Ranitidine, which is commonly sold under the brand name Zantac, is a medicine that millions of Americans took until recently to help treat heartburn, reflux, indigestion, ulcers, and other related conditions.
In April 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that all manufacturers and sellers of over-the-counter or prescription ranitidine drugs pull these products from the market, citing public health concerns. As a result of the drug’s possibly severe and dangerous impacts, anyone who took Zantac or other ranitidine medicines might be eligible to sue for the harm the product has caused them.
If you are suffering from destructive side effects after taking Zantac or another ranitidine product, please contact the Zantac lawyers at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. right away. Our drug injury lawyers have the depth of experience you need to pursue justice and maximum compensation for your case.
Over the past three decades, our firm has served over 30,000 clients, and we’ve helped them recover more than $500 million for their injuries. These high-value case results and testimonials from our past clients show that we have the in-depth knowledge, commitment, and resources to help you get the best outcome possible for your case.
With Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., you can have peace of mind that we’ll do all we can to help you fight for your rights and hold drugmakers accountable. If you suspect Zantac harmed you, get the tools you need to make the best choice for you and your family. Contact our product liability lawyers today by calling us or contacting us online to set up your free consultation.
Why Are Zantac (Ranitidine) Lawsuits Being Filed?
Zantac lawsuits are being filed because many batches of the drug were found to contain high levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a known carcinogen.
Victims of dangerous products can typically sue if a drug maker released a dangerous or defective product or if they failed to provide adequate warnings about harmful side effects or interactions. In the case of Zantac lawsuits, victims claim that Sanofi (Zantac’s manufacturer) and other manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of ranitidine drugs knew their products contained harmful levels of NDMA.
The suits claim that these negligent companies knew that customers might not buy the drugs if they knew the full risks, and the companies chose profits over public safety when they failed to take proper actions to warn the public about the dangers of taking these medicines.
Is Zantac Safe?
Essentially, no, Zantac is not safe. The FDA has determined that Zantac poses a high enough risk to patients that the drug should not be on the market. They have recommended that companies stop manufacturing and selling the drug, plus they have advised consumers to stop taking Zantac, throw away any of these products that they have at home, and consult with a doctor about alternative treatment options.
While the FDA did not issue a full official recall of Zantac until April 2020, the FDA had warned ranitidine manufacturers for months that their products might contain the cancer-causing substance NDMA, plus health agencies in other countries recalled ranitidine drugs in 2019.
According to the FDA and the World Health Organization (WHO), NDMA has been linked to liver cancer, bladder cancer, stomach cancers, and other cancers. Additionally, they found that the concentration of NDMA in ranitidine products increases over time or when the drug is stored at higher temperatures.
This means that patients might have ingested a hazardous amount of NDMA if they consumed Zantac that had been sitting on a store shelf for a while or took the medicine after exposing it to higher temperatures while they were traveling or taking it home from the store. In addition, people who took Zantac over a long period of time might have been exposed to an even higher level of NDMA, which further increases their risk of cancer.
Ranitidine Statistics on Cancer
Before the recall, physicians prescribed ranitidine drugs over 15 million times a year, plus countless more people bought these drugs over the counter. According to the FDA, an acceptable level of NDMA is 96 nanograms per day or 0.32 ppm, but tests of some ranitidine products found NDMA at levels of more than 3 million nanograms – as much as 34,000 times the acceptable limit.
Additionally, studies showed that people who took ranitidine could have 400 times more NDMA in their urine than before they took the drug.
Studies of NDMA’s harmful impacts have been going on for years. Certain blood pressure medications were recalled after investigations found they contained unacceptable levels of NDMA. While no study has proven that NDMA definitely causes cancer in humans, lab tests have shown that it causes cancer in some animals.
Bottom line is, the substance is extremely toxic. It was once used to make rocket fuel, and even in small amounts, it can cause liver damage.
What You Should Do If Injured by Zantac/Ranitidine?
If you believe that Zantac or other ranitidine medications have injured you, there are some steps you can take to help protect your rights:
Talk to a Doctor.
It’s critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you believe you might be suffering from adverse effects after taking Zantac. If you are still dealing with ailments like heartburn or ulcers, a physician can help reduce risks that might come from abruptly stopping your treatment by recommending other medications that you can use to treat your condition.
Additionally, they can evaluate you and help determine any harm you might have suffered because of Zantac. Some conditions aren’t immediately obvious, but your physician can run various tests to detect as early as possible any harm that Zantac has caused you. This medical evaluation is essential to helping you treat your condition and helping prevent or reduce any long-term impacts of this dangerous drug.
The doctor’s report could be a vital piece of evidence if you decide to file a Zantac lawsuit. This document can help you prove the severity of your Zantac drug injuries as well as help you show the cause.
Reach Out to a Lawyer Handling Zantac Recalls.
Contact a drug injury attorney who has a proven track record of success fighting for the rights of victims harmed by dangerous and defective drugs.
Experienced drug injury attorneys have the skills and resources to help you get the best possible outcome for your case. Your attorney can evaluate your case, help you understand your legal options, and fight aggressively on your behalf to get the justice and compensation you’re owed.
Some of the legal options that might be available to you include;
Filing an individual lawsuit or filing a class-action lawsuit.
You can file either of these types of lawsuits in state or federal court, but one method might make more sense for your personal circumstances. Alternatively, you might consider filing a settlement fund claim.
Each of these options can help victims recover compensation, although how much money you can get and how long the process will take varies. Your Zantac lawyer can help determine which legal route might make the most sense for you, and they can handle all the details of your claim.
Whatever legal option you choose, your attorney can help you complete and submit all of the paperwork required for a drug injury claim, and they can help you gather the evidence needed to build a solid case. They can also help advise you at every stage of your case, answer any questions you might have, and advocate on your behalf.
Potential Damages You Could Recover in a Zantac Lawsuit
The experienced product liability lawyers as Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. focus on helping victims seek maximum compensation for their injuries caused by dangerous and defective drugs. This is why we don’t charge clients unless and until we secure compensation for them.
Compensation that you might be able to recover in a Zantac lawsuit includes coverage for losses like:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished ability to earn income in the future
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of ability to participate in activities you used to enjoy
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship or consortium
Get Help from a Zantac Recall Lawyer
If you or a loved are suffering because of this dangerous pharmaceutical product, the drug injury lawyers at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. are here to help. We’ve been helping victims of negligent companies seek justice and full compensation for more than 30 years. We want to help you do the same.
Don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact us today to schedule a case evaluation in English or Spanish. Your initial consultation is free, plus we won’t charge you any fees unless we help you win your case. Call us or contact us online now.