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The heartburn medication Zantac (brand name of ranitidine) has recently been linked to several forms of cancer. You may have recently seen TV commercials discussing the adverse effects of this popular drug and appealing to those who have been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac. Some of those affected by cancer related to Zantac have begun taking legal action and filing lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the drug.
Is Zantac (Ranitidine) Linked to Cancer?
Yes, there is evidence that heartburn medication Zantac (ranitidine) is linked to several different forms of cancer. In September of 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that preliminary tests had revealed low levels of a chemical called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine.
NDMA has been classified as a probable carcinogen based on animal testing. However, there are limited studies involving human subjects. Longterm exposure to high levels of NDMA may cause cancer, according to Harvard Medical School.
The FDA has encouraged manufacturers to test and recall drugs if levels of NDMA are over the agency’s standards.
What Cancers Are Caused by Zantac?
There are several forms of cancer that are potentially linked to longterm usage of Zantac and other versions of ranitidine, including:
Small intestine cancer
Blood cancers (such as leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma)
If you or someone you love has taken Zantac for a long period of time and has been diagnosed with one of these cancers, we advise contacting an experienced defective drug lawyer to discuss your legal options. You could have grounds for a Zantac cancer lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company that manufactured the drug you took.
There have been many other health issues linked to the usage of Zantac and other versions of ranitidine, including:
Heightened risk of contacting pnemonia
Nervous system issues
Irregular and rapid heartbeat
Deficiencies in vitamin B-12 levels
Have There Been Any Zantac Lawsuit Settlements?
As of January 2019, there is no public record of any settlements in Zantac cancer lawsuits. However, our attorneys believe that this will soon change as the potentially harmful effects of the drug have only recently come to light. There have already been a handful of lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical companies, including a class-action lawsuit against Pfizer for allegedly failing to list NDMA as an ingredient in Zantac.
What Kind of Financial Compensation Could I Recover in a Zantac Lawsuit?
When harmful drugs result in serious health consequences for the people who take them, these victims likely have strong grounds for a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company that manufactured and released the drug.
In a defective drug lawsuit, you’ll be eligible to recover financial compensation for personal and financial damages you’ve suffered as a result of taking the drug, including:
The costs of past and future medical care
Past and future pain and suffering caused by the illness, including both physical and psychological suffering
Past and future lost wages as a result of missing work due to your illness
Past and future loss of earning potential if your career suffers because of your illness
Past and future loss of quality of life
Punitive damages in cases involving gross negligence, such as allowing the drug to stay on the market when the company knew of cancer-causing effects
Companies who endanger the public with dangerous drugs deserve to be held accountable for the suffering they’ve caused. Those who suffer from terminal illnesses due to ingesting a drug need and deserve financial compensation for these and other damages.
Additionally, the families of these victims also deserve compensation for the suffering they’ve been forced to endure, especially those who have lost a loved one due to cancer caused by Zantac or another dangerous drug.
The team of experienced defective drug lawyers at our law firm is dedicated to helping these victims and families recover the financial compensation they deserve. We take pride in holding these negligent pharmaceutical companies accountable for the harm they’ve caused and forcing them to take these drugs off the market before they can harm others.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Diagnosed with Cancer After Taking Zantac?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after longtime usage of Zantac or another form of ranitidine, it’s important to understand that you have legal rights. Our veteran defective drug lawyers are helping families in this difficult situation stand up against the pharmaceutical companies who have caused them preventable harm due to their carelessness.
We expect a slew of lawsuits against these and other manufacturers of Zantac:
Sanofi – the manufacturer of the brand-name version of Zantac
Novartis – manufacturer of a generic version of Zantac
GlaxoSmithKline – another manufacturer of a generic version of Zantac
We advise speaking with one of our experienced defective drug lawyers in a free consultation to gain a better understanding of your legal options if you believe that you or a loved one has contracted cancer due to longterm usage of Zantac or a generic version of ranitidine.