In June 2019, the cancer-causing chemical N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was discovered in Zantac through research done by the Valisure laboratory.
As indicated in the research done by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, NDMA is a chemical produced in the United States originally intended for rocket fuel, and not for public consumption. After continued production of this chemical showed that high levels existed in and throughout the surrounding areas of air, water, and soil near rocket fuel manufacturing plants, all production immediately ceased in order to protect anyone in those areas.
While NDMA can occur through production, it may also form under certain circumstances with specific chemical reasons, both man-made and natural. For example, when the ranitidine drug and the DDAH-1 enzyme of a person combine, it may also create NDMA. However, NDMA occurs, whether naturally or man-made, it is always considered a carcinogen capable of causing certain types of cancer.
Zantac and NDMA
Zantac is the commonly-known brand name of the over-the-counter medication known as ranitidine. Ranitidine is a drug also found in many other types of generic medications or other brand names. For many years, millions of Americans took this drug for relief of heartburn, acid reflux, and other gastrointestinal issues. As recent research illustrated that ranitidine combines with human enzymes to form NDMA, there was originally a voluntary recall implemented by certain drug companies making medications containing ranitidine. The companies that voluntarily recalled the ranitidine medications were Appco Pharma LLC, Northwind Pharmaceutical, and Sanofi Pharmaceutical.
However, as the evidence continued to mount regarding the direct connection between Zantac and NDMA, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recalled all medications containing ranitidine (including Zantac) from the shelves throughout the United States. Currently, no ranitidine is legally sold in any store throughout the United States. The FDA testing confirmed the research done by Valisure laboratory and also determined that ranitidine not only combines with human enzymes to create NDMA, but also combines with itself over long periods of time to create the NDMA carcinogen.
Zantac and Cancer
Clearly, the most concerning aspect of NDMA within products containing ranitidine is the fact that NDMA has the classification as a carcinogen. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies NDMA as a likely human carcinogen as does the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. With the recent discovery of NDMA in Zantac and other medications containing ranitidine, many patients that took these types of drugs for years may have legitimate concerns as to whether or not they will develop cancer or other medical complications. While the World Health Organization has research that clearly links continued exposure to large amounts of NDMA resulting in kidney, gastric, and colorectal cancers, the new development of NDMA appearing in ranitidine-containing medications is still under serious investigation. Specifically, research from Harvard Medical School does conclude that the exposure to NDMA over long periods of time in high doses may result in certain types of cancer.
What To Do if You Took Zantac
Stores in the United States no longer carry any type of medication containing ranitidine, including Zantac. If you still have Zantac in your home, or if you still need some type of acid-reducing medication to relieve heartburn or sour stomach, you should visit with your physician. Additionally, you should visit the FDA’s website to correctly dispose of any medication you currently have in your home. While Zantac and other forms of ranitidine are currently recalled, your physician will have other types of medication available that may help you with any heartburn or medical issues you may still continue to have.
What To Do if You Have Cancer
If you discover that you developed any type of cancer following taking Zantac or other medications containing ranitidine, you should always take the advice of your physician. Certain types of cancer including liver, renal, gastric, stomach, and bladder cancer may have a connection to ranitidine usage in large doses over long periods of time. If you developed any of these types of cancers while taking Zantac, you may have the right to compensation for your injuries. A Zantac ranitidine cancer lawyer may help you determine whether or not in your specific set of facts and circumstances you have a valid claim against the manufacturer Zantac, or any other type of ranitidine medication.
A Zantac Ranitidine Cancer Lawyer Can Help
If you took Zantac, or any other type of medication that contained the drug ranitidine, you possibly developed serious medical complications or cancer due to the discovery of NDMA in Zantac and other similar medications. Consider visiting with our legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 635-1144 to help you understand your legal rights and how a Zantac ranitidine cancer lawyer can help you with your case. Contact us today for a free consultation and to help you understand your legal options.