Zantac and its generic form ranitidine have been recalled in all 50 states, and as a result, Zantac is essentially banned. This is because a likely human carcinogen, N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), was found in higher than acceptable amounts in the drug. This led the FDA to issue a recall on ranitidine drugs, both for over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications.
Locations Where Zantac Is Banned
Zantac was banned in all 50 states in the U.S. due to a recall by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 1, 2020. They also recommended that Zantac users discontinue their use of existing medications in tablet and liquid form.
Since then, the drug has not been available for purchase over-the-counter or via prescription. This includes both brand name Zantac as well as many other ranitidine products from other drug manufacturers.
Since the recent findings indicating the public health risks associated with Zantac, many other countries have also issued various forms of recalls for the drug. Countries that have banned or restricted the distribution of the drug include Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, countries throughout the European Union (EU), and many others around the world.
Why Zantac Is Banned
On April 1, 2020, the FDA recalled Zantac because they confirmed findings that showed unsafe levels of NDMA in the drug. The independent drug testing company, Valisure, ran tests that found instability in the ranitidine molecule, a primary ingredient in the Zantac drug. Testing conducted by the FDA confirmed that ranitidine impurities can increase over time and when stored at room temperature, leading to potentially high levels of NDMA in the final product distributed to consumers.
With NDMA content at such high levels, it is reasonable to believe that the NDMA in Zantac can cause cancer or other health complications for people consuming it over time.
Ongoing Research and Legal Actions
Since these findings are still relatively new, the research into NDMA, Zantac, and its dangers are still in progress. Studies are ongoing, which means our knowledge on this topic may evolve. As this happens, additional countries may join the U.S. in limiting or banning Zantac and its generic ranitidine.
Additionally, while scientists and doctors are continuing with the medical research on this drug, lawyers are also working on learning more about Zantac, its impact, and how it affects the victims of the drug companies’ negligence every day.
Currently, major legal actions in Florida and across the country are in their early stages. If you or someone you love developed cancer after taking Zantac or ranitidine, you may be able to join a lawsuit or pursue a lawsuit individually in order to recover compensation for your losses.
What To Do if You Took Zantac
After learning about the potential dangers of Zantac, you may have many questions about how to take steps to protect your health and your legal rights. Consulting with your doctor and with an injury lawyer are two important steps you may want to consider.
Talk with Your Doctor
If you or someone you love has been taking Zantac or ranitidine, you should speak with your doctor. They can suggest alternatives to help you manage your stomach acid now that Zantac is off the market, and they can also evaluate you for any health concerns that may be related to NDMA and Zantac use.
Alternatives for managing your stomach acid symptoms range from medical interventions to lifestyle changes. Your doctor may recommend trying other medications, including other H2 blockers (the class of drug to which Zantac belongs) as well as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
They may also suggest lifestyle changes like adjusting your diet, exercise, and managing proper sleep schedules. Trying to eat less spicy and less fatty foods as well as limiting your caffeine and alcohol intake could be beneficial. Your doctor may recommend increasing certain foods while you restrict others–for example, it may be helpful to increase the intake of vegetables and lean meats.
In addition to recommending alternatives, your doctor can also evaluate you for any of the serious diseases that can be caused by a carcinogen like NDMA. Ask your doctor if you show signs of any of the following cancers that may be caused by NDMA exposure, including:
- Stomach cancer
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- And other cancers
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers Can Fight for Your Case
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with one of these diseases and you have a history of taking ranitidine, you may have a case to bring a lawsuit against the negligent drug companies who made this dangerous medication.
A Zantac lawsuit attorney from Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can explain your rights, elaborate on where Zantac is banned, and help you think through your next steps forward. If you qualify, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, or the loss of your loved one. Call a team member to learn more today at (855) 529-0269.