You should talk to your doctor if you used to take Zantac. The effects on your health may make you eligible for possible compensation.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) requested that retailers remove the drug due to unacceptable levels of N-nitroso dimethylamine (NDMA) that develop during storage of the drug. The recall includes both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) products.
Talking with your doctors about your Zantac use is the best way to learn about the associated risks and the possible impact on your health. If you receive a medical diagnosis connected to this recalled drug, you may also have options for legal action.
Why the FDA Requested Retailers Remove Zantac from Shelves
The FDA requested the removal of Zantac—also known by its generic name ranitidine—from shelves immediately because the drug contains N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). An environmental contaminant, NDMA may cause cancer if used in high doses over a long period of time, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR).
Harvard Health lists NDMA as a probable human carcinogen. You can find it in such items as dairy products and vegetables. The FDA states that low levels of NDMA and minimal exposure are often not a threat. It is the long term shelve life of Zantac that can cause NDMA levels to rise, increasing the risk to your health.
The Danger of Increased NDMA From Zantac Over Time
The FDA based its decision upon research that indicates NDMA levels increase in the drug over time and at higher than room temperatures. FDA testing shows that NDMA levels can increase under normal storage conditions. The older the product, the higher the chances of increased exposure to the dangerous carcinogen.
In addition to retailers, the FDA requests that manufacturers withdraw their products from the market. Research is ongoing; however, manufacturers and retailers who fail to abide by the FDA recommendations place you at risk for exposure to NDMA.
The desire for profits should never affect the health of consumers. Your long-term use of Zantac possibly helped your heartburn yet placed you at risk for developing cancer.
The dangers associated with Zantac and NDMA are well-known, and some retailers removed the drug from their shelves. If you used Zantac and now have concerns regarding your health, speak with your doctor without delay.
Your Options After a Cancer Diagnosis
If you suffered from frequent heartburn in the past, you should talk to your doctor if you used to take Zantac. They can help you determine if your use of the drug exposed you to NDMA and help you take important next steps for your health.
A cancer diagnosis tied to the use of Zantac may qualify you for a personal injury claim. Depending upon your case, you may be entitled to joining a class-action lawsuit. Each case is different, and depending upon the details of your case, you may be entitled to such compensation as:
- Medical costs.
- Lost wages.
- Pain and suffering.
According to the most recent data from the National Cancer Institute, more than one million people receive a cancer diagnosis each year. More than 600,000 patients in the United States die from the disease.
If a close loved one died from cancer related to their use of Zantac, you may be entitled to a wrongful death lawsuit. A financial award for damages cannot replace your loved one—it can, however, serve as justice on their behalf and ease your financial stress.
For a free legal consultation with a Should I Talk to My Doctor if I Used to Take Zantac? Lawyer serving nationwide, call (800) 635-1144
Get Help From Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Now
Our firm can help you through this difficult time. A serious health diagnosis is upsetting, and your concern about your medical bills is understandable. Let Pintas & Mullins Law Firm protect your best interests against large corporations who failed to yield to federal recommendations regarding Zantac.
At Pinas & Mullins Law Firm, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means you owe us nothing up front. We only collect our fee if we win your case.
If you recently were diagnosed with a form of cancer possibly tied to your use of Zantac, contact us. The time allowed for pursuing civil action depends upon the laws in your state. The sooner we receive your case, the sooner we can review your medical records and other important evidence.
Call Pintas & Mullins now for a free case evaluation by dialing (800) 635-1144.