Since a petition for recall in September 2019, there have been a slew of lawsuits filed against the popular heartburn/antacid drug Zantac (ranitidine) and the companies that manufacture it. Valisure, a Connecticut-based company, found excessive levels of the carcinogen N-nitrosodimethlylamine (NDMA) during routine testing of ranitidine samples. They conducted more tests under different circumstances and consistently found NDMA levels thousands of times the legal limit set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Valisure alerted the FDA in June 2019 of these extremely high levels, and when the federal agency failed to take action, the testing company filed an official citizen’s petition requesting a recall of the drug three months later.
Though they have not issued an official recall, the FDA announced in October 2019 that they were ordering all Zantac manufacturers to conduct NDMA testing for the suspected NDMA. A large number of companies including the primary manufacturers of the drug (Apotex, Sandoz/Novartis, and GlaxoSmithKline) recalled the products themselves, without FDA instruction.
Cancer Lawsuits are Currently Being Filed Against the Manufacturers of Zantac (Ranitidine)
Zantac-users who have developed cancer are filing lawsuits against these manufacturers on several counts including Negligence, Strict Liability - Design Defect, and Strict Liability - Failure to warn. These cases assert that the drug companies were responsible for testing products and had a duty to report the true “character, quality, and nature” of the drug. One particular case states that “going back as far as 1981, two years before Zantac entered the market, research showed elevated rates of NDMA” and that, therefore, the ranitidine manufacturing companies “knew or had reason to know that Zantac products were defective and were inherently dangerous and unsafe when used in the manner instructed and provided”.
One of the first lawsuits filed was by California resident Walter Hansen, who ingested 150 mg of ranitidine per day from 2010 - 2019 and was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2017. Walter had not heard of any link between Zantac and cancer until early October 2019, when he listened to a podcast that discussed the high levels of NDMA in the drug. Deborah Haskins in New Jersey developed esophageal cancer after taking at least one 75 mg dosage of Zantac per day for several years. Her case claimed that “as a direct and proximate result of ingesting Zantac, Plantiff (Deborah) contracted Esophageal Cancer”. There have been dozens of suits in the past several months requesting compensation for similar damages.
Though most drug companies have recalled their ranitidine products, many customers are still unaware that a cancer diagnosis during in the recent past may have been caused by Zantac, as it’s been on the market since 1985.
How Do you Qualify for Lawsuits Against Zantac/ Ranitidine?
You may qualify for compensation if you are/were a regular Zantac user and were diagnosed with cancer after the time you started taking it. The exact parameters of these measurements are variable depending on dosage and consistency. However, the general qualifications are daily use of three months or longer.
Additionally, you must have been diagnosed with any of the following cancers:
- Stomach cancer
- Liver cancer
- Esophageal/colorectal cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney/renal cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Small intestine cancer
How Can We Help?
If you or a loved one has developed cancer after using Zantac (ranitidine), make sure to contact an experienced attorney. Do not wait! There are various deadlines and statute of limitations for cases such as this, and you don’t want to be reaching out too late.
Our dedicated attorneys have experience representing clients in similar cases. By filing/joining a mass tort claim against Zantac, you may be able to get compensation for your damages and protect others from future threats. Our attorneys will be by your side to help you navigate this complex process with ease and help you win the money you deserve.
Don’t hesitate to pursue the compensation you deserve to make up for these pharmaceutical companies’ mistakes. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn your rights.