Zantac was recalled in April 2020 after it was found to cause liver, colon, kidney, prostate, breast, and stomach cancer. Per the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), they voluntarily took the drug off the market after being available for decades.
You could file a claim or lawsuit to recover compensation if you or a loved one developed cancer after taking Zantac. While you focus on rebuilding your case, you could have a lawyer from our firm handle your legal matters.
Why Was Zantac Recalled?
Zantac was a popular over-the-counter and prescription medication that sought to alleviate the symptoms of heartburn. It became available in 1983.
However, Zantac contains a substance called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The World Health Organization (WHO) says that people come in contact with NDMA every day in very small amounts. NDMA can lead to adverse health conditions when consumed in high doses.
In November 2019, the FDA said that Zantac contained acceptable levels of NDMA. However, they rescinded this statement nearly a year later when they issued a voluntary recall.
What Does It Mean When a Drug is Recalled?
The FDA says that it recalls certain drugs when they are deemed to be unsafe. Sometimes, upon learning about a dangerous product, the product’s manufacturer will recall the item. Other times, the FDA will need to intervene and order a mandatory recall.
Many drugs are not recalled right away. Often, many people need to suffer adverse health complications before a drug’s manufacturer will consider recalling a medication.
Drugs can be recalled because:
- Their chemical composition is inherently dangerous.
- They can cause health complications if taken over a prolonged period.
- Their side effects outweigh the benefits of the drug.
- They can become dangerous over time due to storage conditions.
Determining Your Eligibility to File a Zantac Lawsuit
You could be eligible to file a lawsuit against the makers of Zantac if you can prove that you suffered adverse health consequences (like cancer) as a result of taking the drug. You could also qualify to take legal action if you lost a loved one after they took Zantac.
If either of these circumstances applies to you, consider the following:
Stop Taking the Drug Immediately
Harvard Health Publishing says that if you are still in possession of Zantac, you should talk to your doctor about taking it. Since the FDA has recalled the drug, they will likely advise you to stop taking it.
You should keep the bottle, label, or anything related to the drug that you have. If you take legal action, this could prove that you or a loved one took the medication.
Keeping Track of Your Medical Care
If you or a loved one is currently receiving medical care after taking Zantac, you should keep track of your treatments. This can include keeping records of your:
- Doctors’ appointments
- Lab test results
- Diagnosis and prognosis
- Medical bills
- Condition’s response to treatment
You can use this information later to prove that you suffered adverse health consequences due to taking Zantac.
Contacting a Law Firm That Handles Dangerous Drug Cases
Pursuing compensation from the makers of Zantac can be complicated. Rest assured that upon filing your claim, the drug company’s lawyers will work against you.
We can handle your case at no out-of-pocket cost to you. To help you recover the cost of your damages, we can:
- Gather evidence to prove that you were hurt by taking Zantac
- Handle all communications with the drug company’s legal team
- Calculate the cost of your losses
- Explain your legal options
- Represent you in court
We can also interview chemists, doctors, and other consultants about the drug that harmed you.
You Could Recover Damages if Zantac Harmed You
If your claim or lawsuit against the makers of Zantac succeeds, you could be entitled to the following losses:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental guidance
You could qualify to recover other types of losses depending on your situation.
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers is Ready to Fight for You
Even though Zantac was recalled in 2020, people are still struggling with the drug’s adverse effects. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer due to taking Zantac, Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers could take on your case.
We can manage communications with the drug manufacturer’s legal team, calculate the cost of your losses, and build your product liability case. To begin a free case review with a member of our legal team, dial (855) 529-0269.