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Is Zantac Still On The Market?

Janet Woodcock and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Make Pronouncement on Zantac and Ranitidine Products

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), led by Janet Woodcock, recently recommended the removal of any drug on the market that contain ranitidine or ranitidine products, circa April 1 2020. Many heartburn medications (also called H2 blockers) like Zantac have ranitidine in them.

In fact, ranitidine is the medical term for Zantac. Zantac is an over the counter drug meant to treat GERD, heartburn, acid reflux, and other side effects. These ranitidine medications and all ranitidine products or ranitidine drugs (including otc ranitidine) have NDMA in them and ranitidine products increases the chances of cancer if the NDMA is at unacceptable levels per FDA warning.

Manufacturers need to tell consumers about this product defect. Specifically, that high NDMA levels (N Nitrosodimethylamine NDMA) can raise the risk of human carcinogen, cancer, stomach ulcers, or other problems in the human body due to ranitidine medicines. This is based on the best data levels of NDMA and drug evaluation and research.

Recall of Zantac / Ranitidine Medications

The FDA has recalled Zantac and Ranitidine Medications Due to NDMA Contamination

Talk to our Ranitidine Experts about the FDA Warning

If you have been diagnosed with cancer or are experiencing side effects after taking Zantac ranitidine medications, OTC ranitidine, or brand name prescription ranitidine, call us for a free consultation.

The best data and the FDA warning suggests that high levels of NDMA (N Nitrosodimethylamine NDMA) is not healthy for you and this applies to all ranitidine products. Drug manufacturers are responsible for the dangers of consumer exposure that they create.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC works with drug malpractice victims and can give you information about possible compensation and review medical advice diagnosis, otc market ranitidine, prescription ranitidine, drug impurity in some ranitidine, NDMA carcinogen testing, side effect, laboratory testing, blood pressure medications, malpractice of health care professionals, histamine blockers, medical product development and related content from the center for drug evaluation and research.

Contact us to see how we may be able to help you with a Zantac cancer lawsuit.

What Exactly Does a Zantac Ranitidine Product Do?

Approved by the FDA, Zantac is an over the counter otc market drug that reduces the amount of acid in your stomach. Like other proton pump inhibitors, it works best to reduce heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, and similar problems for consumers.

There are alternatives to this brand name that are also approved by the FDA and center for drug evaluation. These products from the market include Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid.

They come with specific health information but should only be used with specific advice diagnosis or treatment from your doctor.

FDA Warning Leads to Zantac Recall

On April 1 2020, the FDA determined after testing that unacceptable levels of NDMA should cause some products to be recalled and released a warning in the media.

This information led to the market recall of Zantac because it was determined that the impurity of NDMA was too high for them not to pull their products from the market.

Your risk of cancer if you take high levels of NDM concentrated products increases over time. This information and content is being widely distributed across national media and leading to drug take back location sites, testing for probably human carcinogen issues, NDMA research, and FDA follow up among other things.

What You Can Do if You Took Zantac

Others across the country are taking action after learning that ranitidine exposed them to cancer and other health problems. Many have filed cases and a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) has been organized to group them into one large proceeding which you can read about here:

You have options too. If a drug manufacturer made or marketed a defective drug that caused you injury, you may may be able to bring a case for your economic damages and non economic damages. Speak with experienced legal counsel about your right to join in the above (MDL) or even pursue your own cause of action.

Editor’s note-David Light has made the strong case that this NDMA is inherently unstable and a probable human carcinogen.

Do Not Wait to Bring a Case

All states have statute of limitations requires you to bring a case against the makers of Zantac within a specified time  of when you discovered your injuries.

This does not give you a lot of time to wait before you begin assembly your case for compensation. It is important that you quickly consult and engage your medical and legal advisors once you learn of any illness so that they can begin working on your behalf.

