Zantac Cancer (Stomach, Colon, Bladder, Lung) Recall Lawsuit Attorneys (April 2020 Updates)
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is reviewing cases for joining a class-action lawsuit related to the potential cancer risk in patients who have taken the popular heartburn drug Zantac products (Ranitidine) for heartburn, peptic ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
If you or a loved one has taken Zantac or Ranitidine and developed liver cancer or cancer in the stomach, colon, or bladder, we urge you to contact our Zantac lawsuit attorneys so you can begin the process of receiving the compensation you deserve through a settlement or jury award and Zantac manufacturers.
The Zantac recall lawyers in our office are currently reviewing cases from people who have developed cancer after taking Zantac contaminated with high levels of NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine), a probable human carcinogen. All of our Zantac cancer cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, where there is only a legal fee charged when we are successful in obtaining a financial recovery for you. We invite you to contact our law firm for a free case evaluation.
NDMA Contamination in Zantac Associated With Cancer
Zantac is amongst the most popular and widely used over-the-counter medications for the relief of heartburn and acid reflux. Zantac belong to the class of drugs known as H2 blockers, which decrease acid levels in the stomach. In September 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers and healthcare professionals that laboratory tests revealed some ranitidine products to be contaminated with high levels of the suspected carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is believed to raise the risk of certain cancers. The agency has since declared the NDMA levels found in these products to be “unacceptably high.”
Exposure to significant amounts of NDMA is known to seriously damage the liver and is believed to increase the risk of developing cancer of the liver, gastrointestinal tract, stomach, and colon.
Recall of Zantac Due to Unsafe Levels of NDMA
After much debate, on April 1, 2020, U.S. FDA has ordered all Zantac and ranitidine medications to be immediately recalled from store shelves as well as online pharmacies. This move comes after the Drug Administration found that NDMA levels continued to rise as they sit on shelves
This governmental recall comes after several Zantac and ranitidine manufacturers voluntarily issued recalls and national pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Rite-Aid pulled all ranitidine-containing products including Zantac from their shelves. Several countries including Canada and France have officially recalled the drugs due to the presence of NDMA.
Sanofi, a major Zantac manufacturer, recalled its products related to potential NDMA contamination on October 18, 2019.
Zantac Cancer Lawsuit FAQs
If you or a loved one has taken Zantac or ranitidine, you are likely alarmed and confused by these developments and reports of adverse events by the FDA. In this article we will try to address some of your concerns:
- What is NDMA?
- Has Zantac been recalled and what should I do if I currently take it?
- What are the medical complications associated with NDMA?
- Have any lawsuits been filed against the manufacturer of Zantac?
- What compensation can a person who was harmed by Zantac recover in a lawsuit?
Contact Our Zantac Cancer Law Firm if You Have Been Exposed to NDMA
If you are currently taking Zantac you should speak to your health care provider right away. If you have taken a form of ranitidine medications and developed a form of cancer in the liver or digestive tract, you should consider taking immediate legal action against the pharmaceutical companies and distributors who manufactured, marketed, and sold the defective drug. Time is of the essence because there are statutes of limitations that apply to file claims against Zantac's manufacturer at both the federal and state court levels. The drug recall attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are monitoring potential Zantac class action lawsuits across the United States. Our office is centrally located in Chicago, Illinois, and we have extensive experience with drug recalls and pending multi-district litigation (MDL) and class action lawsuits involving serious injuries. We invite you to discuss your experience and your legal options related to the Zantac recall with us at no cost or obligation.
What is NDMA?
The organic compound, formerly used to make rocket fuel, is known to cause cancer in research animals. NDMA is described as a waste product of industrial processes including the making of industrial lubricants and pesticides. It is part of the N-nitrosamine family of potent carcinogens. The yellowish, odorless liquid is said to be present at supposedly safe micro levels in some food products—particularly cured meats—and water supplies, even beer.
The toxic chemical has been found to damage the liver and other organs in humans. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that NDMA is a “probable human carcinogen” that can increase a person’s risk of developing cancer. Although most of what is currently known about NDMA’s carcinogenic qualities come from animal-based studies, the World Health Organization has reported that several case-control studies and one cohort study of dietary intake of high does of NDMA in the human body showed results “supportive of the assumption that NDMA consumption is a probable carcinogen is positively associated with either gastric or colorectal cancer.” The main issue in current Zantac and ranitidine medicines cases centers around the contamination of NDMA into the products during a chemical reaction in the manufacturing process.
Has Zantac Been Recalled?
Yes, on April 1, 2020 the FDA issued a recall of the drug. While many Americans take ranitidine over-the-counter (OTC) for relief of heartburn and indigestion, prescription-strength ranitidine is sometimes used by physicians to treat and prevent ulcers in patients. Although the FDA initially reported that NDMA levels in the contaminated ranitidine were barely any higher than the supposedly safe amounts found in common foods, it later declared the levels to be “unacceptably high.” However, the agency is not currently recommending that patients stop taking ranitidine products immediately, but urging patients to speak to their doctors about alternative prescription and OTC medications for their conditions. Meanwhile, several drug makers including Novartis-owned Sandoz Inc., Apotex, and GlaxoSmithKline (the original developer of Zantac), announced they were voluntarily recalling or halting distribution of some batches of their generic ranitidine-containing products in the U.S. and other countries. It’s important to note that to date, brand-name Zantac (manufactured by Sanofi) was voluntarily recalled on October 18, 2019, as was the generic version, ranitidine. If you are concerned whether your particular brand of ranitidine is affected, links to information about the specific products that have been recalled by their manufacturers are provided in the “Resources” section at the end of this article.
