Not long after it was introduced in the early 1980s, the chemical compound known as ranitidine quickly became the medication of choice for many people suffering from gastrointestinal disorders. The compound, branded as Zantac, was once the biggest-selling drug in the United States. Eventually, Zantac became an over the counter medication, and sales continued to skyrocket.
In 2019, testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected the presence of a contaminant in Zantac. This contaminant is a known carcinogen; attorneys around the world expect that thousands of patients taking or who have taken Zantac may be at risk of serious, even life-threatening, consequences. If you or a loved one has taken Zantac or similar ranitidine-based medications and has developed cancer, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The law firm of Ronemus & Vilensky, LLP, can help.
Contamination in Zantac Manufacturing
Ranitidine (Zantac) was developed to block the production of stomach acids and has been prescribed for use in patients with disorders of the digestive system, including:
- Peptic ulcers
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Routine testing by the FDA in 2019 discovered the presence of a known carcinogen called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in certain batches of Zantac and other generic ranitidine-based medications. This chemical contaminant is suspected in the development of certain cancers of the stomach and intestinal tract. Patients taking Zantac over the long term are at the highest risk of developing cancers. Although the presence of NDMA was detected in very small amounts, it may still negatively influence the health and safety of those taking Zantac medications.
As a precautionary measure, drugmaker Sanofi announced a voluntary recall of medications, including:
- Zantac 150
- Zantac 150 Cool Mint
- Zantac 75
Those taking Zantac were urged to discontinue the medication and to dispose of unused medication immediately. Following the recall, drugstores in the United States and Canada removed ranitidine-based products from store shelves.
Zantac-Related Lawsuits on the Horizon
Legal industry analysts foresee a wave of high-profile lawsuits filed by victims of Zantac-related health injuries. In fact, the first lawsuit against drugmakers was filed in California one day after the initial Sanofi recall announcement.
Attorneys for those injured by the use of Zantac and other ranitidine-based medications, particularly patients with bladder or stomach cancers, may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Ronemus & Vilensky can help injury victims file for damages, including:
- Medical expenses, both past and future, resulting from injuries or diseases caused by Zantac medications.
- Loss of wages, both past and future.
- Punitive damages
- Loss of earning capacity, both in the past and in the future.
- Pain and suffering caused by injuries resulting from Zantac use.
- Long-term rehabilitation and caregiving expenses related to Zantac-caused injuries/diseases.
Those affected by Zantac and related medications may no longer be able to work, and may face high medical expenses in the near- and long-terms. These expenses can be financially devastating to families. In some cases, exposure to the contaminants found in Zantac may result in death.
Legal Representation for Zantac Injury Victims
It is important to understand that if you or a loved one has taken Zantac and has developed complications from the medication, such as cancer of the stomach, intestines, or bladder, you have rights. Ronemus & Vilensky can help you preserve those rights, fighting for you to secure the financial compensation you deserve. We have worked with thousands of injury victims and have achieved millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on our clients’ behalf.
Our firm works with medical and pharmaceutical experts to uncover the facts behind each drug injury case. With this expert testimony and our compassion for injury victims, our firm has been chosen as NYC’s Super Lawyers for over 11 consecutive years. We are the premier personal injury attorney law firm in the New York City region.
If you or a family member has taken Zantac or other ranitidine medications, and has developed cancer, call Ronemus & Vilensky today at (212) 779-7070. We are proud to offer free consultations for injury victims. If we take your case, our experienced staff will work tirelessly to help you recover damages.