In case you haven’t heard, the heartburn medicine Zantac has been linked to cancer. Zantac was prescribed to not just relieve heartburn symptoms but to treat the condition overall. Studies done in 2018 confirmed that Zantac caused a huge increase in the carcinogenic chemical NDMA (nitrosodimethylamine) in its users. In September 2019, the Food and Drug Administration released a statement saying there was limited concern about high levels of the carcinogen being found in Zantac users. However, Sandoz, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Zantac, recalled the drug ranitidine anyway immediately after. (Ranitidine is the active ingredient in Zantac.) This is when the Zantac lawsuits began.
At this point, Zantac and the generic versions of ranitidine were pulled off the shelves at Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS pharmacies, including over-the-counter versions of the antacid. The official FDA recall of Zantac did not begin until April 1, 2020. By then, the FDA had been able to more clearly link the drug, through their own research, to increased levels of NDMA. The observed increase was even greater when Zantac had been made with older ranitidine. It was even greater still when the Zantac was allowed to reach high temperatures (i.e., the temperature it would have no doubt reached in the back of a semi-truck on the road to your local pharmacy).
Heartburn is a burning pain in your chest caused by stomach acid rising up into your esophagus. The pain can range from mild discomfort to pseudo-heart attack. Heartburn often happens after eating, when laying down, or late in the evening. Heartburn is caused by stress, eating acidic food, or a medical condition.
In 1983, Zantac was approved to treat ulcers in over 30 countries. In its almost forty-year history, Zantac accumulated some impressive and interesting numbers.
If you used Zantac, whether you were later diagnosed with cancer or not, you have rights. There are class-action lawsuits against the manufacturers of Zantac in a variety of states. If you were diagnosed with cancer relating to your Zantac use, please reach out to Malman Law’s Zantac lawsuit attorneys today.