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Zantac Lawsuit

Zantac Lawsuit

The FDA is warning that some Zantac® (ranitidine) heartburn pills are contaminated with NDMA, a highly-toxic cancer-causing impurity.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Zantac induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or generic ranitidine, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Zantac® Recall

Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS Stop Selling Zantac

Zantac Recalls

Was Zantac recalled? In October 2019, GlaxoSmithKline recalled prescription-strength Zantac® pills (150-mg and 300-mg), injections, and a syrup. However, over-the-counter Zantac® (75-mg) has not been recalled because it is made by a different company.

Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens have suspended sales of Zantac® and medicines that contain generic ranitidine while the risk of cancer is under investigation.

There are also several recalls for generic Zantac (ranitidine) and products that contain ranitidine. Sandoz Inc. and Apotex Corp. recalled ranitidine in August 2019. Furthermore, Novartis has stopped distribution of their ranitidine products.

In the meantime, Valisure, the pharmacy that discovered carcinogens in brand-name Zantac and ranitidine, has submitted a formal recall petition to the FDA. Valisure is asking the FDA to recall Zantac and generic ranitidine medications that contain NDMA.

Lawyers File 2nd Zantac Class Action Lawsuit

Lawyers have filed a second Zantac class action lawsuit against Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelhei, accusing the drug-makers of intentionally hiding the cancer risks of Zantac. The lawsuit claims that a single 150-mg tablet of Zantac may react in the stomach to produce up to 26,000 times the FDA-approved limit of NDMA, a potent cancer-causing chemical.

Novartis Stops Shipping Generic Zantac

Novartis, the drug-maker for generic Zantac (ranitidine), said it will stop selling the medicine after investigations found that it contained a known carcinogen. The company did not issue a full recall, so generic Zantac remaining on store shelves can still be sold.

Zantac Tests Positive for NDMA Carcinogen

In September 2019, the FDA warned consumers and doctors that some Zantac® heartburn pills and generics were contaminated with a cancer-causing impurity called NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine).

List of Cancers Linked to NDMA

  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Testicular cancer

How Much NDMA is in Zantac?

Valisure tests detected NDMA levels as high as 3,000 micrograms in Zantac and generics. To put this level in perspective, the recalled blood-pressure drugs only had NDMA levels up to 17 micrograms, according to Bloomberg.

NDMA Blood-Pressure Drug Recalls

After recalls were issued for the blood-pressure drugs, the FDA set a limit of less than 1 microgram of NDMA for blood pressure drugs required all companies that make the drugs to test for NDMA.

The FDA has been investigating NDMA in blood pressure and heart failure medicines since 2018. Manufacturers in India and China have issued numerous recalls for valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan.

What is NDMA?

N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) is a highly toxic chemical impurity that is left over from the industrial processes used to make Zantac. NDMA is created when drug-makers reuse certain materials, such as solvents. NDMA is particularly harmful to the liver. People who were poisoned by NDMA have died of severe liver damage and internal bleeding.

Does NDMA Cause Cancer?

NDMA is known to cause cancer in animals and it is used by researchers for this purpose. Mice, rats, and other animals will develop liver cancer, lung cancer, or non-cancerous liver damage if they are fed NDMA for more than a few weeks. In pregnant animals, NDMA causes stillbirth and birth defects.

Because it is so toxic, there are no experimental studies in people. NDMA is classified as a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Is Zantac Safe?

NDMA is also a common environmental contaminant that is found in water and foods such as meats, dairy products, and vegetables. The FDA said the levels they are finding in Zantac from preliminary tests “barely exceed amounts you might expect to find in common foods.”

Zantac Cancer Lawsuits

Lawsuits may be filed by people who were diagnosed with cancer after using Zantac. In fact, Zantac lawsuits could be very similar to lawsuits involving Valsartan, a blood pressure drug that was recalled due to NDMA contamination. The lawsuits are consolidated into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in New Jersey, which is very similar to a class action lawsuit.

Do I have a Zantac Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Zantac induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or generic ranitidine, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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