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Zantac Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

zantac-bladder-cancer-lawsuit For years, it seemed like Zantac was the miracle drug that offered patients an easy solution for acid reflux and heartburn. Drug manufacturers profited to the tune of billions of dollars.

This all came to an end in September 2019 when an open secret was revealed to the general public. This "miracle drug" contained a probable human carcinogen.

Now, Zantac is gone from the marker forever after a Food and Drug Administration recall.

If you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer or any other cancers connected to regular Zantac use, our law firm can help. Contact us for a free consultation.

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Zantac Was Used to Reduce Stomach Acid

Zantac and generic ranitidine were used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcers. Ranitdine is the active ingredient in Zantac.

Once the initial patent protection expires, scores of companies leapt into a very profitable market with their own generic versions of the drug.

Zantac was a histamine blocker. It was meant to reduce the production of stomach acid that causes GERD and heartburn. According to the National Cancer Institute:

"Ranitidine is a competitive and reversible inhibitor of the action of histamine, released by enterochromaffin-like (ECL) cells, at the histamine H2-receptors on parietal cells in the stomach."

However, now you can no longer buy Zantac because there is evidence that it may have caused cancer. It contained a dangerous substance which presents an increased risk of bladder cancer.

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An Online Pharmacy Led to the Demise of Zantac

One would have thought that it would have been the Food and Drug Administration that protected the public from a cancer causing chemical in one of history's best-selling drugs. Instead, the FDA was asleep at the switch.

It was a small online pharmacy called Valisure that did the bulk of the work to protect consumers from these dangerous heartburn medications. It turns out that someone had recommended to the CEO of Valisure to test Zantac for the presence of a dangerous chemical.

Prior to that, NDMA was detected in a popular blood pressure medication called Valsartan, leading to its withdrawal from the market. Valisure bought Zantac OTC and subjected it to independent testing.

NDMA In Prescription Zantac Was Not a Secret

At the time that Valisure conducted its tests, talk of the presence of a chemical called n nitrosodimethylamine in ranitidine products was prominent in the scientific community.

There were tests going as far back as four decades that showed the possible health risks of ranitidine. There was a study in 2011 that found possible NDMA contamination of ranitidine.

However, the pharmaceutical manufacturers continued to sell Zantac in spite of these studies. They knew or should have known of the dangers, and they did nothing. The FDA did nothing too until they had to do something.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, NDMA is a yellow and oily liquid. It can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed by the skin.

The target organs for NDMA are:

  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Lungs

Zantac Was Pulled After the Cancer Risk Was Revealed

Once the news of Valisure's testing was released, drug manufacturers and drug stores began to pull products from store shelves out of fear of a Zantac lawsuit.

One by one, ranitdine makers began to halt shipments, and drug stores cleared the products from their inventory.

Even still the FDA tried to reassure the public of Zantac's safety. They were misguided and behind the curve.

Once subsequent tests showed the true dangers of Zantac and that NDMA levels were far higher than the allowable amount, the FDA finally ordered a total recall of Zantac. By that point, consumers already could no longer find any ranitidine products.

Drug makers had already pulled ranitidine products from stores.

Now, what was once thought of as the king of all heartburn medications exists only in the health problems caused by years of its regular use and lawsuits from people who have an elevated cancer risk.

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Taking Zantac Turned Out to Be Bad for Your Health

N nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) is classified by the World Health Organization as a "probable human carcinogen." It is a colorless and odorless substance that can occur naturally.

It used to be produced industrially and used in lubricants and rocket fuel. As you can see, it would not be something that you would want in your body in large quantities.

One 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that dietary NDMA (the substance is often found in things like smoked meats and alcohol) led to a noticeable increase in colorectal cancer.

Another prior study found that rubber workers who were orally exposed to workplace chemicals such as NDMA had an increase in esophageal and larynx cancer.

Essentially, the part of the body that is in contact with NDMA is at a higher risk of developing cancer.

The Connection Between Zantac and Bladder Cancer

The body does its best to filter and remove impurities. When your urinary or digestive tracts are exposed to carcinogens, there is a higher likelihood that they may develop tumors.

