As one of the most popular heartburn medications on the market, Zantac has been used by millions of people worldwide to manage symptoms of acid reflux and indigestion. However, recent studies have revealed that the drug may increase the risk of certain types of cancer. In 2020, the FDA even ordered a recall of all Zantac products that contained ranitidine. This has led to a wave of lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi.
If you or a loved one has received a cancer diagnosis that could be linked to Zantac, it’s important to understand your legal options and seek the guidance of a qualified attorney.
The expert personal injury lawyers at Pond Lehocky Giordano LLP have a tremendous amount of experience handling cases that involve recalled drugs or otherwise dangerous pharmaceuticals. With over 100,000 cases won and more than 250 years of combined courtroom experience, we have the grit and acumen necessary to aid victims by helping them recover damages for current and future medical care.
You and your family deserve the ability to face the future with confidence. We will support you in your fight against insurance companies, major corporations, and opposing legal counsel by advocating on your behalf to maximize your compensation and secure your rights.
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How does the Zantac recall affect your lawsuit?
Zantac, also known by its generic name, ranitidine, is a medication that works by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. This can help alleviate symptoms of heartburn, acid reflux, and other digestive issues. The drug was available over-the-counter and by prescription for several decades and was considered safe when used as directed.
However, in November 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement warning that Zantac and other ranitidine-containing products may contain low levels of a cancer-causing substance called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is classified as a human carcinogen, meaning it has the potential to cause cancer in humans.
In April 2020, the FDA requested a manufacturer’s market recall of ranitidine (known more commonly by its brand name, Zantac), making them unavailable for over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription use. In their announcement, they noted that NDMA levels in some ranitidine products increased over time and with higher temperatures, posing a risk to consumers. They did not find any NDMA in similar products from other manufacturers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published conclusive evidence showing that NDMA can lead to gastric or colorectal cancer. The risks of NDMA are thoroughly proven and undeniable. If you have received a cancer diagnosis after using Zantac regularly, there is plenty of evidence to back up your claim. An experienced attorney will be able to draw on the plentiful litigation and literature that has already been published to build a strong case for you.
Cancer risks associated with Zantac
As stated, the use of Zantac has been linked to an increased risk of various types of cancer due to unacceptable levels of NDMA in the drug. This highly toxic substance can also be found in the environment due to the breakdown of certain chemicals like industrial waste, pesticides, and herbicides. In the case of Zantac, NDMA can be formed in the stomach when the drug interacts with stomach acid. Exposure to NDMA has been known to cause:
- Breast cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Gastric (stomach) cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Lung cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Thyroid cancer
NDMA exposure has also been linked to other health problems, such as liver damage, respiratory issues, and skin rashes. Symptoms of NDMA exposure may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, fever, headaches, and dizziness.
The risks associated with Zantac are particularly concerning for those who have used the drug for an extended period of time. Long-term use of Zantac has been linked to a higher risk of cancer and other health problems, as well as an increased risk of drug interactions and side effects.
How can a Zantac lawyer help you?
A Zantac lawyer can provide invaluable guidance and support to those affected by the drug’s harmful side effects. Here are just a few of the ways a qualified attorney can assist you:
- Gathering evidence: Your lawyer can investigate the circumstances of your case and gather evidence to support your claim. This may include medical records, pharmacy records, and other documentation related to your Zantac use and cancer diagnosis.
- Filing a lawsuit: Your lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf, seeking compensation for your damages. This may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
- Negotiating a settlement: In many cases, Zantac lawsuits are settled out of court. Your lawyer can negotiate with the drug’s manufacturer and their legal team to secure a fair settlement that meets your needs.
Frequently asked questions about Zantac lawsuits
What is the basis for Zantac lawsuits?
Zantac lawsuits are based on allegations that the drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi, and other companies were aware of the potential risks associated with the drug but failed to adequately warn consumers or recall the product in a timely manner.
How long do I have to file a Zantac lawsuit?
The time limit for filing a Zantac lawsuit, also known as the statute of limitations, varies by state. It’s important to speak with a qualified attorney as soon as possible to determine the deadline for filing your claim.
