Zantac is a popular medication used to treat stomach problems. However, the FDA issued a voluntary recall of Zantac because its active ingredient, ranitidine, can break down into NDMA (a possible carcinogen). Because of the health risks, Zantac was recalled and most retailers complied with the recall. It is still possible to buy Zantac wherever it is available, but it is hard to find it where Zantac is banned. It is not legally banned in the United States, but it is removed from the market except in special cases and conditions.
Zantac is banned by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration because of its possible health risks. The FDA found that over time, ranitidine naturally breaks down into NDMA, a chemical that likely causes cancer in humans. While the product was never designed to include NDMA, it is still dangerous for people to continue to take Zantac.
The FDA issued a voluntary recall on Zantac and other ranitidine products, which amounts to a soft ban. It is not outright illegal to produce and sell Zantac, but it is recommended that patients avoid Zantac as much as possible. A voluntary recall makes participation optional for manufacturers and retailers. Fortunately, most retailers complied with the recall and removed Zantac from their shelves. The manufacturer stopped producing Zantac as well, making it harder to come by on the market.
Steps You Can Take After Taking Zantac
If you took Zantac and you think you developed a medical condition because of it, there are several steps that you should take to address the problem. The steps that you follow may vary slightly based on your physician and condition. The steps you should try to follow are:
- Contact your Doctor: Start by contacting your doctor to see what your medical options are for treatment and to stop taking Zantac.
- Transition off of Zantac: If possible, begin the transition to another medication with your doctor’s help. There are many alternatives available to help you with the symptoms that Zantac treats.
- Seek treatment for your conditions: If you developed a medical condition from taking Zantac, then seek medical attention for it. The conditions that Zantac can cause will lead to more serious outcomes.
- Keep detailed records of expenses: Throughout the entire process, keep detailed records on the expenses and actions that you took after taking Zantac. These records will come in handy later.
- Consult a lawyer: Speak to a lawyer regarding your options. A lawyer can help you understand the specifics of your case and how you can seek compensation.
There are other steps that you can take that are not covered on this list. Seeking medical attention for your condition is the most important step that you can take. Early detection, prevention, and intervention are the keys to mitigating the effects of these medical problems. Once you are able to safely, consult a lawyer about your experience to see if you have a case.
Possibly Recoverable Compensation
Having expenses related to a medical condition can be expensive to address. Most people do not have the resources saved to deal with unexpected expenses, which can compromise their finances. If this happens to you, then you may be able to seek compensation for the manufacturer of the medication that caused your injuries.
There are several types of recoverable compensation. Medical expenses are one of the most common types of compensation sought in personal injury lawsuits. This is because the expenses tend to be the most significant expense that people have after an injury. Nearly any medical expense can be recovered as long as it is related to your injuries. Specific documentation will be needed to prove this in court.
Another common type of compensation is lost wages. Having a medical injury can stop you from working. The time that you miss at work reduces the amount that you earn and complicates your financial situation. You can try to recover compensation for the wages that you were not able to earn because of your injury, which should help ease some of your financial burdens.
There are other types of compensation that can be sought in a personal injury lawsuit. Most of the expenses that you have can be recovered if your lawyer can prove that the loss is related to your injury. This is why it is important to keep detailed notes as you seek help for your condition.
Call Us to Discuss the Details of Your Potential Case
Harvard and other organizations are providing detailed information on the developments in the Zantac case as new information becomes available. If you or a loved one suffered injuries by taking Zantac, then it is important that you stay advised of the situation and consult a lawyer to see how to proceed. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to speak to our legal team about your case.