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Fighting for You After NDMA Exposure and Cancer Diagnoses

Zantac was first linked to N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) on September 9, 2019. NDMA is a probable human carcinogen, which means it is a substance that may cause cancer. After the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) completed an extensive investigation, the federal organization asked manufacturers to withdraw Zantac and its generic versions from the market. As of April 1, 2020, the FDA is encouraging consumers to safely dispose of any pills or tablets they have left and not buy more.

But what about those who have been taking Zantac? Well, if you’ve been taking the defective drug for one (1) year or more, Joel E. Brown, Attorney at Law may be able to help. And if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, we want to talk to you as soon as possible.

For a better understanding of your legal rights and the compensation you may be entitled to, please call us at (309) 271-1118 today.

What Is Zantac (Ranitidine)?

Zantac is an H2 (histamine-2) blocker used to prevent and treat heartburn. The brand-name drug is manufactured by Sanofi and uses the active ingredient, ranitidine. Zantac is widely available over the counter (OTC), and prescription-strength ranitidine can be used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines.

In particular, Zantac is a wildly popular OTC heartburn medication. It has been on the market since 1986 and was the first medication to surpass $1 billion in annual sales. Unfortunately, an independent online pharmacy discovered that Zantac and other ranitidine drugs were contaminated with “extremely high levels of NDMA.”

What is NDMA?

NDMA, or N-Nitrosodimethylamine, is an environmental contaminant found in water, dairy products, vegetables, grilled meats, and other foods. In small doses, NDMA is largely harmless and exposure is unavoidable. In large doses, however, the toxic substance can build up in the human body and lead to cancer and other diseases.

To account for the harms of excessive NDMA exposure, the FDA set a daily limit. The average human can consume up to 0.096 micrograms of NDMA per day without experiencing adverse health effects. If they consume more, though, they could increase their risk for cancer and other ailments.

During laboratory testing, the FDA found that Zantac and other ranitidine medications exceeded this daily limit, with levels of NDMA reaching 0.86 micrograms per dose.

In October, drugmaker Sanofi issued a voluntary recall of Zantac OTC, but by then, many consumers had already been affected.

If you’ve been exposed to large amounts of NDMA by Zantac or a similar product, our Peoria Zantac attorney can help.

Lawsuits Are Already Underway

On January 3, 2020, a New Jersey woman filed a complaint against Sanofi and other ranitidine manufacturers, claiming that Zantac and other drugs exposed her to NDMA and caused her esophageal cancer. The woman took one or more 75 mg tablet every day for several years and claims she would not have purchased, nor ingested Zantac had she known about the unsafe quantities of NDMA and the risk for esophageal cancer.

Similarly, on January 7, a Florida woman filed suit against Sanofi, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and Boehringer Ingelheim, claiming that drugmakers knew of the NDMA levels and cancer risks associated with their products and failed to warn consumers. This woman was diagnosed with colon cancer due to exposure to high levels of NDMA after taking Zantac.

Her lawsuit states:

NDMA is a potent carcinogen. It used to be a chemical biproduct of making rocket fuel in the early 1900s but, today, its only use is to induce tumors in animals as part of laboratory experiments. Its only function is to cause cancer. It has no business being in a human body.”

Have you been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or another ranitidine medication? If so, please contact Joel E. Brown, Attorney at Law immediately.

Why Choose Our Firm?

At Joel E. Brown, Attorney at Law, we are selective with the cases we take, so we can provide you with the focused attention and personalized representation you deserve. Attorney Brown has over 25 years of relevant experience and has successfully litigated defective drug claims in the past. If you are looking for a skilled, honest, and resourceful legal team to handle your Zantac lawsuit, look no further than our firm.

We will be committed to you, every step of the way.

Call us at (309) 271-1118 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation and get started today.

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