What is Zantac?
Zantac is a heartburn medication that was both prescribed by doctors and sold over the counter to customers. People used the drug to stop heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach.
When Zantac is wrongly stored, it transforms and its levels of NDMA increase. NDMA is a drug which is extremely harmful to the body as it is linked to cancer. In June of 2019, an online pharmacy laboratory, while testing the safety of drugs it sold, found that Zantac was transforming into the harmful NDMA. For context, the laboratory found that a person would need to smoke over 500 cigarettes to get the same level of NDMA that was in a single dose of Zantac.
Unlike other dangerous products, Zantac is unique in that the FDA has pulled ALL Zantac from store shelves. This speaks to the Zantac’s high level of danger.
If you have taken Zantac and developed cancer, call our Nevada office at (725) 900-9000 or our Washington location at (360) 200-0000 to get your case started with a free consultation. Our defective drug and personal injury lawyers have recovered over $50 million in settlements for our clients thus far, and that is not counting what we can win for you.
When taking Zantac that has transformed into NDMA, the most common injury a person gets is cancer. The most common cancers that result from Zantac are:
- Stomach Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Intestinal Cancer
- Throat/nasal Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
This is not a complete list of injuries that result from Zantac. Other cancers, like those that follow, as well as other injuries may have resulted from your taking of Zantac:
- Kidney Cancer
- Brain Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Leukemia Cancer
- Islet cell Cancer
- Myeloma Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
How do I qualify for a Zantac lawsuit?
To qualify for a Zantac lawsuit, a person must meet the following criteria:
- Bought and took Zantac
- Read the faulty warnings on the label and rely on the lack of information that Zantac or NMDA may lead to cancer or other health problems.
- Suffer an injury from taking Zantac.
It is always important to remember that no two cases are the same. If you would like more information on qualifying for Zantac, then check out this post where we explain it more fully.
What is the average payout for a Zantac claim?
Currently, no Zantac lawsuit has been paid out. The lawsuits are ongoing. They are not expected to start paying out for another few years. Because of this, it is difficult to give an exact number for the average payout. However, we can look to similar cases to help us understand what payout we can expect.
It is important to note that any payout is affected by several factors that may, or may not, be unique to that case. The factors are:
- The extent of the injuries. A person suffering from a later stage of cancer could get a higher payout than someone in an earlier stage.
- The number of injuries. For example, having more than one type of cancer could lead to a higher payout.
- The strength of the evidence. Someone who kept records of medical treatments for any cancer or dates when they started and stopped taking the drug will be able to better prove the claim and can lead to a higher payout.
The combination of factors will put an injured party into one of three tiers with those in the upper tiers receiving higher payouts. The higher payouts will likely be above $300,000 and the lowest will likely be around $60,000. For more information on potential Zantac payouts, check out this post for more information.
Call our Nevada office at (725) 900-9000 or our Washington location at (360) 200-0000 to get your case started with a free consultation. Our defective drug and personal injury lawyers have recovered over $50 million in settlements for our clients.
February: A Zantac lawsuit has been filed in over 2,000 cases while tens of thousands more claims have been preserved through a pre-trial agreement. Attorneys are trying to find a suitable candidate pool.
April: The number of filed cases has reached over 2,100. Attorneys are making progress towards the bellwether trials.
May: The multi-district litigation is in the final stages of the bellwether trial selection and is starting on Daubert challenges to expert testimony on causation. For information about the May updates to the Zantac Litigation, check out this post.
If you or a loved one took Zantac and developed cancer, contact the offices of the Van Law Firm today to see if you are eligible to join in the Zantac lawsuits.