Drug Malpractice and Mass Tort Injury Awards and Settlements

While we cannot say exactly what you may obtain in a case if you are diagnosed with cancer (ranitidine) after taking Zantac, we can compare it to other jury awards and settlement amounts from other mass tort lawsuits, including these:

$1,244,850 Settlement; Chicago Wrongful Death Case; 2019:

The decedent in this legal dispute was a veteran and lifelong plumber. Over the course of many years during his employment, he was exposed to asbestos as a part of his job. Eventually, his doctors diagnosed him with mesothelioma and that disease took his life when he was just sixty-five years old. His wife and daughter were left to pick up the pieces and move on after this tragic ordeal. They sued the makers of the products that he used while working and the companies that employed him.

Through their counsel, they argued that the defendants were negligent and responsible for his wrongful death. They sought financial compensation for his untimely passing, pain, and suffering as well as their losses including expenses, grief, and lost companionship, among other things. Despite being clearly in the wrong, the defendants put up a long legal battle that lasted many years, but the family prevailed in the end and recovered a little more than $1 million for their harms

$300,000 Settlement Agreement; Lead Cancer Risk Lawsuit; Chicago Illinois; 1998:

This case was brought on behalf of two little children. While living at their apartment in the city of Chicago, they ingested paint chips containing lead that was later determined to cause cancer. The children eventually even suffered the effects of cancer and had to go through rigorous rounds of treatment costing the family tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Down the road, doctors could deduce the long-term effects of the lead exposure including cognitive disabilities including attention deficit disorder.

They sued the maker of the paint as well as the property management company for products liability and negligence, respectively. The pair of defendants initially refuted any liability or even responsibilities for this chain of events. They replied that there could be no evidence establishing they caused these kids to suffered these types of cancer or that anything they exposed them to may cause cancer. Yet, after faced with overwhelming evidence, they relented and settled for $300,000.

$4,600,000 Jury Award; St. Louis, Missouri; 2018:

This case was brought on behalf of about two dozen women. They claimed that talc-based products made by Johnson & Johnson had asbestos in them and gave them cancer, primarily ovarian cancer. The company strongly refuted these charges, and, refusing to settle, the matter proceeded to jury trial where the substantive merits of the dispute were put to a trial. In court, various women alleged long-term use of talcum powder and other items made by Johnson & Johnson.

They asserted their subsequent cancer contraction was related to this usage. In fact, several thousand other people are making the same allegations in different cases around the country. Here, a jury ruled for the women and awarded them over $4 billion. Of that sum, over $2 billion of the award was for punitive damages-meant to deter reckless conduct. In this situation, claims were heard that the company knew of the risk of cancer but took no steps to reduce that danger or alert the public to its possible existence. This could have led the court to award such extraordinary punitive damages.

$10,739,300 Settlement in Toxic Pollution Claims in Illinois; 2010:

This class of cases targeted several different defendants but it primarily focused on a barrel company that ran an illegal and unlicensed disposal operation on the south side of Chicago.  They took barrels that used to contain harmful and toxic substances (like paint and other chemicals), cleaned them, and then resold them. The barrel company did this over nearly five decades, finally ending around 2000. There were over seventy plaintiffs that joined and filed lawsuits.  They argued many of the same basic points.

Primarily, their contention was that the toxic substances leaked out and polluted the nearby community.  This caused local residents to get cancer, related injuries, and experience other harms and losses.  The defendants shot back with a lot of stock arguments.  They denied causation.

For example, how could you prove that anything we did caused your cancer?  Then, they tried to dismiss the plaintiffs’ injuries.  Yet, the commonality of harm and egregious extent of injuries could not be denied and this meant the defendants would probably be on the hook.  To avoid an overly sympathetic jury, the defendants opted to settle for the high sum of over $10 million.

Talk to a Lawyer if You are Worried about Cancer after the FDA Warning

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents families and individuals harmed by defective drugs and prescriptions. Negligent drug manufacturers need to held accountable after they put dangerous products into consumers hands.

If you took Zantac for blood pressure, heartburn, or anything else, you may be able to get help and compensation. We can represent you on a contingency basis.

That means you do not pay for anything unless we win in court for you. Call us now to get started. We may be able to help you and your family.

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