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What Is NDMA?

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What Is NDMA?

What Is NDMA?

The current media coverage regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) market withdrawal of the common heartburn medication Zantac has been extensive – exactly because this withdrawal has such important health implications. The crux of the matter is that the contaminate N-Nitrosodimethylamine – or NDMA – has been identified in Zantac (and other ranitidine products). NDMA is deemed a probable carcinogen by both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC), which elevates the matter to a level of serious importance and legal consideration.


N-Nitrosodimethylamine is a chemical that’s found in both natural and chemical processes, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also classifies it as a probable carcinogen, which means a cancer-causing chemical. Research out of Stanford University finds that enzymes in the human body likely react with Zantac and other ranitidine products to create the NDMA. The fact that people who regularly take Zantac tend to exhibit high levels of NDMA in their urine leads to the probability that the NDMA is a byproduct of the medication.


Zantac is a popular name-brand ranitidine product that many people have been taking regularly for years to treat heartburn, ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and similar health conditions. Because the levels of NDMA in our wastewater is continuing to rise, research has been focusing on common medications, and pharmacies – as a result – have been on high alert regarding the drugs they dispense. In fact, common blood pressure medications were the first drugs implicated in the NDMA findings.

Making the Connection

While the FDA withdrew Zantac in April of 2020, the online pharmacy Valisure identified DMF (a solvent that can form contaminants such as NDMA) in the spring of 2019 during the course of routine quality testing of the drugs it sells. Valisure found that there were consistently high levels of NDMA across all ranitidine products in all lots. With this finding, several major drugstore chains pulled all Zantac and other popular ranitidine medications from their shelves – many months before the FDA announced its own market withdrawal.

Commonly Associated Cancers

If you or someone you love regularly took Zantac or another ranitidine product and later developed cancer, an experienced drug injury attorney may be able to help.

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A chemical in Zantac is linked to cancer, and if you’ve been a regular user of the medication who later developed cancer, you may have legal recourse available to you. Consulting with a formidable drug injury attorney who has taken on drug companies and prevailed can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled and that you need to reach your fullest recovery. Don’t delay seeking experienced legal counsel.

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