The cancer-causing agent in Zantac is N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Zantac is a medication used to treat conditions related to the overproduction of stomach acid. Some of these conditions include heartburn, ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that the presence of NDMA in Zantac can result in adverse health complications.
Cancer-Causing Agent Found in Zantac
Zantac is the brand name for the generic drug ranitidine, which is available in both prescription and over-the-counter versions. This medication works by reducing acid production in the stomach.
After the online pharmacy Valisure detected NDMA in ranitidine products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation that confirmed the presence of this dangerous substance.
Testing by the FDA found that low levels of NDMA were present at the time of manufacturing. These levels also increased with time at room temperature, so the amount of NDMA in Zantac may grow during shipping or as it sits on the shelves of pharmacies.
Recalls of Zantac and Other Ranitidine Products
The FDA requested that manufacturers of Zantac and all other ranitidine products remove them from the shelves. Two major drug companies, Novartis and Sandoz, have since recalled these products. In addition, several pharmacy chains—including CVS and Walgreens—voluntarily pulled Zantac and generic versions from their shelves.
How NDMA Affects the Body
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies NDMA as a B2 carcinogen, which means that it is reasonably anticipated to cause cancer in humans. Lab tests have shown that in mammals, NDMA causes tumors, particularly in the liver, respiratory tract, kidney, and blood vessels. In humans, NDMA can cause:
- Enlarged liver
- Reduced function of the liver, kidneys, and lungs
In small doses, NDMA may not cause any problems, but higher doses could lead to concerns like those mentioned above. Many people take Zantac daily to manage chronic conditions—these people are rightly concerned that they have sustained significant exposure to NDMA through Zantac consumption.
Protection from Defective Products in Florida
Florida protects consumers from defective products, including medications. Manufacturers can be legally liable for defective products even if they did not intend for the defect to occur.
Zantac users expected to purchase a safe medication that was free of contaminants. If the companies that made Zantac were negligent in its production, and that negligence allowed a contaminated drug to enter the market, they may be responsible for personal injuries that the drug caused.
Damages from Zantac Consumption
Damages are the legal term for financial compensation. If you develop cancer or other health conditions because of Zantac use, you may be entitled to compensation for damages such as:
- Doctor’s appointments
- Medical tests
- Cancer treatment
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in Florida
Defective product lawsuits and other personal injury actions are subject to filing deadlines, known as the statute of limitations. In particular, Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a) sets the statute of limitations for personal injury at four years. However, based on the state’s discovery rule, you could have longer to take action.
How a Lawyer Can Help with a Zantac Personal Injury Case
Filing a claim against a pharmaceutical giant is a daunting task. Working with a personal injury lawyer from our firm can make the process feel more manageable. When you work with Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, our team can guide you through every step of the legal process. We have sought damages from big companies and insurance providers before, so we know what to expect.
We will investigate your claim and gather evidence to support the value of your damages, such as medical records, receipts, and past wage statements. Our team will also take over all the written and verbal communication with Zantac’s manufacturer and its insurance provider. When your case is ready, we will file a claim and negotiate a settlement on your behalf. If necessary, we can file a lawsuit and represent you in court.
Get a Free Consultation for Zantac Injury Claim Today
If you have concerns about how Zantac has impacted your health, don’t wait too long to act. Call (855) 529-0269 today. The team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers will provide a free consultation for your case.