Zantac (ranitidine) is an H2 blocker that treats and prevents heartburn over the counter and treats and prevents stomach ulcers with a prescription. Zantac’s active ingredient, ranitidine, metabolizes into N-nitrosodimetylamine (NDMA). NDMA is an environmental contaminant that may cause cancer after exposure to high doses over an extended period of time. The FDA has set acceptable levels of NDMA at 96 ng per day, but tests using FDA-approved methods have found that the level of NDMA in Zantac may reach up to 198,000 ng for the standard 150 mg tablets.[1] The FDA announced an immediate recall of all prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine drugs in April 2020 due to potentially unsafe levels of NDMA.[2] Zantac lawsuits claim that the pharmaceutical industry company, Sanofi, knew the potential dangers of NDMA in Zantac but failed to warn the public leading to countless consumers being exposed to high levels of NDMA.

Contact Counsel Hound today for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac.

Link to Cancer

The CDC reports that NDMA was previously used to make rocket fuel before being discontinued due to harmful environmental factors. It is still unintentionally formed during some manufacturing processes at many industrial sites. NDMA may also be found in outdoor air, surface waters of rivers and lakes, and soil. The primary sources of NDMA exposure are tobacco, food (fish, cured meats, cheese, etc.), toiletry and cosmetic products, and household cleaning items.[3] The FDA and EPA have set limits of acceptable amounts of NDMA to be found in food, water, etc. NDMA is a potential carcinogen. Short-term exposure can lead to liver damage, and long-term exposure may increase the risk of liver, kidney, and lung cancer.

Symptoms

According to the EPA, symptoms of NDMA overexposure include:[4]

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Enlarged liver
  • Reduced function of liver and lungs

If you believe you are suffering from NDMA overexposure, contact your doctor today.

Compensation

Zantac NDMA exposure can leave you with physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Our Counsel Hound lawyers will work to maximize your settlement or award. Types of compensation you may be eligible for include economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages:

  • If you incurred medical expenses related to the diagnosis and treatment of your disease, we would work to have you reimbursed.
  • If the disease forced you to miss work or suffer a wage decrease at a new position, we would prove your losses with timesheets.
  • If you lost a loved one to Zantac NDMA exposure, you might be able to recover funeral or burial costs.

Non-Economic Damages:

Some damages cannot be proven with lost wages, property damages, etc., and you and your loved ones may face emotional suffering as a result of the disease. Our lawyers will work to include all available compensation in your case.

Why file a lawsuit?

Filing a lawsuit/claim can help:

  • Victims of NDMA exposure focus on health and treatment.
  • Families afford the cost of their loved one’s medical and funeral expenses.
  • Hold manufacturers and companies accountable for NDMA negligence.
  • Encourage other victims of Zantac NDMA exposure to seek fair compensation for their injuries.

Zantac Lawsuit Criteria

To qualify for a Zantac lawsuit, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Used brand name Zantac OR generic brand (ranitidine) after October 1984 for at least six months.
  • Suffered from at least one of the following:
    • Bladder Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Kidney (renal) cancer, Liver Cancer, Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Prostate cancer, Stomach Cancer.
  • Did not develop an injury as a result of non-qualifying cancer.
  • Did not develop an injury as a result of previously diagnosed cancer.
  • Developed an injury within 12 months after beginning the qualifying medication.
  • Diagnosed with an injury within 20 years of the last dose of qualifying medication.
  • Aged 69 years or younger if diagnosed with prostate cancer.
  • Have not smoked in the past 20 years, if diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • Did not live in Michigan, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, or Puerto Rico while taking qualifying medication.

Qualifying Cancers

Qualifying Zantac Lawsuit cancers include but are not limited to:

  • Bladder cancer and Bladder removal
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Kidney cancer and kidney removal
  • Liver cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Stomach cancer

In Recent News

Plaintiffs of several class-action lawsuits against Zantac manufacturers have made medical monitoring claims. On October 4, 2021, Zantac drug manufacturers requested a federal court to toss the medical monitoring claims.[5]