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Zantac is a commonly-used medication that may address conditions such as heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other issues that affect the digestive system. By reducing the production of stomach acid, Zantac may treat symptoms such as stomach pain, persistent coughing, or difficulty swallowing. However, Zantac and its generic equivalents were recalled in 2020 because they were found to contain a chemical that has been linked to cancer. Since Zantac was in regular use throughout the United States for multiple decades prior to the recall, millions of people may have been put at risk of serious harm when using this medication.

When large companies fail to take the proper steps to prevent injuries to consumers and members of the general public, they may be held liable for the harm people have suffered as a result. Our firm works to protect the rights and interests of people who have been injured by defective or dangerous medications. With our experience in mass torts and legal cases involving large numbers of injury victims, we can make sure our clients take the correct steps to hold a negligent drug manufacturer responsible for putting them at risk.

Potential Illnesses and Health Issues Related to Zantac Use

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of Zantac and other products containing the drug ranitidine, including both prescription and over-the-counter versions of these medications. This recall was performed due to the presence of the chemical N-nitrosodimethylamine, which is also known as NDMA. Researchers have found that the drugs had not been contaminated with NDMA; rather, ranitidine breaks down to form NDMA over time, especially at higher temperatures, although this can occur at room temperature as well.

Since Zantac and generic versions of the drug may have been exposed to fluctuating temperatures while on store shelves, while being transported by shipping companies or consumers, or while being kept in people's homes, there is no way to ensure that it is safe. The FDA has asked for all ranitidine products to be removed from stores, and it has advised consumers to stop taking any of these medications and dispose of any drugs in their possession.

NDMA is a contaminant that may be found in the environment, and it may occur naturally or because of industrial processes. It has been found in water and soil, as well as certain meats and vegetables. It had also been used in the past to make rocket fuel. While people may safely consume low levels of NDMA, higher amounts can be harmful to the body, leading to liver damage or other injuries. While the FDA has stated that 96 nanograms of NDMA is an acceptable level for medications, some researchers found that ranitidine products had NDMA levels as high as 47,600 nanograms.

NDMA has been linked to multiple forms of cancer, including:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Liver cancer

Contact Our Chicago Ranitidine Injury Lawyer

Zantac was a widely used drug for many years, and it was marketed as a safe treatment for digestive issues and recommended for use by medical professionals. Users of this medication who have contracted cancer or experienced related health issues will need to understand their options for addressing the ways they have been affected. Since large numbers of people are likely to have been affected, they may be able to pursue mass torts against manufacturers who allowed potentially dangerous medications to be sold to consumers. To learn how our firm can help you pursue compensation for injuries and illnesses related to Zantac, please contact us today at 866-553-9812 and set up a free consultation.

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