You may have heard about the Zantac lawsuits on television and are wondering if you have a case. The Zantac lawyers at The Jeffcoat Firm have put this simple guide together to help you determine if you may have a case.
Do I Have A Zantac Claim?
You may have researched Zantac online and realized that it’s not as simple as it sounds to determine if you have a Zantac claim.
Zantac is the brand name of a heartburn drug called Ranitidine. You can purchase Zantac over the counter, or it can be prescribed by your doctor.
There are a lot of drug companies that produce Ranitidine under various brand names. Some of those manufacturers include Pfizer, Sanofi, Boehringer, GlaxoSmithKline, etc.
To have a claim against the manufacturer of Zantac, you will have to be able to prove you weren’t taking a generic brand. Also, you will have to show that you may have taken a combination of different types of Zantac throughout the years, and, obviously, you didn’t save any of the receipts. While all of this may seem complicated, it’s easier to understand if you break it down into steps.
Be Able to Confirm You Took Zantac
The first step is to prove you took Zantac. If your doctor prescribed Zantac for you, this would be rather easy to show because it will be on your pharmacy records. Being able to prove you took Zantac that was purchased over the counter can become exhausting, but if you have receipts, medical record notes, or even statements from your family members that can support you, took Zantac, this may make the task easier.
Be Able to Confirm You Took Zantac For a Long Time
You will have to be able to prove that you took Zantac for a prolonged period. This stage has variables such as the dosage you made and how often you were taking Zantac. These types of cases can be hard, and Zantac lawsuits are just beginning, so the rules for litigation and claim requirements can and do change often.
Be Able to Confirm Zantac Related Diagnosis
To bring your claim, you are going to have to show that you suffered an injury as a result of your use of Zantac. This is not as easy as it sounds because there are many types of cancers, and not all are the same. For example, a smoker who contracts lung cancer would have a hard time proving it was due to Zantac.
As of right now, we can only go by what science is telling us. Right now, the science indicates that to have a viable claim against Zantac, you may have to show a diagnosis of your primary cancer being in the digestive tract such as your small/large intestine, stomach, colorectal, liver, bladder, esophageal or pancreatic.
Be Able to Confirm Your Latency Period
You cannot take just one dose of Zantac and then be diagnosed with some form of cancer the next day and expect to contribute your cancer to Zantac. There is a latency period that begins when you take your first dose of Zantac until you’re diagnosed with cancer.
Again, the science and Zantac claims aren’t settled because of different types of cancers, all of the different latency periods. Right now, we believe you need to show at least one year latency period, meaning one year has passed between the time you first started taking Zantac and your diagnosis.
Contact The Jeffcoat Firm
The Zantac lawyers at The Jeffcoat Firm specialize in Zantac cancer cases, and you shouldn’t wait to contact us so we can evaluate your claim and start building a case to file your claim. We have the knowledge, experience, and skill it takes to fight large pharmaceutical companies to ensure you receive any monetary compensation you deserve.