Zantac and Pregnancy
The list of medications that you can take when you are pregnant is short.
Zantac has long been labeled as a Category B drug by the FDA, meaning that it is supposed to be safe for a developing fetus.
Recent studies by the FDA are finding increasing evidence that this may not be true.
If you take Zantac while pregnant, your child may develop a birth defect or cancer. Research is showing that ranitadine-based medications allegedly cause birth defects, and infants who take them may develop cancer.
If you have been affected by taking Zantac while pregnant, you may have the right to seek compensation.
The Zantac Recall
On April 1, 2020 the FDA issued a market-level recall request for Zantac. This is for both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) versions of the drug.
The reason for the recall request is that FDA research has found that Zantac breaks down into a known carcinogen called NDMA, or n-nitrosodimethylamine, while in the packaging. Other research has found that Zantac may also break down into NDMA while in the body.
Prolonged usage of Zantac may expose a person to high levels of NDMA which may cause cancer as well as birth defects in pregnant women
Birth Defects Allegedly Caused by Zantac
There are many types of birth defects that may be linked to prolonged usage of Zantac while pregnant.
Birth defects linked to NDMA exposure to humans may include (but are not limited to):
- cleft palate
- heart murmurs
- postnatal cancer
Other birth defects that have been found in mice exposed to NDMA, include:
- still births
- neonatal deaths
If your pregnancy resulted in a birth defect after taking Zantac, you may qualify for compensation. Keep reading to learn more about the qualifications required to seek compensation through VanDerGinst Law.
Qualifications to Seek Compensation
In order to participate in a mass tort lawsuit through VanDerGinst Law to seek compensation for birth defects after taking Zantac during pregnancy, a few conditions should be met:
- At least 6 months of use during pregnancy
- Minimum of 300 mg/week during 6 months of pregnancy
- Occurrence of a birth defect; or
- No more than 5 years after birth until diagnosis of cancer
Even if you don’t meet these guidelines, you can still fill out our pre-qualification form and reach out to us with any questions that you may have.
Contact VanDerGinst Law
If you or a loved one has experienced birth defects or postnatal cancer after taking Zantac or another ranitidine-based medication, the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at VanDerGinst Law can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
We encourage you to fill out our pre-qualification form to see if you may be eligible for compensation.
Or call VanDerGinst Law at 800-797-5391.
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