Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formally recalled all ranitidine products for their potentially dangerous levels of NDMA.
N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NMDA) refers to a carcinogen that may cause certain cancers in humans, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Some of the cancers NDMA may cause include:
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Digestive tract cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Gastric cancer
- Bladder cancer
If you or a loved one developed cancer after using a prescription or over-the-counter drug containing NDMA, you might be able to hold the drug manufacturer responsible for your medical and other expenses. You have the option to seek legal assistance from a lawyer if you have been diagnosed with one of the cancers that are linked to NDMA.
The Dangerous Health Risks of NDMA
According to Harvard Health, NDMA is both an environmental contaminant and a manufactured one. In the environment, people come into contact with NDMA when ingesting contaminated water and food. Testing and research from the ASTDR have shown NDMA in the environment to pose certain cancer risks, too.
People also come into contact with NDMA by taking certain over-the-counter and prescription medications that contain ranitidine for extended periods of time. Ranitidine classifies as a potential carcinogen (a cancer-causing agent) that poses a risk of cancer to humans after long-term use.
Potentially Dangerous Medications That Contain Ranitidine
When you take a prescription or over-the-counter medication, your goal is to feel better. When a medication does make you feel better, you take it, again, when the same ailment strikes. That is true for some of the men and women who suffer from the painful condition known as heartburn.
Medications that contain ranitidine include the popular Zantac and generic equivalents. Consumers can use either the cover-the-counter version or the prescription version to prevent heartburn and to relieve its painful symptoms after it has already started.
The more potent prescription version of ranitidine is often prescribed by physicians to treat more severe cases of heartburn as well as stomach and intestinal ulcers. Because patients with these conditions experience frequent flare-ups, they are likely to continue using these medications on a long-term basis, which increases the risk of danger.
How NDMA Effects Long-Term Medication Users
MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine states that repeated use of NDMA can contribute to health-adverse levels of the drug’s accumulation due to perceived impurities in some ranitidine-containing products. This accumulation can also occur because people believe the drug to be not only effective but safe.
Some manufacturers of these products and the retail stores that carry them have removed these products from consumer availability. FDA officials have also made the following recommendations as protective measures for consumers who regularly rely on heartburn and ulcer drugs:
- Stop use of ranitidine-containing products immediately.
- Dispose of any ranitidine already in their possession.
- Do not purchase other ranitidine-containing products.
- Seek alternative prescription and over-the-counter medications.
If you or someone you love relied on medications that contain ranitidine and have been diagnosed with one of the cancers that are linked to NDMA, you may be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation from the drug manufacturer.
Find Out If You Qualify To File an NDMA Lawsuit
A diagnosis of cancer is distressing on its own. Finding out the medication you trusted to treat the pain and discomfort of heartburn and ulcers could be linked to your cancer diagnosis only adds to your stress and confusion.
If you took Zantac or any other name brand or generic medication containing ranitidine and believe its long-term use caused you additional medical harm, you are not alone. Find out if you qualify for financial compensation as soon after your cancer diagnosis as possible.
Do not hesitate to hold the manufacturers of these dangerous drugs financially accountable for the damage their products caused. An insurance settlement or lawsuit may help you receive the financial recovery you deserve for the extensive medical treatments you required.
Seek Compensation From Drug Manufacturers
Consumers who relied on the safety of their medications may hold the drug manufacturers responsible for the adverse health effects they suffered. If you or someone you love took prescription or over-the-counter medications containing ranitidine, you might be eligible to seek financial compensation.
Our law firm is committed to consumer protection, and we do not shy away from tough cases. We are here to help consumers like you seek the financial compensation they deserve. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm by calling (800) 635-1144 today.