On April 01, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that all manufacturers of over-the-counter ranitidine drugs, remove the product from the market. The request comes as a result of an ongoing investigation of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a contaminant in ranitidine medications, such as Zantac.
The FDA discovered that, when stored in environments that are warmer than room temperature, ranitidine products can release high levels of NDMA that are hazardous to humans. Consequently, ranitidine products such as Zantac will no longer be available for purchase or consumption in the U.S.
Call (215) 642-2335 for a free case review with Cordisco & Saile LLC. Our Zantac lawyer in Philadelphia can help you find justice and pursue compensation for your losses.
NDMA-Based Products May Cause Cancer
A study performed by Valisure, an online pharmacy, revealed that Zantac and ranitidine products contain toxic levels of NDMA that can cause cancer. According to the FDA, a daily dosage of 96 nanograms or less is safe to consume. However, a Zantac pill may contain as millions of nanograms of NDMA, which can lead to cancer in several areas of the body.
Cancers that may be most closely linked to Zantac include:
The amount of NDMA exceeds the daily limit. As such, it is potentially dangerous. The manufacturers of Zantac and similar ranitidine-based products have recalled the product and pulled it off the shelves due to the dangerously high levels of NDMA found in the medication.
Additional Health Problems Related to NDMA
In addition to cancer, NDMA has also been linked to other health problems such as:
- Liver failure
- Nervous system disorders
- Vitamin B-12 deficiency
Symptoms associated with these and other NDMA-related conditions include abdominal cramps, dizziness, poor kidney or lung function, vomiting, nausea, fever, and headache. You may also have an enlarged or damaged liver. If you experience any of these problems after taking Zantac or a similar ranitidine product, contact your doctor immediately for an exam.
Should You Stop Taking Zantac
In 2019, the FDA informed the public of the potential risks associated with Zantac but recommended that individuals consult their physician before they stop taking the medication. However, in the latest 2020 report, the FDA sent letters to all manufacturers of ranitidine requesting that they pull the medication from the shelves.
In addition, the FDA has also advised consumers to stop taking any NDMA-based product, generic ranitidine product, or Zantac. Individuals talk to their doctors about safer alternatives. In addition, anyone taking Zantac may want to undergo an examination to determine if they have suffered from taking Zantac or similar products.
Last, the FDA also encourages all medical professionals and patients to report adverse reactions or health problems associated with Zantac.
You May Qualify To File a Lawsuit for Your Condition
If you take Zantac and have experienced side effects from the medication, you may qualify to receive compensation for your medical condition, as well as other damages that you have incurred. Currently, other lawsuits are pending against manufacturers of NDMA-based products such as Zantac and its generic equivalent, ranitidine.
The Zantac lawyer in Philadelphia at Cordisco & Saile LLC is providing legal representation for clients who have been negatively impacted by Zantac. We can investigate your claim to assess the extent of the damages and what direction we can take with your case. Contact our law firm at (215) 642-2335 to find out if you qualify to file a lawsuit for your condition.
Damages You May Claim in a Zantac Lawsuit
Zantac can cause severe terminal medical conditions, causing you to pay hundreds of dollars for treatment. Consequently, it can have a negative effect on several areas of your life. Therefore, you may be able to claim damages such as:
If you have cancer or another serious condition, you may have to pay-out-pocket for ongoing treatment, medical procedures, exams, pain medication, or doctor visits. Treatment for terminal medical conditions can cost you thousands of dollars over a period of several years.
Diminished Earning Capacity
If you have suffered a severe illness due to the effects of Zantac, you may no longer be able to work. As a result, you have lost considerable income, benefits, and possibly retirement. You may qualify to receive disability or compensation for diminished earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
Cancer, liver damage, and nervous system disorders can all cause significant physical pain and emotional distress. You may suffer from anxiety, depression, and ongoing agony. If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Having a terminal condition can lead to loss of consortium, loss of parental support, or overall decline in the quality of your life. You may no longer be able to enjoy some of the activities or relationships that you used to.
Proving Liability in Your Zantac Case
Numerous reports have circulated about the risks of NDMA in Zantac and other drugs. However, manufacturers have continued to make Zantac and put it on the market.
Therefore, it is possible that these companies knew about the dangers but chose to ignore them. If so, they may be liable for your damages. However, to win your case, you must prove that there is a connection between taking Zantac and your current medical condition.
Our lawyers can help you establish liability by exploring evidence of how Zantac has affected your health. Evidence may include:
- Receipt of purchase
- Medical diagnosis and reports
- Past studies of the effects of Zantac
- Medical expert testimony
We can obtain evidence that clearly demonstrates the correlation between Zantac and your current medical condition. We can use that evidence to build your case and to hold the manufacturer liable for your damages.
Hire a Zantac Lawyer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Victims of Zantac have begun filing lawsuits across Philadelphia and the U.S. You may also be eligible to file a lawsuit if you believe that your current illness is linked to the drug. Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC to learn more about your legal options. Call (215) 642-2335 for a free case review. A Zantac lawyer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is here to help.