Zantac Cancer Lawsuit
People were taking what they thought were safe antacid pills but may be been ingesting high levels of a carcinogen instead without knowing it
- Biggest Award: First Case Outcomes Still Pending
- Number of Cases: 140 Cases as of March 2020
- Medication Introduction Date: 1981
- Intended Use: OTC ranitidine is commonly used to relieve and prevent heartburn. Prescription strengths are also used to treat and prevent more serious ulcers in the stomach and intestines.
- Side-Effects: Exposure to alarming high levels of a cancer causing chemical NDMA
What You Need to Know
What is the Zantac Lawsuit About
The popular antacid drug Zantac’s main ingredient ranitidine has been found to contain very high levels of a cancer-causing chemical called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). In addition there is now evidence suggesting that while the big pharma companies who make Zantac were making unpredendent profits (it was the first drug to ever generate a billion dollars in annual sales) the companies became aware that there was a link to cancer and hid it from consumers for years.
When Was Zantac Cancer Risk Discovered?
What is NDMA?
N-Nitrosodimethylamine (“NDMA”) is a chemical that is usually created as a byproduct of either a natural chemical process in nature or of a manufacturing process. It can be found in small traces in many products and foods around the world. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) all classify NDMA as a cancer-causing chemical yet NDMA in low doses is not considered dangerous (The FDA has set the acceptable daily intake of NDMA at 96 nanograms). However in high dosages, such as the ones recently found in Zantac, the chemical is considered very dangerous to the human body.
What Are The Cancer Risks of NDMA?
Exposure to NDMA in ranitidine has been linked to a number of cancers including Stomach cancer, Colon or Intestinal cancer, Kidney cancer, Breast Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bladder cancer, Liver cancer, Prostate cancer, Lung Cancer, Brain cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Prostate cancer, and Rectal cancer. .
NDMA Dangers in Zantac
What Are The Dangers?
The major risks of cancer and NDMA have to do with the levels of the chemical found in the drug. Both the FDA and other third party labs using FDA approved testing found NDMA levels in ranitidine to be “alarming high”. The testing done by independent pharmacy Valisure’s lab found the levels to be more than 3,000 times higher than the FDA recommended daily dose.
The FDA has agreed that the levels of NDMA in Zantac and other ranitidine products increase over time to an unacceptable level for daily intake yet the FDA calls the high NDMA levels found in Zantac an “impurity”. The agency says that NDMA was present in both the finished drug product samples and the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). But two other independent labs using FDA approved testing does not show this. According to their tests NDMA is not added instead it is formed as a by-product of the chemical process that happens when the drug sits out. Emery Pharma testing shows that NDMA can increase during storage, especially if the drug is exposed to high heat and even while it remains in the package. In addition the Valisure testing results show that NDMA is actually formed in the body upon consumption. In September 2019 they sent a citizen petition to the FDA warning of their findings.
New Research Discoveries
A Stanford University research study from 2016 further supports the results made by Valisure. Urine samples were tested from adults 24 hours before and after ingestion of a standard dose of 150 mg of ranitidine. The results found that levels of NDMA in the urine increased 400-fold, from 110 ng to 47,600 ng. These levels, the researchers believe, show there has been a large underestimation of the actual NDMA exposure in the body, since only a small fraction of the NDMA is actually excreted in the urine.
Clearly more investigation and transparency is needed by the FDA and other governing bodies into the cancer risks of NDMA in ranitidine drugs. Yet based on the knowledge currently available there is enough evidence to show that NDMA levels in Zantac are not safe.
Who Is Impacted By This?
How Have Affected People Fought Back?
As much of the information surrounding Ranitidine is relatively new, cases against Zantac have only just begun. As of March 2020 there are 140 cases with thousands of people filing suits against Zantac, however most legal experts believe that this is only the beginning and expect a huge number of Zantac lawsuits getting filed over the next few years.
Joining a lawsuit would help hold the makers of Zantac accountable for not protecting consumer rights and would push for the strengthening of consumer protections in the future which would include rules for updating labelling on drugs and recalling other drugs with problematic levels of NDMA. In addition it will help those who have suffered harm from the company’s unethical behaviour receive compensation.
How Can I Join The Lawsuit?
Take a free evaluation to determine eligibility for taking action. You or a loved one must meet the following criteria:
- Have Taken Zantac
- Diagnosed with one of the following Bladder cancers: Brain cancer, Breast cancer, Colon or intestinal cancer, Kidney cancer, Liver cancer, Lung cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Prostate cancer, Rectal cancer, Stomach cancer
If eligible, gather and collect relevant paperwork including:
- Health and Medical Records
- Records of Zantac use and purchases
- Any relevant testimony from peers and family members
Discuss the lawsuit potential with a team member
- Receive and review a contingency agreement to join a lawsuit
- If approved, sign the contingency agreement
- A specialized lawyer will help and guide you in the fight against Zantac
- There are no fees for starting the process and signing the contingency agreement. Fees will only be assessed in the event of a successful outcome from the lawsuit.
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