Zantac and other ranitidine-based drugs were recalled by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 1st, 2020 because of their connection to the carcinogenic chemical known as NDMA. Longtime users have been diagnosed with various forms of cancer all throughout the body.
As a result, tens of thousands of Zantac users throughout the country have contemplated taking legal action against the drug’s manufacturers in the last year. As a personal injury firm, one of the questions we are asked most frequently pertains to whether or not an individual is eligible for a Zantac lawsuit.
There are two sets of criteria involved in determining the strength of a potential lawsuit, and they are divided into the following categories:
Parameters of Use
The first set of criteria with regards to Zantac litigation has to do with the plaintiff’s history with the product. At this point, the following checkpoints have been established:
- You have taken Zantac (or another ranitidine product) on a daily or regular basis for at least 6 months.
- You are a U.S. citizen and used Zantac (ranitidine) in the United States
- You have used one or more of the following drugs:
- Zantac Prescription,
- Zantac over-the-counter
- Generic ranitidine products
- You did not primarily use Zantac (ranitidine) in Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, or did not primarily live in any of these places.
- You used Zantac anytime from 2006-onwards– we may not be able to obtain your medical records if you used Zantac prior to 2006 unless you were seen at a research hospital or if you have your own copies of your medical records or can obtain them.
Diagnoses and Damages
The second half of guidelines has to do with the damages and diagnoses that were sustained on behalf of Zantac and other ranitidine products:
- You have been diagnosed with qualifying cancer at least 1 year after the date of the first use of Zantac or up to 10 years from the date of last use.
- After taking Zantac you have been diagnosed with any of the following cancers– for each example, please note any parenthetical pre-existing conditions that may disqualify plaintiffs from filing a claim:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer (No familial history or BRCA gene)
- Colon, rectal cancer, or colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer (Not throat cancer) (No Achalasia as pre-existing)
- Intestinal cancer
- Gastric cancer (No H. Pylori as pre-existing)
- Kidney cancer (No Hep B or C as pre-existing)
- Liver cancer (No Hep B or C as pre-existing)
- Lung cancer (If primary cancer, must not have a history of smoking for at least 20 years prior to lung cancer diagnosis)
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer (Under age 69 at time of diagnosis)
- Stomach cancer (No H. Pylori as pre-existing)
Connect with Our Zantac Lawyers: Van Law Firm
If you or a loved one has a history of using Zantac and meets the aforementioned criteria, call (702) 529-1011 to speak with the experienced staff of Las Vegas Zantac lawyers at Van Law Firm. Our knowledgeable personal injury and defective drug attorneys have negotiated over $50 million in settlements for our clients, and we can help you recover multiple forms of compensation, including medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call today to get your case started.