It’s estimated that over the last 10 years, the heartburn medication Zantac was prescribed over 150 million times. In late 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began an investigation into the drug after a test found that it causes exposure to a cancer-causing carcinogenic chemical called NDMA, over 3,000 times more than the FDA’s daily intake limit. It’s believed that massive pharmaceutical companies like Sanofi and Boehringer Ingleheim knowingly concealing Zantac’s cancer risks from millions of patients, exposing them to great harm while collecting over $1B in sales.
How does Zantac increase cancer risks?
Zantac contains an impurity known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The FDA says that an “acceptable” daily intake of NDMA is 96 ng; however, a single tablet of Zantac is believed to expose patients to about 3,000,000 ng of NDMA. NDMA is currently used to induce cancerous tumors in lab rats, and as far back as the 1980s, numerous studies showed a clear link between Zantac’s NDMA and increased cancer risk.
After recent troubling test results were published, many manufacturers and distributors of Zantac and related therapies have conducted massive recalls and conducted further independent testing.
Those who consistently took Zantac for a sustained period of time, are believed to be at an increased risk for many kinds of cancer in the digestive tract, including:
Prostate (early onset)
Who is liable for cancers caused by Zantac?
As the news of Zantac test results and massive recalls has spread, numerous lawsuits have been filed across the nation. If you or a loved one has been exposed to cancer risks after taking Zantac, call a trusted law firm that has been in our community for over four decades. We will help you navigate your legal options to recover the full extent of your damages. Give us a call at 845-600-0000 to set up a free consultation in our offices in Kingston and Poughkeepsie.
Because of their disregard for their patients health, many lawsuits are being pursued against Sanofi, Boehringer Ingleheim, and other manufacturers of Zantac. They had a duty to produce heartburn medication that is safe for public consumption, and to warn the public about any risks.
How can you claim damages caused by taking Zantac?
Your legal options differ based on the damages. If you were a Zantac user over several years and were diagnosed with a form of cancer, you may be able to file an individual personal injury lawsuit against Zantac’s manufacturers.
One of the critical elements of any Zantac personal injury lawsuit is proving use. You need to have proof that you took Zantac or a related product. It’s possible that proof is contained in your pharmacy records, or receipts that you’ve kept, notes in your medical records and charts, or some other form of documentation.
Another critical element is proving an injury. If you’ve been diagnosed with one or more of the primary cancers listed above, you can prove it by obtaining copies of your medical records.
A final element is that you must prove that your Zantac use and cancer diagnosis are strongly related. Showing that you consistently took high doses of Zantac over several years is stronger than showing that you occasionally took lower doses over a few months. Everyone’s exposure to Zantac is different, and our experienced legal team will help you navigate it.
Contact Mainetti & Mainetti, P.C. for your Zantac personal injury lawsuit
Our firm has a strong reputation of pushing back on behalf of our clients against giant corporations and insurance companies. We will help you obtain the maximum possible damages for your Zantac lawsuit. Give us a call at 845-600-0000 to schedule a FREE consultation.