U.S. health regulators have instructed drugmakers to pull Zantac off the market after determining that a contamination issue with the medication may be linked to NDMA — a cancer-causing chemical.

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is accepting clients who took the Zantac or the generic heartburn medication Ranitidine and, as a result, have been diagnosed with cancer.

Many individuals who have taken Zantac, or have loved ones who have taken Zantac, are  concerned about the recent statements issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the link between Zantac and cancer.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer or suffered wrongful death as a result of taking the popular heartburn drug, an experienced dangerous drug lawyer at Buckfire Law can help you.

Contact one of our top-rated dangerous drug lawyers today for a free consultation.

Our lawyers provide free confidential case reviews, and we never charge any fees or costs unless you first recover.

There are different deadlines and statutes of limitations that apply to your potential claim. Let us review your claim at no cost to you. Contact a Buckfire Law Zantac cancer lawyer immediately.

Can Zantac Cause Cancer?

Zantac is the brand name of a common heartburn medication called ranitidine.

Zantac is a type of drug known as an H2 blocker, or H2 antagonist, which decreases stomach acid by blocking histamine receptors in the stomach. It can be used to treat peptic ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and related conditions.

Research has confirmed that certain ranitidine products, including Zantac, are contaminated with NDMA. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have both identified NDMA as a probable carcinogen in humans.

NDMA may cause cancer after exposure over extended periods of time, increasing the risk of liver, kidney, and lung tumors in particular. In addition to potentially causing cancer, NDMA can also cause liver damage, even with short-term exposure.

As a result, products that contain NDMA, such as Zantac, could cause cancer. The cancer risk is even higher if the medication is ingested over long periods of time at high doses.

Cancers Linked To Ranitidine

Below are some of the cancers associated with Zantac and ranitidine:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Colorectal cancer (colon and rectal cancer)
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer (non-smokers)
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer

Other Side Effects Associated with Zantac

Additional adverse effects that have been associated with Zantac include:

  • Nervous system disorders
  • Arrhythmia or tachycardia (irregular or rapid heartbeat)
  • Vitamin B-12 deficiency
  • Hepatitis, liver failure, and jaundice
  • Increased risk of pneumonia
  • Low platelet levels in the blood
  • Skin rashes and hair loss

Other ranitidine side effects include: headaches, abdominal discomfort, nausea and vomiting.

Common Zantac Brands

  • Zantac 150 Tablets
    • 150 Maximum Strength
    • 150 Maximum Strength Cool Mint
    • 75 Tablets
  • Wal-Zan 150
  • Wal-Zan 75
  • Heartburn Relief (ranitidine)
  • Acid Reducer (ranitidine)
  • Acid Control (ranitidine)
  • Ranitidine

FDA Orders Ranitidine Pulled From Market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a statement in March 2020 that an investigation determined that levels of a contaminant in Zantac, as well as other heartburn medications, increase over time and when stored at higher-than-normal temperatures, pose a risk to public health.

The FDA has been investigating levels of NDMA in ranitidine since the summer of 2019. NDMA is the same carcinogen that led to a widespread recall beginning in July 2018 of the blood-pressure-lowering drugs Valsartan and Losartan.

As a result, the FDA has requested that manufacturers pull all prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine drugs from the market immediately.

Federal regulators are also recommending that patients with over-the-counter versions of the drug stop taking them, and that those with prescriptions consult their doctors about switching. The FDA says that, to date, it has not found NDMA in the active ingredients in a host of similar medications, such as Pepcid, Prevacid and Prilosec.

The FDA issued a warning in September 2019 about the drugs, which prompted pharmacies to halt sales of Zantac and its equivalents.

Sanofi, the drug manufacturer, says it already conducted a voluntary recall of the product in the U.S. and Canada as the FDA’s investigation unfolded.

If you are taking prescription ranitidine, check with your doctor first before discontinuing the medication. There may be reasons why your doctor want you on a specific medication.

Criteria to File A Zantac Lawsuit

Those who may be eligible for compensation from a lawsuit include:

  • Anyone who purchased the over-the-counter drug after 2010.
  • Must have taken prescription or over-the-counter medication regularly for at least 60 days prior to diagnosis.
  • Minimum of 300mg/week.
  • Those who took prescription or OTC Zantac medication regularly for at least 60 days and were diagnosed with:
    • Stomach or gastric cancer
    • Kidney cancer
    • Bladder cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Colon cancer

If cancer was diagnosed more than six months after use was discontinued, it must have been taken regularly for more than one year.

How a Michigan Zantac Cancer Lawyer Can Help

If you took Zantac and have been diagnosed with cancer, our top-rated dangerous drug lawyers will seek the following damages for you:

  • Past and future medical expenses that result from the injuries.
  • Past and future pain and suffering (physical and mental) caused by the injuries, and the treatment and recovery process.
  • Past and future wage loss.
  • Past and future loss of earning capacity.
  • Past and future loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Punitive damages, if appropriate.

File a Michigan Zantac Cancer Lawsuit

If you or a loved one have taken Zantac and have been diagnosed with cancer, it is strongly recommended that you contact Buckfire Law, who is experienced in dangerous drug cancer lawsuits, claims, and injuries.

There are time limits to file drug lawsuits, so it’s best to act as quickly as possible.

Our top-rated dangerous drug lawyers are actively seeking cancer settlements and filing ranitidine cancer lawsuits against drug makers on behalf of patients injured by these potentially defective drugs. Call today for a free case review.

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