Zantac, a prescription and over-the-counter medication used to treat heartburn, was voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer Sanofi in October 2019 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found it contains an impurity that may be linked to cancer. According to USA Today, several generic versions of the medication, which is also known as ranitidine, have also been recalled by their manufacturers and
distributors.

This probable carcinogen, named nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), was previously discovered in many types of recalled blood pressure medications, including valsartan and losartan. The FDA first began investigating Zantac and ranitidine tablets after Valisure, a Connecticut-based online pharmacy, found significantly higher levels of NDMA than the FDA’s recommended daily limits in the medications. The FDA issued a recall request in April 2020 to all manufacturers of ranitidine medications in both pill and liquid form after determining “it should not be available to consumers and patients unless its quality can be assured.”

If you or someone you love took Zantac and developed complications, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact 1-800-LundyLaw today for a free evaluation of your case.

Zantac Health Risks

Because NDMA is a probable carcinogen, people who took Zantac or generic ranitidine for at least one year may be at higher risk for the following types of cancer:

  • Bladder
  • Stomach
  • Intestinal
  • Esophageal
  • Kidney
  • Pancreatic
  • Colon
  • Liver

USA Today reports that because of the risks associated with the medications, Valisure submitted a citizen petition to the FDA requesting the agency initiate a recall and suspend sales of both the branded and generic versions of ranitidine.

Legal Rights for Zantac Injuries

The expenses associated with Zantac-related cancer can be overwhelming. Cancer treatments often involve potent and expensive medications and therapies, including chemotherapy and radiation. Many victims are unable to work while undergoing treatment and for weeks or months afterward while they recover. Zantac cancer victims may be eligible for current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

Don’t Wait to Get the Help You Need

If you or a loved one have used Zantac and now suffer from any of these issues, you must act quickly to get the compensation you deserve. Call 1-800-LundyLaw today.

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