People who took Zantac® for heartburn relief, ulcers, or GERD and develop cancer are filing Zantac injury lawsuits. Of course, not everyone who took Zantac and got cancer can pursue a successful Zantac case. Many people take Zantac and develop cancer that is not caused by Zantac use. However, some people develop cancer because of their Zantac exposure, and it’s these people who can file successful Zantac lawsuits.
Zantac Cancer Risks
Zantac allegedly contained dangerous levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is a known carcinogen. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permits a daily NDMA intake of just 96 nanograms. Yet, each Zantac pill could contain as much as 3 million nanograms of NDMA.
These high levels of NDMA could cause many different types of cancer, including but not limited to:
- Brain cancer
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Gallbladder cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Drugmakers allegedly knew that Zantac and other forms of ranitidine medication could contain dangerous NDMA levels. Various publications reportedly discussed the risk from 1982 to 2019. Yet, Sanofi, Boehringer Ingelheim, and other drug manufacturers failed to warn patients about the risks. Cancer was not included as a possible side effect on the drug’s warning label or insert. Accordingly, patients were deprived of the information they needed to make an informed decision about whether to take Zantac or another heartburn medication, and many patients unknowingly took the risk and developed cancer.
Eligibility to File a Zantac Cancer Case
Every case is unique. An experienced drug injury lawyer will consider every aspect of your potential claim to provide you with the pros and cons of pursuing a Zantac injury lawsuit. Some of the things your lawyer will consider include:
- How long you took Zantac and at what dose. You may need documentation of your prescription or receipts from over-the-counter purchases to prove that you took Zantac.
- Your cancer diagnosis. You must be diagnosed with cancer to pursue a Zantac case.
- Whether the cancer was caused by Zantac NDMA exposure. Your medical team may help establish this connection.
- You suffered damages. If you have cancer, then your quality of life has been affected.
Alternatively, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death case if your loved one died from cancer after taking Zantac and would have qualified to file their own case against Zantac manufacturers had they survived.
If you are eligible to pursue a Zantac cancer injury recovery, you may be able to join the existing Zantac Multidistrict Litigation (MDL).
What to Discuss With a Zantac Injury Lawyer Before Filing a Lawsuit
One of the first things you will discuss is eligibility. An experienced New England drug injury lawyer will thoroughly review your claim to determine if you have a Zantac injury case worth pursuing. Then, your attorney will advise you of your legal options.
If you decide to move forward with your claim, your Zantac injury lawyer will explain:
- How a case works
- What your potential recovery could include
- What you can do next to protect your recovery
- Why you can afford to hire a drug injury lawyer
- What you can expect from your legal team
A successful Zantac injury case could result in compensation for your past and future medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
You can’t go back and make a different decision about heartburn medication now, but you can stay in control of your future by learning more about your rights and taking action to hold Zantac manufacturers responsible for failing to warn you about the potential cancer risks from NDMA.
We invite you to contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation with our experienced Greater Boston mass tort lawyers. You can reach us any time by phone, live chat, or completion of our contact form, and we would be happy to meet with you in our conveniently located Natick office or by phone.