If you took Zantac or a generic equivalent to treat heartburn or acid reflux for at least five years and were diagnosed with bladder or stomach cancer, you may be eligible to file a Zantac lawsuit to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Gordon & Partners’ licensed defective drug attorneys are investigating these claims and are prepared to discuss your situation in a free, no-obligation legal consultation. We can determine if you may have a case and if you choose to move forward, we can represent you at no upfront cost.
Our firm has a proven record of obtaining millions in compensation for personal injury victims, this includes significant recoveries from corporations that sold dangerous products. Founding member Robert Gordon is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association for Justice.
You can contact us anytime, 24/7 to schedule your free consultation. Our lawyers do not get paid for representing you unless you receive compensation.
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Am I Eligible to File a Case?
Defective drug cases, including those involving the heartburn drug Zantac, can be very complex. When you speak to one of our experienced attorneys, there are many factors we may need to consider when trying to determine if you have a viable case and if the manufacturer could be held liable:
- How long you have been taking Zantac and how frequently
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings about dangerous side effects of the drug
- Research on the dangers of the substances the make up the drug
- When you were diagnosed with cancer
- Whether the manufacturer knew or should have known the drug was dangerous
- Whether the manufacturer warned consumers
Our firm is investigating cases involving bladder or stomach cancer patients who took Zantac for a minimum of five years. As each case is unique, we need to meet with you to determine if you may be eligible to file a Zantac lawsuit.
The consultation is free and there is no obligation to take legal action. We are here to answer your questions and determine potential legal options.
What Could My Case be Worth?
Cancer treatment can be very difficult to go through and can last quite a while. Treatment options like surgery, radiation or chemotherapy can quickly become very expensive, particularly when victims are unable to work.
If our defective drug attorneys are able to file a Zantac lawsuit on your behalf, we may be able to pursue compensation for current and future medical expenses for your treatment.
Other types of compensation that may be available include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of care, protection and guidance
The value of a case and the damages available depend on the injuries the victim suffered and the way those injuries affect his or her life. As each case is unique, it is very important to meet with a licensed attorney to discuss damages that may be available to you in a Zantac lawsuit.
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FDA Warning of Cancer Risk from Zantac
Zantac has been on the market for decades to treat heartburn and to help prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines caused by too much acid in the stomach, a condition also known as acid reflux.
On September 13, 2019, the FDA alerted consumers to a substance in ranitidine that may cause cancer. (Ranitidine is the active ingredient in Zantac.) The FDA said lab tests confirmed the presence of N-nitroso dimethylamine (NDMA) at levels between 3,000 and 26,000 times higher than the level the FDA has determined to be safe.
The FDA is investigating the reason for the presence of NDMA in ranitidine drugs. In its announcement, it said patients who want to discontinue using ranitidine should discuss it with their doctor. The FDA did not call for patients to stop taking the medication.
Less than two weeks after the announcement about NDMA, the FDA announced voluntary recalls of 14 lots of prescription ranitidine tablets distributed by Sandoz Inc. due to the presence of NDMA. One month later, the FDA announced more voluntary recalls of ranitidine tablets, including recalls by:
- Perrigo Company plc – all pack sizes of over-the-counter ranitidine tablets
- Novitium Pharma LLC – all unexpired quantities and lots of ranitidine hydrochloride capsules
- Lannett Company, Inc. – all unexpired lots of prescription ranitidine syrup
Research Linking Zantac to NDMA/Higher Risk of Cancer
It is important to note that while Sanofi and Boerhinger Ingelheim were producing and marketing Zantac, there was research showing a link between ranitidine and NDMA and a potentially increased risk of developing cancer.
In 2004, a study found those taking Zantac or Tagamet for peptic ulcers had an increased risk of developing bladder cancer.
A 2016 study done by Stanford University researchers found patients’ urine contained large amounts of NDMA. Ten healthy volunteers received 150 milligrams of Zantac and tests of their urine found 47,000 nanograms of NDMA – the amount in their bodies may have been higher because it would have been metabolized before becoming urine.
Sanofi disputes the methods used in this study and cites a 2013 meta-analysis of the possible link between acid-suppressing drugs and gastric cancer, which said there is not a statistically significant association. However, this analysis did find acid-suppressing drugs are associated with a higher risk of gastric cancer.
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Zantac Lawsuits Against the Manufacturer
A class action lawsuit was filed against Zantac manufacturer Sanofi in the U.S. District court for the Northern District of California in the fall of 2019. The lawsuit says the company actively concealed the risk of cancer and knowingly produced and sold a drug with a strong carcinogen to millions of patients for the treatment of heartburn and gastrointestinal problems.
Other lawsuits have been filed making similar allegations, including that the manufacturer did not take adequate steps to ensure the purity of the drug or warn about the risks of taking it.
For instance, a Florida man who took Zantac four to five times a week between 1985 and 2019 sued after developing kidney cancer in 2017.
Another lawsuit was filed in federal court in Denver on October 21, 2019 by someone who took Zantac for 23 years and was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
What Else is NDMA Used in?
This substance is present in industrial lubricants and rocket fuel. NDMA is also a by-product of processes like gasoline refining and processing of wastewater that has nitrogen in it. NDMA is also present in tobacco fumes.
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 says NDMA is extremely hazardous, which is why companies and other entities that produce, store or use this substance in large quantities must follow strict reporting requirements.
Side Effects of Exposure to NDMA
Exposure to NDMA, even in small amounts, can be very toxic, causing scarring and fibrosis of the liver. Exposure to this substance over a long period of time can raise the risk of developing tumors in the lungs, liver or kidneys.
Some of the other problems that can result from long-term use of Zantac and exposure to NDMA include:
- Nervous system problems
- Deficiency of vitamin B-12
- Higher risk for pneumonia
- Hair loss
- Skin rashes
- Failure of the liver
- Irregular heartbeat
- Low blood platelet levels
Symptoms that you or a loved one were overexposed to NDMA can include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Enlargement of the liver
- Feeling nauseous
Call Our Defective Drug Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation
A stomach or bladder cancer diagnosis is devastating news for both the patient and his or her family. It can be even more devastating if the disease was caused by a defective drug, because this could have been prevented.
Our defective drug lawyers know how difficult it is for families affected by a cancer diagnosis. We are prepared to pursue compensation for damages for these victims. We know compensation cannot change what happened, but it can be very important when families face the potential loss of their loved one.
At Gordon & Partners, we offer free consultations to those who have been diagnosed with bladder or stomach cancer after taking the heartburn/acid reflux medication Zantac. There is no obligation on you to file a Zantac lawsuit if we find you have a case.
You can contact our firm anytime day or night to set up your consultation. We take cases on contingency so there are no upfront fees.
Call our firm today at 1 (855) 722-2552.