There has been a lot of news recently about the safety of taking Zantac products and other heartburn drugs, and whether the medications cause certain types of cancer.
The suddenness of the FDA’s Zantac recall request has likely left you with a lot of questions.
You have likely also heard about the mass tort and class-action lawsuits, and are wondering if you have a case.
Use this article as a springboard to answer your questions and take a deeper dive.
The FDA’s Research and Recalls
In April of 2020, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested the antacid medication Zantac (ranitidine) be withdrawn from the market immediately.
The reason: Zantac was found to contain high levels of the cancer causing chemical NDMA.
Research has found that Zantac may break down into NDMA both while in the packaging and when ingested into the body.
What is NDMA?
NDMA is a semi-volatile organic chemical and known carcinogen.
The chemical was originally used to make rocket fuel.
NDMA usage was discontinued when areas surrounding a rocket fuel manufacturing plant were contaminated with unusually high levels of this carcinogen.
NDMA can still result as a byproduct of certain industrial processes used in tanneries, pesticide manufacturing plants, rubber and tire manufacturers, fish processing facilities, foundries, and dye manufacturers.
What does this have to do with Zantac?
Allegedly, heartburn medications containing ranitidine can break down into NDMA inside the body and in the packaging, thus triggering the Zantac recall.
Types of Cancer Allegedly Caused By Zantac
Many forms of cancer may be associated with NDMA and prolonged Zantac use.
These cancer types may include:
If you have been diagnosed with cancer after prolonged use of Zantac, please read the section below about the different types of Zantac lawsuits to see if you may qualify for compensation.
One type of Zantac Lawsuit is called a mass tort lawsuit.
This type of personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Because many people have filed the same type of lawsuit, certain aspects of these cases may be consolidated, but each plaintiff maintains the right to seek individualized compensation for his or her unique injury.
If you have had a serious medical condition, such as cancer, develop after taking Zantac for a prolonged period of time, you would likely fall under the mass tort category and should see if you pre-qualify for compensation.
The other type of case is more commonly known, and is called a class-action lawsuit.
With a class action, it is less likely that medical issues have arisen from taking Zantac, but consumers as a whole are looking to be compensated for money spent on a medication that could cause damage.
Class actions involve only a few named plaintiffs, and everyone else in the class must abide by the decision made.
Qualifications for the Lawsuit
There are many issues surrounding Zantac litigation, and certain qualifications must be met in order to move forward with a mass tort claim.
These qualifications depend on the use-case of the medication, but mostly fall within 2 different categories: adult cases and prenatal exposure cases.
Here are some of the qualifications you must meet to proceed:
- At least 1 year of use prior to cancer diagnosis
- Minimum of 300 mg/week during 1-year period of use; and
- No more than 10 years since last use prior to cancer diagnosis
Prenatal Exposure Cases
- At least 6 months of use during pregnancy
- Minimum of 300 mg/week during 6 months of pregnancy; and
- No more than 5 years after birth until diagnosis of cancer
We recommend filling out our pre-qualification form to see if you qualify to file with VanDerGinst Law. You can always contact us for a free consultation if you have any questions.
Contact VanDerGinst Law
If you or a loved one has developed 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.
The law is tough, being injured is tougher.
We’ll make it easier for you.
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