Zantac Attorneys in Jackson, MS
Holding Sanofi and Other Drugmakers Accountable for Unsafe Exposure
The popular heartburn medication, Zantac, is under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has been linked to cancer in a series of lawsuits.
For Zantac, the trouble first started in September of 2019, when independent pharmacy, Valisure, sent a citizen’s petition to the FDA, claiming Zantac and its generic versions were contaminated with a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer).
If you’ve been diagnosed with any digestive cancer after taking Zantac regularly, please discuss your situation with ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP right away.
Zantac and Ranitidine
Zantac is a brand name drug manufactured by Sanofi. The active ingredient of Zantac is ranitidine, which is an H2 (histamine-2) blocker that helps prevent and relieve heartburn. At prescription strengths, Zantac and other ranitidine products are used to prevent and treat ulcers in the stomach and intestines.
Over the counter (OTC) Zantac is a wildly popular choice for heartburn relief. The drug was first released in 1986 and by 1988, it became the first medication to surpass $1 billion in annual sales.
Sadly, Zantac may have been contaminated by N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) impurities this whole time, and on April 1, 2020, the FDA announced the drug’s quality could not be confirmed.
If you’ve been harmed by Zantac, contact our Jackson Zantac lawyers today.
What Is NDMA?
N-Nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, is an environmental contaminant found in our food and water. Many people consume small doses of NDMA when they eat vegetables, grilled meats, or dairy products, but mild exposure does not cause serious health concerns. Over time, however, NDMA can build up in the body and lead to cancer.
As such, the FDA recommends NDMA consumption be limited to 0.096 micrograms per day and does not allow medications to contain more than 0.32 parts per million (ppm) of NDMA.
During laboratory testing, ranitidine samples contained up to 0.86 micrograms per tablet and up to 2.85 ppm. Zantac was contaminated with as many as 0.36 micrograms of NDMA and up to 2.38 ppm per dose.
The levels of NDMA in Zantac and other ranitidine drugs are unacceptable and can put consumers at risk. If you’ve been exposed for 1 year or more and diagnosed with cancer, our firm is here for you.
Those who took Zantac once or twice for heartburn relief are likely not at risk for excessive NDMA exposure and the cancers it can cause. Nevertheless, using Zantac once a week for at least 6 months can increase your risk of cancer dramatically.
Zantac has been linked to the following injuries:
- Stomach cancer
- Liver cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Cancer of the small intestine
- Colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Prostate cancer (in those under age 65)
- Lung cancer (in nonsmokers)
- Pancreatic cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Brain cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Breast cancer
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
If you’ve been diagnosed with any of the illnesses after taking Zantac for a minimum of 1 year (or weekly for a minimum of 6 months), you may have a qualifying injury.
A qualifying injury can allow you to join a class-action lawsuit, but only if you developed cancer after taking Zantac for 1 year or longer and within 20 years of your first dose.
If you were harmed by Zantac, specifically, and are not yet represented by an attorney, ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP would be honored to represent you.
For those who reside in California, Massachusetts, Vermont, or Illinois, we may be able to help you file a generic ranitidine lawsuit.
Call us at (601) 265-6869 today to find out if you have grounds for legal action.
Why Choose Our Firm?
At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, you will work directly with our experienced attorneys and be informed and supported throughout your entire case. We do not believe in cookie-cutter representation and will always consider your needs and desires before all else.
We are not afraid to go up against Sanofi and other huge drug manufacturers, nor their insurance companies.
Make sure your voice is heard. Call us today at (601) 265-6869 or request a free consultation online.