Zantac® Lawsuit Attorneys
The attorneys at Allen & Nolte represent victims who have developed certain types of cancer and suffered due to defective and dangerous drugs. You may be able to take legal action against the pharmaceutical manufacturing company. With thousands of people now stricken with cancer after taking Zantac, many are turning to the courts to file a lawsuit and hold Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim accountable for their actions.
The investigations conducted by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered a cancer risk for the 150 tablets that contain a carcinogenic chemical up to 3,000 times greater than the FDA’s daily intake limit. The carcinogenic chemical present in Zantac is known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (“NDMA”).
Many studies have demonstrated the relationship between NDMA and cancer. Mounting evidence indicates that Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim, the makers of Zantac (ranitidine hydrochloride), may have known there was a cancer connection. The public who took the drug for heartburn, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sour stomach, Barrett’s esophagus, acid reflux, and other issues may now be at risk.
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If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, call now for a free and confidential consultation. These are the associated types of cancers:
- Bladder Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Rectal Cancer
- Stomach/Gastric Cancer
- Intestinal Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
Our law firm is here to fight for justice and the compensation you may deserve. These large and powerful pharmaceutical companies can be challenging. We have a track record of winning cases against these large corporations, and we are here to help.
What is Zantac?
Zantac (ranitidine hydrochloride) is a very popular antacid medication that has been on the market since the early 1980s. Zantac is available over the counter (Zantac OTC) and by prescription. Some of the most common uses are:
- acid reflux
- stomach issues
- throat issues
- gastrointestinal issues
DO NOT STOP TAKING MEDICATION WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR DOCTOR
Common Brands | Products That Contain Ranitidine
Below are some of the most common brands:
- Zantac 150 Tablets
- Zantac 150 Maximum Strength
- Zantac 150 Maximum Strength Cool Mint
- Zantac 75 Tablets
Does Zantac Cause Cancer?
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies the chemical, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), as a cancer-causing carcinogen. Zantac and its generic active ingredient, ranitidine hcl, metabolizes into NDMA.
NDMA is a semi-volatile organic chemical that belongs to a family of chemicals known as N-nitrosamines. According to the EPA, N-nitrosamines are “a family of potent carcinogens.”
The FDA established a 96 ng (nanograms) per day intake limit of NDMA. However, recent testing using FDA-approved methods found more than 2,500,000 ng of NDMA in a Zantac 150 mg tablet, which is a common dosage that people take every day.
In response to the September 2019 FDA announcement, CVS and Walgreens pulled Zantac from their shelves. They cited that the reason for the product pull was the link between Zantac NDMA and cancer. In statements, both pharmacy companies noted that consumers who purchased the drugs could get Zantac refunds.
In October 2019, Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim announced their own Zantac recall in the United States and Canada, and the U.K. unit of Teva Pharmaceuticals, the largest generic drug maker in the world, recalled batches of ranitidine.
NDMA and Zantac Cancer Risk
During the development process of rocket fuel, the NDMA molecule was discovered. The chemical is created with the combination of DMA and Nitrogen (N) that forms a highly carcinogenic compound.
When Zantac interacts with stomach acid and heat in that environment, the molecule transforms into NDMA. This is the reason that people who took it are showing more than 400 times the legally allowable limit of NDMA in their urine. Basically, NDMA is created during the process of digesting the medication, which is why the cancer risk had not been discovered until recently.
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