You know the feeling all too well. The burning in your chest and the bitter taste in your mouth are symptoms of heartburn. You, like millions of other Americans, may turn to over-the-counter or prescription medications to treat your symptoms, to bring you comfort, and to prevent any long-term complications from frequent heartburn.
Zantac Is One Heartburn Treatment Option
In 1984, Zantac® was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat heartburn. Prescription Zantac and other ranitidine medications may also treat ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Zantac and ranitidine belong to a class of drugs known as histamine-2 blockers. They work by decreasing the amount of acid in your stomach. According to Zantac’s website, the medication can begin working in as little as 30 minutes and provide up to 12 hours of relief.
FDA Ranitidine Recalls
In September 2019, the FDA warned the public that some Zantac and other ranitidine medicines contained low levels of a probable human carcinogen known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).
In the past, NDMA was used in rocket fuel. Today, it is only used for research in the United States, but it is also an unintended byproduct of industrial sources that can contaminate groundwater and medications during the manufacturing process.
Soon after the FDA announced possible NDMA contamination of some ranitidine medications, other countries such as Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland stopped distributing these drugs.
The FDA did not stop distribution but instead advised pharmaceutical companies to recall heartburn medications if NDMA exceeds the acceptable daily intake, which is defined as 96 nanograms per day, or 0.32 parts per million in ranitidine.
As part of its investigation, the FDA is conducting laboratory testing to determine the levels of NDMA in certain lots of ranitidine products made by the following manufacturers:
- Sanofi Pharmaceutical
- Cardinal Health
- Strides Shasun Ltd
- Dr. Reddy’s
- Sandoz (owned by Novartis)
- Ajanta Pharma USA Inc
- Silarx Pharma
- Pharma Associates
- Amneal Pharmaceuticals
As of November 10, 2019, the following ranitidine medications have been recalled because they may contain unacceptable levels of NDMA:
- Over-the-counter ranitidine tablets (150 mg) made by Aurobindo Pharma USA
- Prescription ranitidine capsules (150 mg and 300 mg) made by Aurobindo Pharma USA
- Prescription ranitidine syrup (150 mg/mL) made by Aurobindo Pharma USA
- Ranitidine Liquid Unit Dose Cups made by American Health Packaging
- Ranitidine Hydrochloride Capsules (150 mg and 300 mg) made by Novitium Pharma
- Ranitidine Syrup (Ranitidine Oral Solution, USP), 15mg/mL made by Lannett Company, Inc.
- Ranitidine Tablets & Capsules made by Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Ltd.
- Zantac 150, Zantac 150 Cool Mint, Zantac 75 (OTC Products) made by Sanofi
- Ranitidine (all pack sizes) made by Perrigo Company
- Ranitidine Tablets 75mg and 150mg made by Apotex Corp.
- Ranitidine Hydrochloride Capsules made by Sandoz Corp.
Stores should have stopped selling these medications, but you could still have ranitidine medication in your home and not know about the recall.
Zantac Linked to Cancer
Zantac and ranitidine medications with high NDMA levels have been linked to a variety of cancers, including:
- Stomach cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Small intestine cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Colon cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Multiple myelomas
If you used Zantac or another H2 blocker for at least 60 days and you developed any of these cancers, we encourage you to talk to a Zantac cancer lawyer about your possible recovery.
Zantac Cancer Compensation
A successful Zantac cancer lawsuit could result in compensation for all of the costs associated with your Zantac injury including, past and future:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Punitive damages may also be awarded in some Zantac lawsuits.
Contact a Zantac Cancer Lawyer Today
Zantac cancer lawsuits are still at the beginning stages. To discuss whether you may have a Zantac cancer injury lawsuit or whether you may join a Zantac class action lawsuit, please contact the experienced drug injury lawyers of Gray and White Law.
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