In the last few years, scientists have continued to present more evidence that the antacid medication Zantac (ranitidine hydrochloride) can contain copious amounts of NDMA, a chemical that is widely believed to cause cancer. As of April of 2020 the FDA has recalled all ranitidine products from US markets, including New York.
Individuals who have experienced secondary complications as a result of long term Zantac use are being asked to come forward, as the team of New York Zantac lawyers at Van Law Firm are currently accepting clients for both wrongful death and personal injury cases.
What is Zantac?
Zantac is an extremely popular prescription medication used to treat gastrointestinal issues, such as ulcers, heartburn, and other problems related to the overproduction of stomach acid. Because it has been sold for over 30 years and many generic options have since become available, there are hundreds of thousands of individuals who have been exposed to the drug.
For both prescription Zantac as well as the generic options, ranitidine is the active ingredient. Researchers have discovered that ranitidine is unstable, meaning that its compounds break down over time. When ranitidine breaks down, it produces NDMA. It’s still unclear just how much NDMA can be produced by ranitidine breakdown, but one 2019 study reported levels in excess of 3 million nanograms in just one tablet. For reference, the FDA’s daily limit of NDMA is just 96 nanograms.
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Side Effects of Zantac
Health agencies around the world have all classified NDMA as a human carcinogen. Zantac lawsuits in New York have cited the following conditions:
- 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 Lawsuits in New York
Zantac users and their loved ones may be understandably frustrated by being subject to additional hardships as a result of NDMA exposure, and wish to file a wrongful death or personal injury claim.
Any parties currently in New York who are considering moving forward with a claim should compile the following materials in order to best qualify for a Zantac lawsuit:
- Proven Zantac use:
Whether through receipts or past prescriptions, it is imperative that plaintiffs be able to prove their Zantac use.
- Proven cancer diagnosis following Zantac use:
To ensure a successful claim, this diagnosis must be shown to come after prolonged ranitidine exposure.
- Viable relationship between the two:
Through testimony or a review of records, the connection between diagnosis and Zantac should be reasonably explainable.
New York Zantac Attorneys
If you or someone you know has experienced additional complications after taking Zantac or other ranitidine-based medications, the award-winning team of New York Zantac lawyers at Van Law Firm are ready to assist you.
Our tireless service and top-notch experience has netted over $50 million in settlements for our clients. If you feel you may qualify for a Zantac lawsuit, contact our offices today
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