In early March of this year, Kentucky woman Vicki Sherbet filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Zantac (ranitidine) to seek compensation for her liver cancer. Sherbet used Zantac regularly for about eight years and developed liver cancer as a result, according to her case. The lawsuit claims that drug manufacturers knew or should have known about the cancerous effects of the drug, but failed to warn both consumers and the medical community about this risk.
Since September 2019, when ranitidine was petitioned for recall, there have been many similar lawsuits against drug manufacturers. The recall petition was filed by Valisure, a company that conducts routine drug testing. A Valisure report in June 2019 showed excessive levels of known carcinogen N-nitrosodimethlylamine (NDMA) in samples of Zantac. Further tests expounded upon this knowledge, noting that those levels could increase when ranitidine was present in the human body.
What Cancers are Linked to Zantac?
Zantac has been used (and marketed as safe) since introduction to the market in the 1980s. Many individuals who suffer from conditions such as heartburn, indigestion, GERD, acid reflux, and others have been treating their symptoms with the drug for a very long time - years or even decades. Ms. Sherbert’s continuous use of the drug led to liver cancer - the drug is metabolized by the liver where it can form into NDMA, and excess NDMA may then be distributed throughout the bloodstream. Zantac (ranitidine) may be tied to several different cancers, since NDMA formation after ingestion of the drug can occur throughout various areas of the body.
In addition to liver cancer, those individuals who have unfortunately developed any of the following cancers due to consistent and prolonged use of Zantac or similar ranitidine drugs may be eligible for compensation:
- Bladder cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Esophageal/colorectal cancer
- Kidney/renal cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Small intestine cancer
How can the Experienced Lawyers at Kwartler Manus, LLC. Help You?
If you or a loved one have developed one of the cancers listed above after continuous use of Zantac (ranitidine), make sure to contact us at Kwartler Manus, LLC. Our Zantac litigation lawyers have extensive experience representing clients in similar suits. By filing a mass tort claim against the manufacturers of Zantac, you may be able to receive compensation for your pain and suffering, and protect others from future harm. Our dedicated attorneys will help you navigate this complicated process with ease and help you receive the justice you deserve. Contact our office online or by phone at (866) 840-6708 for your FREE consultation.