The Food and Drug Administration warns that some Zantac, (ranitidine) pills used to treat heartburn are contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), an extremely toxic cancer-causing impurity.
The Jeffcoat Firm is assisting clients with their Zantac induced injuries. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or a generic form of ranitidine, you should contact us immediately.
Has Zantac Been Tested for NDMA Carcinogen?
As recently as September of 2019, the Food and Drug Administration warned doctors and the public that some Zantac heartburn medication and generics had been contaminated with a cancer-causing impurity called NDMA.
There have been many types of cancer linked to NDMA, and they include:
- Bladder Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Gastric Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
Tests have determined that levels as high as 3,000 micrograms are contained in Zantac and generics. This is an extremely high level of NDMA. The recently recalled blood pressure drugs contained NDMA levels only up to 17 micrograms, to put things into perspective.
Are There Other Adverse Effects That Have Been Associated with Zantac?
Other adverse effects have been reported by people using Zantac or a generic. They include:
- Arrhythmia or Tachycardia (Rapid or irregular heartbeats)
- Hepatitis, Liver Failure, and Jaundice
- Increased Risk of Contracting Pneumonia
- Low Platelet Levels in Your Blood
- Nervous System Disorders
- Skin Rashes and Hair Loss
- Vitamin B-12 Deficiencies
What is NDMA?
N-Nitrosodimethylamine, (NDMA), is a toxic chemical impurity that remains after the industrial processes in use to manufacturer Zantac. NDMA is created when the manufacturers reuse specific materials such as solvents. Many people who have been poisoned by NDMA have died due to severe liver damage and internal bleeding.
Does Food Contain NDMA?
NDMA is communally found in water and foods such as meat, dairy products, and vegetables. Federal officials, however, have stated that Zantac contains NDMA contains low levels that “barely exceed amounts you might expect to find in common foods.”
Isn’t NDMA Also In Blood Pressure Medication that’s Led to Recalls?
Yes. NDMA contamination is a massive problem in China and India, who were forced to recall dozens of medications for blood pressure. These recalled drugs included Diovan, Valsartan, Irbesartan, and more.
What About the Zantac Lawsuits?
There are lawsuits that have been filed by people diagnosed with cancer after using Zantac. All the trials have been consolidated into a Multi-District Litigation in New Jersey.
Just recently, attorneys have filed a second class-action lawsuit against Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturers, alleging that they intentionally hid the risk of cancer from doctors and the public.
This second class-action lawsuit also alleges that a single 150-mg tablet of Zantac could react in your stomach and produce up to 26,000 times the Food and Drug Administration approved limit of NDMA.
Have There Been Any Recalls on Zantac?
While there hasn’t been a recall on Zantac, CVS and Walmart have stopped selling Zantac and any generic ranitidine while the risk of cancer is being investigated.
Additionally, there have been several recalls for generic ranitidine and Zantac. Sandoz, Inc. and Apotex Corp, also recalled ranitidine in August of 2019. Furthermore, Novartis has stopped the distribution of its ranitidine products.
While all this has been occurring, Valisure, the pharmacy that discovered carcinogens in Zantac and ranitidine, has submitted a formal recall petition to the Food and Drug Administration. Valisure is requesting that the Food and Drug Administration to recall Zantac and generic ranitidine medications that are known to contain NDMA.
How Do I Know if I Have A Zantac Lawsuit?
Instead of a class-action lawsuit, the attorneys at the South Carolina law firm of Michael Jeffcoat file individual lawsuits so they can assist people with the most severe injuries from defective medications.
It’s entirely possible that class action lawsuits will be filed for anyone who bought Zantac or a generic medication that was contaminated with NDMA. However, class actions are not meant to maximize financial compensation for you if you were injured or died of severe side effects, such as cancer.
Have There Been Any Zantac Mass Tort Cases?
At this time, there haven’t been any large mass tort cases that involve Zantac and its potential link to bladder or stomach cancer. However, large groups of cases will not happen until some of the lawsuits are tried in front of a jury, and the manufacturer can understand their financial risks.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, The Jeffcoat Firm might be able to assist you in obtaining justice and monetary compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, future care, and more.