What damages could I recover from a Zantac lawsuit?
Because Zantac can lead to such serious health complications, you and your family could recover compensation for the many different ways these health complications could negatively impact your life. If your loved one passed away due to cancer caused by Zantac usage, you would still be able to recover damages with a wrongful death lawsuit. Other damages could include: medical costs, loss of earning capacity, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, and more.
How can I find a qualified Zantac lawyer?
There are many law firms that specialize in Zantac lawsuits and other types of personal injury cases. It’s important to do your research and choose a lawyer with experience handling similar cases, a track record of success, and a commitment to fighting for your rights.
Can I file a Zantac lawsuit on my own, or do I need a lawyer?
While it is possible to file a Zantac lawsuit on your own, it is generally not recommended. These types of cases can be complex and require a deep understanding of the legal system and the specific issues involved. A qualified Zantac lawyer can provide invaluable guidance and support throughout the legal process, helping to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
How long does a Zantac lawsuit typically take to resolve?
The length of time it takes to resolve a Zantac lawsuit can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the specific details of your case, the court system, and the availability of evidence. Some cases may be resolved through a settlement agreement within a matter of months, while others may take several years to reach a resolution.
Can I join a class action lawsuit instead of filing an individual claim?
Yes, it is possible to join a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of Zantac. A class action lawsuit allows a large group of people who have been harmed by the same product or issue to join together and file a single lawsuit. This can be a more efficient and cost-effective way to pursue compensation, but it’s important to speak with a qualified attorney to determine whether this is the best option for your specific circumstances.
What evidence is needed to support a Zantac lawsuit?
To support a Zantac lawsuit, your attorney will need to gather evidence that demonstrates the link between your use of the drug and your cancer diagnosis or other related health problems. This may include medical records, pharmacy records, expert testimony, and other documentation related to your use of Zantac.
How much does it cost to hire a Zantac lawyer?
Most Zantac lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means they only receive payment if you win your case. If you win, they will take a percentage of your settlement or jury award as their fee. The percentage may vary depending on the specifics of your case and the law firm you choose.
Can I still file a Zantac lawsuit if I have pre-existing health conditions?
Yes, individuals with pre-existing health conditions may still be eligible to file a Zantac lawsuit if they have been harmed by the drug’s side effects. It’s important to speak with a qualified attorney to determine whether you have a viable claim and to explore your legal options.
What to do if you have received a cancer diagnosis that may have been caused by Zantac
If you have received a cancer diagnosis and have used Zantac in the past, you may have a case against the drug manufacturer. To make sure you have the strongest case possible, you will want to be methodical about the steps you take as you move forward and pursue legal action.
Document your drug usage and health symptoms. Before you schedule your legal consultation, gather any medical documents or test results that may be relevant to your case. If you don’t have these, you can ask your doctor for copies. Attempt to remember and record when you used Zantac, how frequently you used it, and the range of time that you used it. This information will be incredibly useful for your legal team as they determine the strength of your case.
Write down any questions. You will likely have many questions about the legal process and how much your potential settlement from the Zantac lawsuit could amount to. Review past cases that involve Zantac and research the options for legal counsel that would best suit your needs.
Know your legal rights. As a consumer, laws in the United States protect you in certain ways when it comes to the drugs you can buy and use. Learning more about product liability and the pharmaceutical industry can help your upcoming conversations with potential legal counsel go more smoothly.
As you follow these steps, take plenty of notes – this can be an involved process for anyone who hasn’t undergone lengthy legal training. With a team of lawyers like ours at Pond Lehocky Giordano LLP, though, you would be in the right hands.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation
To help maximize your chances of recovering damages for the suffering you have experienced due to Zantac products, it’s critical to have an expert product liability legal team involved. Our pharmaceutical liability lawyers manage Zantac lawsuits in all 50 states. We offer free consultations with our attorneys so that we can help you better understand your legal options and the strength of your case. For more information, call Pond Lehocky Giordano LLP at 1-800-568-7500 or fill out our contact form today.