The body removes the NDMA in part through urine, which is held in the bladder before being excreted. Therefore, there are toxic carcinogens that are in contact with the bladder over an extended period of time. This leads to an increased risk of cancer.

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Other Types of Cancer From Taking Zantac

Zantac cancer primarily affects the parts of the body that processed the dangerous chemical and eliminated it from the body.

In addition to bladder cancer, here are other types of cancer that have been diagnosed in consumers who took Zantac:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Kidney cancer

Treatment After Developing Bladder Cancer

The prognosis for people who have been diagnosed with abnormal cell growth in their bladder depends on when the cancer is detected. Bladder cancer patients must undergo a number of treatments to remove the tumor or slow its growth.

These treatments for bladder cancer include:

  • Surgical procedures
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Transurethral resection
  • Radical cystectomy

The five-year survival rate for bladder cancer is relatively high at 77%. If the cancer is detected before it has spread beyond the inner layer of the bladder wall, the survival rate can reach 96%.

However, the survival rate is much lower when the bladder cancer is detected at a later stage. Even patients who survive bladder cancer must go through intensive treatments to become cancer-free.

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Testing on Residual Ranitidine Shows the Extent of the Danger

In February 2021, after the dust had settled on the full recall of Zantac, Valisure released the results of additional testing of stomach acid from people who had taken ranitidine medications.

Valisure tested to find the suspected cancer agent in simulated gastric fluid. The pharmacy was attempting to mimic conditions in the stomach as best as possible.

After two hours, with increased nitrite levels, one tablet of Cool Mint Zantac yielded 320 times the maximum safe daily intake of NDMA.

Valisure found similarly high NDMA levels in every single type of ranitidine product that it tested.

There were several other tests performed on urine samples to see if there was NDMA excreted after people took ranitidine medications. In these tests, researchers collected urine samples and tested them to see the levels of urinary NDMA excreted.

There were different results of tests from the urine samples tested. One 2016 test found NDMA excreted in a patient's urine after they took ranitidine.

An FDA-commissioned test in 2021 did not find a similar outcome in higher NDMA levels in the urine. However, many scientific tests have found far higher NDMA levels. The issue is whether and how the NDMA leaves the body.

Where the Zantac Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Stand

Right now, the ranitidine medications lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation. An MDL is when cases are grouped together for the purposes of developing common facts that are used when the cases go to the jury.

Each trial proceeds individually. It is possible for some people to win their cases, while others may not.

At this point, the parties are selecting bellwether cases. The MDL has been assigned to Hon. Robin Rosenberg in United States district court in Florida.

There are nearly 2,000 cases, and we expect the number of cases filed to grow. At this point, the bellwether cases are scheduled to go to trial in the summer of 2023.

For your purposes, it does not matter whether you already had risk factors for cancer or had a family history. So long as the strong bladder carcinogens in Zantac contributed to your cancer, you may be able to receive financial compensation.

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Damages in a Zantac Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

If you win your lawsuit for cancer after taking Zantac, you can receive the following damages in a Zantac lawsuit:

  • Lost wages for time missed from work
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Wrongful Death Damages in a Zantac Lawsuit

If your loved one passed away after they developed bladder cancer from taking Zantac, your family can file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit for bladder cancer can include:

  • Lost wages that your loved one would have earned had they continued working
  • Payment for your family's grief over losing your loved one
  • Compensation for the loss of a close and loving relationship with your loved one who died from bladder cancer
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Zantac Lawyers Helping People File a Legal Claim

Law firms are helping injured clients take legal action when they have been injured by the carcinogenic chemicals in ranitidine.

When you have suffered actual harm from ranitidine intake, you can file a lawsuit against the company who made the Zantac or generic ranitidine and the drugstore where you bought it. We will explain all your legal options.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has been helping injured clients who have developed bladder cancer and other types of tumors after taking Zantac. Call us today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free case review to learn if you have a possible claim.

If you have developed bladder cancer, we offer a free consultation to discuss your case against the drug manufacturers that sold you a defective product.

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