On September 13th, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Admiration announced they had begun investigating the medication Ranitidine because it contained a cancer-causing impurity. Ranitidine is the generic name for the prescription drug Zantac, which is used to treat heartburn and reduce acid. Since the FDA’s announcement was made, Zantac has been recalled by over 15 drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Several lawsuits have also recently been filed against these companies, with plaintiffs alleging that the makers/distributors of Zantac continued to push the medication despite knowing its potential risks.
If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer and have previously used Zantac or another form of Ranitidine, you may be entitled to compensation. Users who have taken the drug for at least one year should consider filing a lawsuit, while users who have taken Zantac for five years or more should absolutely seek the assistance of an experienced attorney. Fortunately, our seasoned legal team at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs has intensive experience in dangerous drug lawsuits, meaning we have the skills and knowledge to take your case all the way. If you are looking for a trusted Zantac recall lawyer in Houston, call Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs to schedule a consultation today.
The human carcinogen found in Zantac is known as N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. While this chemical was initially developed as a fuel source for rockets, it has not been widely used since unsafe levels were detected in the air, water, and soil surrounding manufacturing plants. Testing in animals indicates that NDMA may cause cancer when consumed by humans, as the chemical can alter your DNA.
NDMA is found in everything from tobacco, to cars, to toiletry and cosmetic products, to detergents and pesticides, to foods including meat, beer, fish, and cheese. Small amounts of NDMA are safe, so individuals who only took Zantac or another Ranitidine product once in awhile are unlikely to experience any health issues. However, those that regularly used the drug for 1-5 years may have been overexposed to NDMA, potentially leading to severe side effects and ongoing health problems.
Zantac has commonly been prescribed to treat everything from ulcers, to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), to chronic indigestion. For individuals who have been taking the drug for 1-5 years for any of these conditions, their risk for certain types of cancers may be increased.
Following the FDA’s initial Zantac recall, several lawsuits were filed against drug manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis LLC and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, the company that held the rights to the medication. Plaintiffs in these suits have pointed to the FDA’s finding that Zantac contains roughly 26,000 times more of the NDMA impurity than the government regulator normally allows. This litigation has opened up other drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies that were forced to recall Ranitidine products to legal action as well.
If you or someone you know has received a cancer diagnoses following prolonged Ranitidine use, you should consider hiring a Houston Zantac cancer attorney from Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs. Our professional legal team has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and compensation for clients, and has been providing compassionate representation for complex litigation since 1992. We are backed by over 100 years of combined experienced, and provide free consultations, so you always feel completely comfortable before we take your case. Contact Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs for tenacious but caring legal counsel, and take the fight to the pharmaceutical giants ASAP.
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