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Zantac Lawsuit

zantac heartburn medicationIf you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with cancer (bladder, prostate, breast or another type) after taking Zantac, we recommend that you contact our firm immediately for a free consultation. We can determine if you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages through a Zantac lawsuit. The manufacturer faces more than 1,500 lawsuits as of October 15, 2021. 

Phillip Law Group’s defective drug attorneys are prepared to review your potential case at no cost, risk or obligation to you. If you have a case and decide to move forward, our legal team can guide you through the process. We have decades of experience recovering millions in compensation for Arizona residents, including a $23 million dollar settlement in a dangerous drug lawsuit. Founder Jeff Phillips is a member of the State Bar of Arizona.

Learn more about your possible legal options during a 100 percent free and confidential consultation. There are no upfront fees for our services. We are available 24/7 to discuss your situation. 

Give us a call at 1-800-706-3000 to see how we can help.

Do You Have a Case?

To find out if you can pursue legal action against the person or entity that caused you harm, you need a qualified attorney by your side. Each case is unique and complex, so our legal team will need to review the specifics of your situation to determine whether you may be eligible to file a Zantac lawsuit.

We are currently investigating claims related to individuals who developed various forms of cancer in recent years after taking Zantac, including but not limited to:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Intestinal Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer

Determining liability in defective drug cases can be very difficult. If we represent you, there are several questions we may need to consider as we investigate and build a case, including:

  • Was the drug defective in its design?
  • Was the drug known to be inherently dangerous?
  • Did the manufacturer know of the risks involved, but failed to warn consumers and doctors?
  • Did negligence play a role in you developing cancer?
  • Did you suffer other serious complications caused by taking this drug?

Those who took generic versions of Zantac may be unable to file a case, as the judge overseeing the Zantac multidistrict litigation (MDL) threw these claims out in July of 2021. The judge's decision likely influenced more than 1,400 claims that had been referred to the MDL. 

Even though the MDL is being managed in the Southern District of Florida, residents of other states may be able to file lawsuits and have them included in the MDL. 

Request a free consultation and case evaluation to see if you may be able to pursue monetary compensation through a lawsuit. We are ready to answer any questions you may have about the legal process.

Damages Available for Defective Drugs

After sustaining a serious injury or illness from a defective drug, you may be left with costly medical bills and feeling overwhelmed.

If you have a valid case, you may be able to pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered as a result of a dangerous drug. However, the amount and type of damages will depend on your individual circumstances. These could include compensation for economic and non-economic damages, such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Past lost wages
  • Future loss of earnings
  • Permanent or temporary disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

These are just some damages that may be available to victims of defective drugs. It is in your best interest to work with an experienced attorney, as proving the value of these losses and can be challenging. Our legal team can discuss your eligibility to pursue compensation in a free, no obligation consultation.

Complete our Free Case Evaluation form now.

What is Zantac?

Zantac, also known as ranitidine, belongs to a group of medicines called histamine-2 blockers that work to reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces. The drug is used to treat and relieve heartburn as well as  prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It also treats conditions that cause too much stomach acid, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Zantac is manufactured and marketed by Sanofi, a French multinational pharmaceutical company. The drug was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1983. About 15 million prescriptions are written annually for ranitidine, making it one of the top 50 most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S.

Dangers of Taking Zantac

Zantac has been linked to serious complications due to impurities in the drug. In September 2019, the FDA issued a warning to consumers and doctors about some ranitidine medicines that contain N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a probable human carcinogen.

A study conducted by Stanford University found that patients’ NDMA levels increased 400-fold.

A study that came out in December 2020 revealed that higher NDMA levels may be linked to the degradation of hydrochloride molecules, which may occur when the drug is ingested and heats up. In fact, the over-the-counter box for Zantac says the drug should be stored below 77 degrees. However, the drug was usually not transported in temperature-controlled settings. 

An article published in JAMA revealed that Zantac contains a high concentration of NDMA when combined with gastric fluid. After just two hours, a 150 mg tablet of Zantac has 947 nanograms of NDMA. What makes the situation worse is that users were encouraged to take the drug after eating nitrate-rich foods. NDMA develops more quickly when Zantac is consumed with nitrates.    

NDMA has also been found in other over-the-counter heartburn drugs and a number of blood pressure medications, such as Valsartan, which has raised serious concerns about these medications’ safety.

The FDA advised patients who regularly take Zantac to speak with their health care professionals about alternative treatments.

A voluntary recall of 14 lots of the drug was issued soon after the FDA’s warning in September 2019.

Zantac Lawsuits Filed

As of October 15, 2021, there were 1,573 actions pending in the Zantac MDL. Bellwether trials likely will not start until 2023, as there are several things that need to happen before these trials can begin.

Bellwether trials are used to determine how the other cases in an MDL are likely to proceed. They allow both sides to determine the strength of their cases. Sometimes both parties in an MDL agree on a settlement after a few bellwether trials have concluded.  

The MDL was created in February 2020. Since then, around 1,400 plaintiffs either filed lawsuits in the Southern District of Florida or had their lawsuits transferred to this district to be part of the MDL.

The lawsuits in the MDL make various allegations against the manufacturer of Zantac, including:

  • Misrepresenting the drug as a safe and effective remedy for common ailments 
  • Failing to disclose the presence of cancer-causing impurities
  • Failing to warn consumers and doctors about the known risks of the drug
  • Manufacturing and distributing a defective and dangerous drug

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Call Us to Discuss a Possible Lawsuit

Have you or a loved one developed cancer after taking Zantac?

If so, please contact a defective drug lawyer at Phillips Law Group as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. You may qualify to file a Zantac lawsuit and pursue financial compensation for your losses.

We offer free consultations without any risk or obligation to seek legal action. Get in touch with us 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no upfront fees for our services unless we help you recover compensation.

Our office is conveniently located just minutes from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Call 1-800-706-3000 now for our free consultation.

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