The countries Zantac has been recalled in include the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the countries throughout the European Union. The Zantac recall started when Adam Clark-Joseph, the co-founder of Valisure pharmacy, ordered a ranitidine syrup for his infant daughter. The Valisure pharmacy always tested every batch of drugs it sells for impurities, and therefore, this batch of ranitidine (which is the drug in the over-the-counter brand name Zantac) was extensively tested as well.
The Valisure pharmacy discovered that ranitidine tested positive for N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a known carcinogen. They continued to test other formulations of ranitidine from other manufacturers and found them all to test positive for NDMA. Originally, the testing methods of Valisure came under great scrutiny, however, after additional testing, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the decision to completely recall Zantac from the marketplace.
Zantac Manufacturer Recalls
Many manufacturers of Zantac recalled their Zantac drug prior to the official Food and Drug Administration recall. These manufacturers existed throughout the world and included the following companies:
- American Health Packaging
- Amneal Pharmaceuticals
- Aurobindo Pharma USA
- Apotex Corp. (this includes generics of Zantac sold by Walgreens, Walmart, and Rite-Aid)
- Appco Pharma
- Denton Pharma (dba Northwind Pharmaceuticals)
- Reddy’s Laboratories (this includes generics of Zantac sold by Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Target, and Kroger)
- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
- Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
- Golden State Medical Supply
- Lannett Company
- Novitium Pharma
- Perrigo Company
- Precision Dose
Later, other manufacturers throughout the world and countries recalled their Zantac products or products containing ranitidine including Alphapharm, Symbion, Cipla Australia, Generic Health, Nova Pharmaceuticals Australasia, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., and Arrow Pharm among others according to the Australian Government Department of Health. Ultimately, almost all manufacturers throughout the world pulled their Zantac medications as the medication showed a substantial link to a known carcinogen. Almost all countries released some sort of press release that indicated that Zantac would receive a recall such as the one released by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
United States Pharmaceutical Retailers
Many pharmaceutical retailers in the United States allowed consumers to return their packages of Zantac due to the recall in America. Many of these retailers such as CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Sam’s Club, and Rite Aid would allow a customer to return the Zantac for a monetary refund or for an exchange for a different type of acid-reducing medication such as Pepcid, Nexium, or Prilosec. If you purchased Zantac at a pharmaceutical retailer, contact their store directly to determine what their company policy is regarding monetary refunds for Zantac purchases, or if you will have the opportunity to exchange it for a different medication.
Zantac and Cancer Lawsuits
In many countries throughout the world, if you developed cancer after taking Zantac or certain ranitidine-containing medications, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the Zantac manufacturer for compensation.
United States Lawsuits
Recently, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in MDL No. 2924 on February 6, 2020 consolidated 140 cases relating to cancer and Zantac in the Southern District of Florida under U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg. However, this is not the only litigation occurring in the United States, and any person that feels they suffered injuries as a result of taking Zantac should consider visiting with an attorney to see if they may qualify for compensation for their injuries and losses.
According to the Consumer Law Group of Canada, a Canadian class-action lawsuit developed against the Zantac manufacturers Sanofi, Sandoz, Pharmascience, GlaxoSmithKline, Apotex, Sanis Health, Pro Doc, and Sivem Pharmaceuticals.
What To Do if You Took Zantac
If you took Zantac anywhere in the world, and developed any form of cancer or liver disease or kidney disease, you should visit with your healthcare provider regarding the best course of action for your health. If you did not develop any of these conditions, but still continue to struggle with heartburn or acid reflux symptoms, you should consult with a medical professional regarding the best medications for your particular condition.
How a Zantac Ranitidine Cancer Lawyer Can Help
Zantac is now recalled in many countries, and almost all manufacturers of Zantac products ceased production of this medicine throughout the world. If you developed a serious medical condition related to your liver or kidneys, or some form of cancer as a result of taking Zantac, you may have the legal right to compensation for your bills and losses. Consider speaking with our legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800)-794-0444. We can help you understand how a Zantac ranitidine cancer lawyer can assist you with your Zantac case and help you understand your legal rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.