In September 2019, consumers were dismayed to learn that Zantac (ranitidine), an over-the-counter heartburn drug, had been linked to cancer. A Zantac analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found “unacceptable” levels of NDMA (N-nitrodosodimethylamine), a chemical that may cause cancer. Six months later, the FDA requested a full recall of all ranitidine products from the market.
If you are currently taking Zantac, you should stop doing so immediately and speak with your doctor about alternative treatments. If you took Zantac or another ranitidine product and were then diagnosed with cancer, you may want to speak with an attorney to see if you’re owed compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Why Did the FDA Recall Zantac?
The FDA found low levels of NDMA, a probable carcinogen (cancer-causing agent), in Zantac. It issued a voluntary recall at that time and recommended that consumers consider other treatments.
The FDA then conducted and analyzed more tests over a six-month period and determined that the cancer risks were too high, stating, “The agency has determined that the impurity in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures and may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels of this impurity.”
On April 1, 2020, the FDA issued a mandatory recall of all ranitidine products, most notably Zantac.
When Was Zantac Recalled?
A voluntary recall of 14 lots of Zantac occurred in September 2019. The full, mandatory recall of all ranitidine products occurred on April 1, 2020.
Should I Stop Taking Zantac?
Yes. In a press release announcing the Zantac recall, the FDA advised consumers to stop taking Zantac, dispose of the drugs, and not buy them again. Those who need to keep treating their heartburn or acid reflux “should consider using other approved OTC [over-the-counter] products.”
Can I File a Zantac Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one took Zantac or another ranitidine product and were diagnosed with cancer, you may be owed money from the drug’s manufacturer. As of this writing, there are 230 Zantac lawsuits pending in Florida courts.
Speak with a licensed personal injury attorney to determine if you are eligible for a Zantac lawsuit.
What Can I Recover From a Drug Lawsuit?
By filing a lawsuit against a drug-maker, a plaintiff may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Funeral expenses (in the event of a loved one’s death)
Every case is different, so without knowing the circumstances of your situation, it’s impossible to say for sure exactly which damages you might be entitled to.
How Do I File a Zantac Lawsuit?
The first step in filing a Zantac lawsuit is to speak with a personal injury lawyer. At Morgan & Morgan, our consultations are free, and it costs nothing upfront to hire us. In fact, we get paid only if we successfully resolve your case.
Over the past 30 years, we’ve battled countless drug companies on our way to recovering $7 billion for our clients. Our attorneys are trial-ready and willing to fight For The People.
If you think you may have a Zantac lawsuit, give us a call or fill out a free case review form to see if we can help you.
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