairly compensated for your unbearable loss. We know that only then will you be able to close this painful chapter and start a new one, stronger and bolder than before. Not only can we assist you with drug recall cases like Zantac but we also handle other medical malpractice suits such as DePuy Hip Implant cases.