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Zantac Lawsuits – 2021 New Claims Update

The Zantac cancer lawsuits are heating up.  Discovery is moving forward surprisingly quickly given the pandemic and it may not be long before trials are being scheduled.

Plaintiffs’ lawyers are pushing like crazy for Zantac victims, including our law firm.  Our lawyers are moving quickly and we have already signed up scores of plaintiffs for the  Zantac cancer lawsuits. If you have cancer and were taking Zantac, don’t delay.  We are at the point where there are statute of limitations concerns.  Call us today at 800-553-8082 or get a free online claim evaluation.

On April 1, 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested the removal of all Zantac and generic ranitidine products from the market, after discovering that levels of NDMA in the drug could increase with time and exposure to high temperatures.

My response?  It is about time.  Geez.  Long ago, drug stores stopped selling this heartburn medication, along with other generic versions, after concerns were raised over possible cancer risks.

What kind of cancer does NDMA cause?

We do not know the answer.  But the list seems to grow every day.  This is our current belief which types of cancer Zantac might cause:

  • breast (new)
  • stomach
  • bladder
  • colon
  • lung
  • liver
  • kidney
  • liver
  • pancreatic
  • colon
  • testicular

What are the risks of Zantac?

Zantac and Ranitidine Recall Infographic

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All drugs carry risks. There are virtually no medications that affect human physiology that do not travel with possible risk.  Adverse reactions ranitidine are generally thought to be rare.  Most neurologic side effects are seen in elderly patients or patients with kidney or hepatic impairment.  These side effects are usually resolved by simply stopping the use of ranitidine.  You also see rare cases of hepatic toxicity with ranitidine.

So no one is saying drugs have to be perfectly safe.  The question is whether there is an unacceptable cancer risk with ranitidine.

Ranitidine is classified as an antacid and is the main ingredient in many heartburn medications, including Zantac. Inside these ranitidine products, the FDA has determined through lab tests that they contain low levels of an impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA.

The FDA has been investigating NDMA in blood pressure and heart failure medications since last year, and WHO has recently labeled the impurity as a “probable human carcinogen”.

This isn’t the first time NDMA has been detected in over-the-counter medications, either. The FDA has recalled several other medications that contain the ingredient valsartan. Valsartan products have also been found to contain “unacceptable levels” of NDMA impurities linked to cancer.

Should patients stop taking Zantac?

(We wrote this question when Zantac was still on the market.  Obviously, it is a moot point now.)

One table of Zantac may contain 3,000 to 26,000 times the FDA’s daily limit for NDMA consumption.  So the first thing you want to do is talk to our doctor.  I’m a lawyer, not a doctor.

But there is a reason that product has been pulled off the shelves.  There are other products out there to treat this condition.   If you are taking this drug over the counter, I would try another medication.   You think the whole thing might be overblown.  I don’t think so. But I’ll allow for the possibility.  But I don’t think the risk is worth it.

The FDA said that patients who are taking prescription-strength heartburn products containing ranitidine should contact their healthcare provider to discuss alternative treatments.

What’s next?

The future of these products will depend on what kind of further research is released by the FDA. In a study published by the medical journal BMJ last year, researchers found no “markedly increased short term overall risk of cancer” among users of valsartan drugs that were made with NDMA. The study did mention, however, that there is a need for more research on the long-term risk of cancer.

It’s expected that more companies and countries will ban the sale of Zantac and its generic counterparts until the safety of these drugs has been fully established. As of right now, the United States, Canada, France, and Bangladesh have all issued a temporary removal of ranitidine products from store shelves.

A dozen Zantac cancer lawsuits have been filed in federal court.  In November, plaintiffs’ lawyers filed a motion to the MDL judicial who decides whether the Zantac claims should be made into a class action (really an MDL but it is class action as most people understand the term).  As of January 2020, the court has not yet ruled on this motion. We expect the court to grant the motion.

If you are bringing a Zantac claim, this is great news for you.  This means it is very unlikely much will be asked of you in the litigation for quite some time.  You file a lawsuit, fill out some paperwork, and hope these cases produce a settlement offer.

Why file a Zantac cancer lawsuit?

Money will not change what you have gone through. But a settlement can help you get through it. Settlement proceeds can pay for medical treatment, the time you lost from work, and, most importantly, compensate you for your pain and suffering.

Will the Zantac cases lead to large settlements?

This is the question you have to ask: how much money can Zantac victims expect in a settlement.   The real answer is no one knows.  But our lawyers expect the Zantac lawsuits to lead to favorable settlements.  Why?   This chemical has been commercially available for nearly 40 years.  No one saw a connection to cancer in all of that time?  My guess is that the makers of ranitidine probably saw data showing a connection, wrote about it, and the research and efforts to test a connection went nowhere.

My guess is lawsuits get filed and we get a better idea of who knows what.  Of course, this presupposes causation between Zantac and cancer, and the FDA recently put out some data to muddy that picture.  But that data seems flawed.

What is the potential settlement value of the Zantac cases?  It is so early to project the settlement value of these cases.  Could it be bigger than Roundup which is projected to be about $500,000 a case?   I think that is a fair comp for a mass tort settlement.  But we will have to see how these cases play out.zantac lawsuits cancer

Are lawyers interested in Zantac claims?

Ah, I think so.  This is the email I got today:

We are generating Zantac Cancer leads at $20 per lead and depending on the criteria we are seeing retained cases at $65-$125 per case. We are very transparent when it comes to our lead generation program and want to earn your business. We work on a 15% of ad spend management fee that includes managing your campaigns, ads, creating landing pages, and integrating with your CRM or lead management systems. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get Zantac cancer cases while they are cheap – we are already seeing a lot of firms jumping on board! Give us a call or send us an email for more information.

This post was originally written a year ago.   Now, look at the cost of a Zantac lead.

Again, we are lawyers are NOW INVESTIGATING THESE CLAIMS.  If you have a potential Zantac cancer claim, call us at 800-553-8082.  

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