Janet Woodcock and the Food and Drug Administration Make Pronouncement on Zantac and Ranitidine Products
Did you know that Zantac is no longer available? In September 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration announced that it had identified an impurity in generic ranitidine manufactured and sold in the US.
This impurity is NDMA, a probable human carcinogen. The agency issued a recall of all products containing this ingredient, including Zantac and its generic counterparts.
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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), led by Janet Woodcock, recently recommended the removal of any medication on the market that contains ranitidine or ranitidine products, circa April 1, 2020. She issued the recommendation because many heartburn medications (also called H2 blockers) like Zantac have ranitidine in them.
In fact, ranitidine is the medical term for Zantac that is prescribed and sold as an over-the-counter (OTC) product meant to treat GERD, heartburn, acid reflux, and other side effects.
These ranitidine medications and other products or drugs (including over-the-counter H2 blockers) have NDMA in them. Studies show that ranitidine products increase the chances of various cancers if the NDMA is at unacceptable levels per the agency’s warning.
H2 blockers manufacturers need to tell consumers about Zantac product defects in both prescription and non-prescription forms.
Specifically, high NDMA levels (N Nitrosodimethylamine NDMA) can raise the risk of human carcinogens, various cancers, stomach ulcers, or other problems in the human body due to ranitidine medicines. It is based on the best data levels of NDMA and medicine evaluation and research.
Talk to Our Zantac Experts About the FDA Warning
Call us for a free consultation if you got an oncologic diagnosis or are experiencing side effects after taking Zantac meds or other brand-name prescription H2 blockers.
The best data from the Food and Drug Administration warning suggests that high levels of NDMA (N Nitrosodimethylamine NDMA) are not healthy for you, and this applies to all ranitidine-containing products.
The FDA requests the removal of the products from the market immediately because pharmaceutical makers and manufacturers of medical devices 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. We will build a case after reviewing:
- Your doctor’s medical advice
- Your diagnosis
- OTC market and prescription Zantac products
- Med impurity in some prescriptions and OTC products
- Drugs-related NDMA carcinogen testing
- Side effect lists
- 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 help you with a Zantac cancer lawsuit.
What Exactly Does a Zantac Do?
Initially approved by the FDA, Zantac is an over-the-counter (OTC) market drug that reduces the amount of acid in your stomach to prevent heartburn. Like other proton pump inhibitors, it works best to reduce heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, stomach acid, and similar problems for consumers.
The FDA has also approved acid reflux alternatives to this brand name that are not proton pump inhibitors. These products include Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid.
So far, government regulators have not found NDMA in Prevacid, Nexium, and Prilosec. These over-the-counter drugs and their products are a different class of non-prescription heartburn meds that do not have to be removed from the US market because they do not contain NDMA, unlike Zantac drugs.
They come with specific health information and their own side effect lists but should only be used with your doctor’s specific advice, diagnosis or treatment.
FDA Warning Leads to Zantac Recall
On April 1, 2020, the FDA determined after testing that unacceptable levels of NDMA should cause some stomach acid products to be recalled and released a Zantac warning in the media.
This information led to the market recall of the heartburn med Zantac because it was determined that the impurity of NDMA was too high for them not to pull their acid reflux products from the market, including Zantac.
Your risk of various cancers if you take high levels of NDMA-concentrated products increases over time. This information and content are being widely distributed across national media, leading to stomach acid drug take-back location sites, testing for probable human carcinogen issues, and NDMA research. FDA follows up, among other things.
What You Can Do if You Took Zantac
Others across the country are taking action after learning that these acid reflux drugs, including Zantac, exposed them to various cancers and other health problems months or years after taking the acid reflux drug. 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. Suppose a Zantac drug manufacturer made or marketed defective H2 blockers that caused your injury. In that case, you may be able to bring a new Zantac 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 cause of action.
Editor’s note-David Light has made the strong case that this NDMA is inherently unstable and a probable human carcinogen.
Possible Lawsuits and Compensation for Zantac Side Effects
People who took prescription H2 blockers OTC ranitidine-based meds, such as Zantac, may file personal injury lawsuits if they experienced heartburn, GERD, stomach pain, or ulcers. These side effects are serious and require medical attention.
Government regulators will help consumers get compensation for medicine-related injuries that happened due to the NDMA impurity by helping them file lawsuits. A lawsuit will not happen automatically when you are diagnosed with various cancers after taking H2 blockers.
You have to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations for your state if you want compensation from pharma manufacturers. It is because as soon as you know that a medical product or prescription caused your injury, then the timer starts to claim compensation.
If you need help with filing a civil lawsuit, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for support and compensation options. We work on a contingency fee basis with no fees unless we get paid by the drug makers, manufacturers of medical devices, or health care professionals who are responsible for creating dangerous products that injure users.
Do Not Wait to Bring a Case
All states have a statute of limitations that requires you to bring a case against the makers of Zantac within a specified time when you discover your injuries.
This time restriction does not give you much time to wait before you begin assembling your compensation case. Therefore, it is important that you quickly consult and engage your medical and legal advisors once you learn of any new Zantac-related illness so that they can begin working on your behalf.
Drug Malpractice and Mass Tort Injury Awards and Settlements
While we cannot exactly say what you may obtain in a case if you are diagnosed with serious health problems after taking Zantac, we can compare it to other jury awards and settlement amounts from other mass tort lawsuits, including these:
The decedent in this legal dispute was a veteran and lifelong plumber. Over 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 he used while working and the companies that employed him.
They argued that the defendants were negligent and responsible for his wrongful death through their counsel. In addition, 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 harm.
$300,000 Settlement Agreement; Risk of Lead Cancers Lawsuit
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 various cancers.
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 and 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 suffer various cancers or that anything they exposed them to may cause health issues. Yet, after being faced with overwhelming evidence, they relented and settled for $300,000.
$4,600,000 Jury Award:
This case was brought on behalf of about two dozen women. They claimed that talc-based products made by Johnson & Johnson had asbestos and gave them various cancers, primarily ovarian cancer.
The company strongly refuted these charges, and because they refused to settle, the matter proceeded to a 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. But, 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 various cancers and other health issues but took no steps to reduce that danger or alert the public to its possible existence. It could have led the court to award such extraordinary punitive damages.
$10,739,300 Settlement in Toxic Pollution Claims:
This class of cases targeted several different defendants but is primarily focused on a barrel company that ran an illegal and unlicensed disposal operation on the south side of Chicago. They took barrels containing 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. It caused local residents to get various cancers and related injuries and experience other harm 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 cause your cancer? So 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 a 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 and makers of medical devices need to be held accountable after putting dangerous products into consumers’ hands.
If you took Zantac for blood pressure, heartburn, or anything else, you might be able to get help and compensation. In addition, we can represent you on a contingency basis.
That means you do not pay for anything unless we win in court for you. So, call us now at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to get started. We may be able to help you and your family.
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