Zantac Kidney Cancer
For years, Zantac was synonymous with heartburn relief. Over the approximately 35 years that Zantac was on the market, Americans spent tens of billions of dollars on Zantac and generic ranitidine products.
Beyond heartburn relief, they got far more than they bargained for. They also got years of dangerous NDMA exposure, which can cause kidney cancer.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with kidney cancer after taking Zantac or ranitidine-based products, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Call our law firm today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
The Reasons for Zantac Kidney Cancer Lawsuits
Zantac lawsuits allege several grounds of relief for people who have developed cancer after using the drug.
- Zantac was effectively designed because it used a molecular structure that was inherently unstable and created a dangerous substance that could cause kidney cancer
- Zantac was effectively manufactured because it made for an unreasonably dangerous product
- The makers of Zantac and the generic ranitidine equivalents knew or should have known that Zantac could produce its own NDMA and caused cancer but did not warn the general public or pull the product from the market on their own.
An Online Pharmacy Did What the Drug Makers Should Have Done
It was not the drug manufacturers that have been making and selling Zantac for decades (and who knew their product the best) who alerted the public about the dangers of Zantac and generic ranitidine.
Instead, it was an independent online pharmacy who did the work that was the legal obligation of the makers of these drugs.
Valisure ordered Zantac and other ranitidine products off the internet and subjected them to its own testing.
The results revealed that ranitidine medications contained a human carcinogen called NDMA. This is the same substance that was used in industrial processes, including rocket fuel.
Valisure's efforts came as part of an overall effort to test drugs and common pharmaceutical products for impurities. The pharmacy also found levels of NDMA in popular drugs like Valsartan and Metformin.
NDMA Is a Potent Carcinogen
According to the World Health Organization, NDMA causes cancer in experimental animals who have been exposed to it. In laboratory tests, animals exposed to NDMA through their food have developed tumors.
The Environmental Protection Agency has its own view on NDMA. According to the EPA. NDMA is a probable human carcinogen.
For There is a limit on the amount of daily NDMA exposure that someone can have before they are at risk of certain cancers.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, consuming up to 0.096 micrograms or 0.32 parts per million (ppm) of NDMA per day is considered reasonably safe for human ingestion based on lifetime exposure.
How Ranitidine Can Form NDMA
There is research that dates as far back as a decade that details exactly how ranitidine products can make their own NDMA. A ranitidine molecule is very unstable.
Over time, the ranitidine can change its own nature and morph. One of the results of the chemical changes in ranitidine is that it will produce NDMA.
This happens over time because of the degradation of NDMA and exposure to a common drinking water disinfectant.
This is something that the product makers should have known had they properly studied the risks of the product that they made billions of dollars selling to the general public.
Zantac Patients Have Been Diagnosed With Kidney Cancer
Kidney cancer linked to Zantac and ranitidine use has been discovered in a growing number of cases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are three target organs for NDMA:
Thousands of people who have taken brand name Zantac or generic equivalents have been diagnosed with kidney cancer based on the long-term effects of ingesting a carcinogenic substance.
Why Zantac Can Cause You to Develop Kidney Cancer
The kidneys act as the body's filter. Their function is to remove waste and extra fluid from the body. The waste that the body removes is tainted with potentially dangerous impurities. In this case, the contact with the NDMA causes kidney tumors.
The body digests these toxic substances, hence the risk of certain cancers in the organs that have anything to do with the digestive process.
The high NDMA levels in Zantac cause both kidney cancer and other types of cancer. These include the following cancers:
- Liver cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
Treatment for Zantac Kidney Cancer
The treatment after being diagnosed with kidney cancer depends on what stage the disease is at the time of diagnosis.
Early stage tumors may treat the affected kidney itself without treating the rest of the body. The patient may receive radiation or take drugs orally to shrink or control the tumor.
In some cases, the patient may need to have the kidney removed entirely in the hopes of keeping the tumor from spreading.
Later stage kidney cancer will require more intensive treatment. If doctors do not expect to cure the cancer, they may give palliative treatment to make the patient as comfortable as possible.
The FDA Was Well Behind an Online Pharmacy
The FDA originally assured the public that Zantac was safe, even after Valisure released data that showed otherwise. The agency claimed that the amount of NDMA that people ingested through Zantac use was no more than they would take in when they ate cured meats.
However, the results of subsequent tests were far worse than the original ones. In these tests, the amount of NDMA found in the Zantac was far higher than the levels in the original tests and to the point where daily users of the drug ranitidine faced a much higher cancer risk.
The FDA Issued a Total Zantac Recall
In light of the increased risk of kidney cancer from Zantac tablets, the Food and Drug Administration recalled brand name Zantac and other ranitidine products.
The FDA was very late to the figurative party. By the time that the agency acted, drugstores and drug makers had already pulled ranitidine medications off the shelf for good.
The FDA was playing catch up because Valisure was already doing the routine testing work that the FDA should have been doing.
By time that the FDA learned that the NDMA levels in Zantac were far higher than they originally shared with the public.
Manufacturers Allegedly Knew About Zantac Kidney Cancer Risks
The writing was all over the wall for nearly a decade that Zantac may be a cancer risk. There were scientific studies dating back to 2011 that detailed the instability of the ranitidine molecule and the chemical reactions that could cause it to produce NDMA.
One Stanford University study is particularly telling. This study took place back in 2016. It tested the urine of ten volunteers who were given Zantac. The volunteers were found to have very high levels of NDMA in their urine.
Given the number of studies and their findings, one would think that the companies that made Zantac and generic ranitidine would have further looked into some of the findings and warned the public of the dangers of the drug. Instead, they did absolutely nothing until Valisure did its own independent work.
How to File a Zantac Lawsuit
Thousands of injured patients are filing lawsuits after being injured by Zantac. Here is what you must do in order to file your own personal injury lawsuit for your Zantac kidney cancer.
You can still file a lawsuit, even if you are in the early stages of cancer, and your prognosis is not entirely clear.
The first step to take is to contact an experienced attorney who has handled mass tort cases such as these before.
Product liability lawsuits can be complicated, and you must have a lawyer who knows the type of case, since they will be working with scientific data and expert witnesses.
Your attorney will work with you on drafting your complaint. If the Zantac cases reach a global settlement (and we think that there is a decent chance that they will), your attorney will work for maximum compensation on your behalf. If there is no settlement, your lawyer will take your Zantac kidney cancer case to trial.
Legal Help for Consumers Who Developed Kidney Cancer
If you or a loved one have received a kidney cancer diagnosis after taking Zantac or its generic equivalents, our law firm can help.
Call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers at (800) 424-5757 or contact us online for your free consultation. We will explain how Zantac lawsuits work and what you need to do in order to receive financial compensation.
You can file a Zantac kidney cancer lawsuit to hold the maker of the product that injured you legally responsible.
You do not need to pay attorney fees unless we are able to help you recover compensation for your injuries. On our website, you can review our free consultation menu to contact us for an appointment.