Are you wondering about your legal rights after you or a loved one was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or another type of cancer after longterm Zantac use? You’re not alone. With the recent news that the FDA has recalled Zantac and other types of ranitidine due to a possible cancer-causing chemical, many former Zantac users are wondering if they could have a case for a Zantac pancreatic cancer lawsuit against the manufacturers of the popular heartburn drug. Our dedicated defective drug lawyers are currently offering free consultations to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer after long periods of Zantac use.
Ohio Man Files Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit Against the Makers of Zantac
Ohio man Randy J. Wright recently filed a product liability lawsuit against the makers of Zantac, alleging that NDMA exposure caused him to develop pancreatic cancer.
The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on January 29. Manufacturers Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi U.S., Chattem, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline are all named as defendants in this lawsuit.
According to the complaint, Wright says he started using Zantac in 1996 and used it on a daily basis. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019.
What are the Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer?
In most cases, pancreatic cancer is undetected until it’s reached the advanced stages and has become difficult to treat.
Some common symptoms found in pancreatic cancer patients include:
- Abdominal pain – A dull ache in the upper abdomen that extends to the back can be a sign of pancreatic cancer. This pain may come and go.
- Back pain
- Bloating – Some pancreatic cancer patients feel full early when eating or experience abdominal swelling.
- Jaundice – Pancreatic cancer can block the duct that released bile into the intestines, causing bile to build up. This can lead to jaundice, which turns the skin and the eyes yellow.
Risk Factors for Pancreatic Cancer
Just because you have one or more risk factor does not mean you’ll develop cancer. Additionally, some people with few or no risk factors still develop pancreatic cancer.
That being said, here are some risk factors associated with pancreatic cancer:
- Tobacco use
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace
- Family history
- Inherited genetic syndromes