Zantac: What You Need to Know in Los Angeles
Medical researchers and scientists have published jarring evidence linking the popular heartburn and antacid medication Zantac (ranitidine hydrochloride) to criminally high levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a documented carcinogen. As a result, the FDA and other health agencies around the world have removed Zantac products from the consumer market.
Longtime Zantac users are being encouraged to stop and seek the help of a medical professional, while also pursuing alternative medications. At Van Law Firm, our legal team of Los Angeles Zantac attorneys are now accepting cases under a personal injury, defective drug, or wrongful death basis– we consider it our duty to fight against the reckless and irresponsible behavior of the pharmaceutical manufacturers.
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Zantac/ NDMA Introduction
Originally approved for use in 1983, Zantac is one of the most-prescribed medications for heartburn and other stomach ailments. Patients commonly take Zantac to help treat acid reflux, stomach ulcers, and sour stomach. The drug has been widely circulated for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that new investigations have revealed a multitude of unknown dangers.
Researchers have discovered that the problem lies in Zantac’s active ingredient, ranitidine. The compound has been described as “inherently unstable,” which means that it erodes and breaks down over time. The byproducts of this degradation process then combine to form NDMA, and the process repeats continuously. The FDA has set a safe daily NDMA intake limit of 96 nanograms per day– some studies, such as the one published by Valisure Pharmacy, have recorded findings of over 3 million nanograms of NDMA in Zantac samples, which is over 30,000 times the FDA’s recommended intake.
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Potential Risks and Side Effects
Due to a combination of lab evidence as well as animal testing, health agencies such as the FDA and the World Health Organizaiton (WHO) have classified NDMA as a Group 2A carcinogen, meaning that the substance most likely causes cancer in humans. NDMA molecules can travel all throughout the body, and as a result, the following cancers have been mentioned so far in Los Angeles Zantac lawsuits:
- Bladder cancer
- Brain cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal/nasal/throat cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer (in non-smokers)
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Uterine cancer
Zantac Litigation in Los Angeles
Those who have a history of Zantac use and are now experiencing complications may wish to proceed with legal action, in the form of a personal injury, defective drug, or wrongful death claim.
Potential plaintiffs should note that the following criteria have been established:
- Proof of use: As the basis of a claim, parties should be able to show proof of using the drug for an extended period (at least six months prior to filing claim).
- Cancer diagnosis: A diagnosis of cancer must involve one the aforementioned types, and it must have been diagnosed after extended Zantac use. The following conditions have been deemed as disqualifying, even with a cancer diagnosis: hepatitis B and C, H. pylori, achalasia.
- Proof of damages: Individuals should be prepared to present proof of damages– this means a detailed account of any medical costs, lost wages or non-economic losses that were incurred as a result of taking Zantac.
It is important to note that individuals who live in or have taken Zantac in the following locations have also been deemed ineligible: Louisiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico.
Los Angeles Zantac Attorneys: Van Law Firm
If you or a loved one has a history of Zantac use and has recently been diagnosed with one of the aforementioned forms of cancer, be sure to contact the knowledgeable legal team of Los Angeles Zantac attorneys at Van Law Firm.
Our team of defective drug and personal injury lawyers have successfully negotiated over $50 million in settlements for our clients.
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