Depending on how you obtained the medication or the health complications you experienced, you may be able to get your money back if you purchased Zantac. For instance, if you purchased the medication over the counter, depending on the retailer’s policy, you may be issued a refund. If you received medical care as a result of complications from using Zantac or if you will receive care in the future, you may also be able to seek compensation for those costs.
Zantac is at the center of legal controversy after being linked to the development of cancer in affected patients. If you developed cancer or another health complication as a result of taking the drug, not only could you get your money back from Zantac, but you could also have grounds for a lawsuit as well.
Understanding the Issues Surrounding Zantac
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), Zantac was one of the best-selling drugs in history. When it was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1983, the drug sought to treat conditions such as heartburn and indigestion. However, the drug has recently come under scrutiny after it was found that one of the ingredients in Zantac, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), can cause cancer.
In 2020, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of Zantac, noting that the drug had been connected to possible health risks. There are many evolving lawsuits against the maker of Zantac. Some of these lawsuits have been organized into multi-district litigation (MDL) cases where multiple claimants present their cases under one federal judge and negotiate a settlement. Other claimants are filing independent lawsuits where they do not organize with other plaintiffs.
These lawsuits are built on the allegation that because Zantac caused claimants to develop cancer, the drug company should compensate plaintiffs for their healthcare expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Some plaintiffs are filing on behalf of decedents who passed away after taking the medication. These people are looking to recoup losses associated with their loved ones’ passing, including end-of-life medical bills and funeral expenses.
The Types of Cancer Caused by Zantac
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that people come into contact with trace amounts of NDMA every day in certain foods and drinking water. However, the FDA notes that ranitidine products can increase consumers’ exposure to NDMA and pose a greater health risk.
Despite its risks, Zantac was frequently used to treat heartburn and related gastrointestinal ailments. For this reason, many people with chronic ailments took this drug every day. Some of these people are now dealing with gastric cancer, liver cancer, and other cancers.
If you relied on Zantac in the past for heartburn relief, based on recent developments, you should consider taking another form of medication or speaking with your doctor. They can provide insight into other alternatives that could address any conditions that you may have.
Consider Your Legal Options if You Were Affected by Zantac
Regardless of whether or not you developed any health complications as a result of taking the medication, you may be able to get your money back from Zantac. However, as noted, your eligibility for a refund will depend on many factors related to your circumstances.
If you or a loved one developed cancer after taking Zantac, you have financial recovery options. Based on the information in your case, you could be eligible to seek compensation for your medical bills, forfeited income, and pain and suffering. You could even pursue compensation for the challenges associated with having a disability if Zantac left you with long-term health problems.
How a Lawyer Could Help You
While you manage your life in the aftermath of a cancer diagnosis, a lawyer can build a case on your behalf. They will need to gather evidence to prove that as a result of taking Zantac, you or a loved one developed cancer. Some documentation that could support your case includes your medical records, proof of purchase statements, and testimony from your healthcare team.
A lawyer could help you seek compensation by:
- Investigating your circumstances
- Explaining whether joining an MDL would suit your legal goals
- Speaking with your doctors about your cancer diagnosis
- Negotiating for an out-of-court settlement (if possible)
- Litigating your case
A lawyer may be able to assist you in ways not listed here. Additionally, many lawyers who handle Zantac-related cases operate on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that they will take payment for their services out of the settlement or court award they get for you. With this information in mind, you could afford legal representation at no out-of-pocket cost to you or your family.
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers Can Help You Get Started
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers is a client-based law firm that extends legal aid to claimants affected by Zantac. Our team is prepared to work directly with clients, listening to the details of your situation, and advising you on a course of action that could help you achieve a fair outcome for your case. To explore your options with a member of our team, call (855) 529-0269.