Zantac Cancer Lawsuits in 2021 – It’s Not Too Late to File
Drug Injury , Mass Tort
Zantac is a well-known medication used in the management of GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease which is thought to be caused by a confluence of lifestyle factors such as inactivity and a poor diet, as well as complications from certain digestive conditions such as gastric ulcers. Zantac has been used for decades without incident, but an FDA investigation blew the lid off the supposed safety of this common drug that belongs to the proton pump inhibitor class of drugs. It was discovered that Zantac contained unacceptable levels of a certain chemical called NDMA which is a known carcinogen. Following this discovery, the FDA issued a recall to protect consumers, but for some, it may have already been too late as they had been taking this medication for over a decade or more, potentially exposing them to various types of aggressive and incurable forms of cancer.
Are you looking to file a Zantac class action lawsuit? If you were harmed by Zantac after taking it for over 6 months, or if you were diagnosed with cancer shortly after starting to take Zantac, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. The makers of Zantac, Sanofi, obfuscated or hid information about NDMA levels and their potential to cause cancer, thereby failing to warn the public who may have made different choices regarding medication, potentially saving themselves from aggressive forms of cancer. Failure to warn is litigable via a product liability lawsuit, which entitled you to money damages for a number of things. The class action lawsuit surrounding Zantac is called multidistrict litigation, which is a more streamlined and efficient form of class action lawsuit, and it takes into account the unique circumstances around each case. If you’d like to join the Zantac MDL which is slated to be heard in December of this year, please contact our Zantac cancer attorneys NOW at (773) 825-3651. Remember, the call is ABSOLUTELY FREE, and there’s no legal obligation. Helping all Zantac cancer victims countrywide.
Zantac FDA Investigation – What Did They Find Out?
Back in 2019, an online pharmacy let the FDA know about higher than normal levels of NDMA in Zantac pills, which prompted an internal investigation by the government agency. A few months later, the FDA requested that Zantac manufacturers remover their products off the market given the potential risk to public health the medication posed. It is alleged in lawsuit documents that Sanofi and other generic ranitidine manufacturers were aware of NDMA and its potential to cause various cancers such as stomach and bladder cancer, yet they failed to do something about the same in order to protect the public. Following the withdrawal of ranitidine and its generic analogues, Sanofi reformulated and released Zantac 360, which has famotidine instead, a compound that has no link to any cancers.
Zantac, NDMA and Cancer – What’s The Link?
Individuals diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac were shown to have no familial history of cancer, and doctors were all in agreement that an environmental agent could be the proximate cause of their cancer. According to research, NDMA has been shown to be toxic to both animals and humans, particularly to the liver. This compound has been shown to potentially accumulate in organs such as the lungs, kidneys, brain, bladder, liver and the stomach, causing changes on a cellular level which over time gives rise to mutations that can be deadly and set the stage for the development of various cancers.
The ranitidine NDMA debacle has a very long history that stretches all the way back to 1981 when it was shown that nitrite in the body combines with ranitidine, forming NDMA as a by-product, which lingers in the body for extended periods of time.
Zantac is used to treat the following conditions:
- Stomach ache
- Acid indigestion
What Exactly is NDMA?
NDMA is short for N-Nitrosodimethylamine, which has been shown in numerous studies to lead to various aggressive cancers. In the past, NDMA was used to make rocket fuel which was shown in animal studies to cause cancer. Industrially, NDMA is a waste product especially in the manufacture of pesticides and lubricants. It is odorless and yellow liquid at room temperature and is found in small quantities in things like water, beer and cured meats such as hams.
Zantac and Stomach Cancer
Stomach cancer, also known as adenocarcinoma is a form of cancer that can be treated if caught early enough. Risk factors include things like smoking and obesity.
Some of the symptoms associated with Zantac-related stomach cancer include:
- Constant bloating
- Heartburn that doesn’t go away
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Weight loss
- A feeling of fullness even after eating less
Surgery to remove cancerous tissue, chemotherapy and radiation are the most common modes of treatment for stomach cancer.
Zantac and Bladder Cancer
Bladder cancer isn’t a common form of cancer, and its prevalence in the country is just below 5 percent. In addition, it is common in individuals that are over the age of 55, and it affects mostly males than females. Bladder cancer has an excellent prognosis of over 75% if caught early, and it has the potential to spread to other organs if not treated in a timely manner.
Some of the symptoms of Zantac-related bladder cancer include:
- Blood in one’s urine
- Constant urination
- Back pain
- Pelvic pain
- Painful urination
If you took Zantac or other generic medications and developed bladder cancer, move fast and seek treatment, and then call us so we can include you in the multidistrict litigation; it’s not too late.
Other forms of cancer associated with Zantac include:
- Breast cancer
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Cancer of the small intestine
Zantac Cancer Lawsuits – Call Us Now to File Your Claim!
As of 2019, there had been over 600 cases of individuals claiming that Zantac was the reason they developed cancer. These cases ended up being consolidated into one federal court docket in early 2020. At the moment, Zantac cancer attorneys are engaged in the discovery process, which is expected to come to a conclusion at the end of 2021. This means that you may still have the opportunity to join multidistrict litigation if you developed the above named cancers while taking Zantac. Ready to file a Zantac cancer lawsuit? Please contact our Zantac cancer lawyers NOW at (773) 825-3651 to file. Thanks for choosing us, and we look forward to helping you get the justice and compensation you are duly owed.