What are the Medical Complications Associated With Zantac and NDMA?
The environmental contaminant NDMA has been known to cause serious, non-cancerous liver damage in humans and is used by cancer researchers to induce liver tumors in rodents. It is believed to be a risk factor for a range of human digestive system cancers including that of the stomach, colon, pancreas, and liver as well as bladder cancer. Stomach Cancer Cancer of the stomach (adenocarcinoma) is treatable when caught at an early stage. Recent tests show one of its precursors can be the condition known as GERD or acid reflux. It is also believed to be associated with obesity and smoking, as well as poor diet.
Symptoms of stomach cancer include:
- Feeling bloated after eating
- Feeling full after eating small amounts of food
- Persistent heartburn
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Weight loss
Medical treatment options for stomach cancer depend on the stage that the disease has progressed to, and include surgery (including removal of the stomach), radiation and chemotherapy.
Bladder cancer is fairly rare, accounting for just five percent of cancers diagnosed in the U.S. It is more likely to strike males over age 55 than females and is more common among Caucasians than other races. Risk factors are believed to include family history, smoking, chronic bladder inflammation/infections, and exposure to certain industrial chemicals, including high levels of NDMA (n-nitrosodimethylamine). Like stomach cancer, bladder cancer is also highly treatable, with a reported five-year survival rate of over 75 percent. However, if left untreated it can spread to vital organs including the lungs and liver via the lymph nodes. Early symptoms can mimic those of urinary tract infections and other ailments, and include:
- pain during urination
- frequent need to urinate
- difficulty urinating
- blood in the urine
Once the disease has progressed, symptoms can include:
- weight loss
- loss of appetite
Bladder cancer is treated through surgical removal of cancerous tissue and even all or part of the bladder (cystectomy), chemotherapy, and radiation. Other Cancers High levels of NDMA has also been linked to the following types of cancer:
Have any Lawsuits Been Filed Against the Makers of Zantac?
Yes, since the FDA announcement, individual lawsuits and class action claims have already begun to be filed around the U.S. against the makers of Zantac and related products, including Sanofi. The defendants are being sued by plaintiffs who took Zantac and other ranitidine products and either developed cancer or claim to be at risk for cancer. The plaintiffs claim the drugmakers should have known of the potential risk for NDMA contamination and advised the medical community of the danger, in light of certain research that predated the FDA warning. This research reportedly found that ranitidine can degrade into NDMA when combined with water during a chemical reaction. Whenever there is a flurry of new class action cases brought against specific defendants in different states, those early cases are often consolidated in a single state in what is known as a multi-district litigation (MDL), where they can all be heard in the same federal court before the same judge. This is different from a class action lawsuit, and is done for efficiency in the pretrial hearing and motion process. A motion to have Zantac lawsuits centralized in an MDL has been filed and is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The litigation is still in its early stages and there have been no settlements or verdicts related to Zantac injuries announced yet.
What Compensation Can a Person Recover in a Zantac Cancer Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has taken Zantac or ranitidine and developed stomach or bladder cancer, contact the Zantac recall attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free consultation to discuss whether you have a valid claim for compensation from the drug companies involved. The medication you are taking now could cause serious medical complications in the months or years ahead. You could be eligible to receive financial compensation for all medical expenses associated with the health condition that resulted from your Zantac consumption, ongoing tests, lost income for the time your illness left you unable to work, pain and suffering, loss of normal life and other tangible and intangible damages. Our law firm accepts all wrongful death lawsuits and defective drug injury claims through contingency fee agreements which postpone payment for our legal services until after we have successfully resolved your case. If we are unable to secure compensation on your behalf through a trial award or negotiated out-of-court settlement, you owe us nothing. Let our experienced team of product liability and class action attorneys go to work for you and your family to fully compensate you for your Zantac cancer.
Have There Been any Settlements of Zantac Cancer Lawsuits?
No. There are no settlements of pending Zantac cancer lawsuits. If you or a family member has a cancer diagnosis related to Zantac usage, you should consult with a Zantac attorney to discuss your legal rights and options. Many defective drug cases, such as Zantac, proceed through multidistrict litigation for several years before settlement negotiations are considered.
How Long do I Have to File a Lawsuit for Cancer Related to Zantac Use?
The time requirement to file a Zantac cancer lawsuit will be dependent on where you live and when you were diagnosed with cancer. Cases, such as Zantac lawsuits, are governed by a statute of limitations for filing a case. Failure to comply with the applicable statute of limitations will bar a financial recovery. If you have questions about the statute of limitations for your situation, contact a Zantac cancer attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers.
Get a Free Consultation Today to Discuss Your Zantac Case. Get Legal Help From Trusted Zantac Cancer Recall Attorneys
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to providing hands-on legal service for people who are dealing with cancer of the bladder, stomach or colon following Zantac and ranitidine use. All of our prescription medication defect cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, where we only receive a legal fee when there is a successful recovery for you. We are headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and handle cases across the United States. This webpage is prepared and updated by attorney Jonathan Rosenfeld. Updated April 14, 2020. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is also reviewing Valsartan cancer lawsuits, a blood pressure medication that has been recalled due to NDMA contamination and various cancers.
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