Since its recall in 2020, Zantac is currently unavailable through prescription or over-the-counter purchase. Because the drug was found to cause cancer in certain people, there is no telling when or whether Zantac will be back on the market.
For the drug to be available for purchase, the makers will need to make sure that the drug does not pose an unreasonable health risk. If they are successfully able to accomplish this goal, then consumers may be able to purchase the drug once more.
Why Zantac Was Recalled
Zantac was recalled because, after more than 30 years of being on the market, it was found to cause gastric and colorectal cancer. Once hailed as one of the best-selling drugs on the market (according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the FDA claimed that Zantac was not dangerous. The organization stated that it contained harmless amounts of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which people come into contact with every day, per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
However, once inside the body, the amount of NDMA becomes harmful, contributing to health complications. Additionally, when stored in certain temperatures, amounts of NDMA can rise. The FDA advises anyone who is in possession of Zantac or its generic form to stop taking the drug. If the drug is released back on the market, it will likely be released with a new set of compounds safe for human consumption.
Heartburn Patients Have Other Medical Options
Zantac is not the only drug in today’s market that seeks to alleviate heartburn symptoms. Harvard Health Publishing explains that there are an array of medications that can help people. H2 blockers, for instance, can reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach.
These medications can help people with heartburn find reprieve from their symptoms. The organization also notes that by reducing the amount of “spicy foods, or large or fatty meals and alcohol,” one can cut down on the prevalence of heartburn.
Talk to Your Doctor About Other Heartburn Medications
At the end of the day, the only one who can dispense healthcare advice is your doctor. They can assess the details of your condition to determine what treatment options you have aside from Zantac and its generic versions. If you are struggling with periodic episodes of heartburn, they may be able to prescribe a medication that does not contribute to the likelihood of developing cancer. If you are struggling with a long-term, chronic condition, then a more intensive measure may be necessary.
Your doctor can share whether Zantac’s developers are any closer to re-releasing their product back on the market. Even if Zantac is put back on the market, your doctor may still advise you to take another type of medication.
Taking Legal Action Against the Makers of Zantac
If you or a loved one developed cancer after taking Zantac, you have financial recovery options. There are hundreds of claimants expected to take action against Sanofi, the maker of Zantac. They are arguing that the organization knew (or should have known) about the product’s ability to cause cancer.
Some people are opting to file independent lawsuits against the company. Others, however, are choosing to join mass torts. In a mass tort, you join a lawsuit with plaintiffs who are alleging similar things as you.
You have the chance to work with a lawyer who can oversee the obligations associated with recovering compensation. They can guide you through the litigation process and advise you on your options accordingly.
A Lawyer Can Calculate Your Losses
You may be looking to recover the following types of damages:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Rehabilitative care
- Funeral and burial costs
Your lawyer can assign a monetary value to both your economic and non-economic damages. If you file and win an independent lawsuit, the proceeds will go directly to you. Yet, if you join and win a mass tort, the proceeds will be divided among the parties involved.
A Lawyer Can Represent You in Court
While dealing with a cancer diagnosis, you may not have the time or energy to represent yourself in court. Rest assured, your lawyer can do this for you. They can consult with healthcare experts and other relevant professionals to provide testimony on your behalf. Additionally, they can present proof of your diagnosis and damages. While your lawyer fights for your rights in court, you can stay at home and spend time with your loved ones.
Call Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers to Get Started
Our law firm can examine the facts of your case and determine whether you have a viable case against the makers of Zantac. If we take your case, you will work directly with our founding partners throughout the development of your lawsuit. Additionally, we work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning that our clients do not pay us anything upfront or out of pocket for our help.
To discuss your situation in a free case review, dial Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers at (855) 529-0269.