The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that some heartburn or acid-reducing medications contain a cancer-causing ingredient. Ranitidine is the medication, and it is available by prescription and sold over the counter as Zantac and Tritec.
The probable cancer-causing ingredient is N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). According to the FDA, Zantac contains 26,000 times more of this ingredient than the FDA allows.
Why is NDMA Harmful?
This chemical was originally developed for the production of rocket fuel. After high levels were found in the air, water and soil samples near manufacturing plants, its use was halted.
NDMA is known to leach into the soil and contaminating the water. It enters the body when someone eats food or drinks water contaminated with NDMA.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a “possible human carcinogen” because it can alter human DNA. Testing in animals shows it causes cancer, but the evidence regarding cancer in humans is not consistent. Nevertheless, its presence in medications in concentrations above those allowed by law is prompting the Ranitidine recalls.
Those who took Ranitidine (Zantac) regularly should monitor themselves for symptoms of overexposure to NDMA. Symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramps.
If you experience any of these symptoms and/or recently received a cancer diagnosis after taking Ranitidine regularly, Call me today and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Cancer and NDMA
N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) containing medications have been linked to cancers including:
Other types of cancer may also be linked to Zantac.
Can Pharmaceutical Manufacturers be Held Accountable?
When you take medication, you entrust the pharmaceutical company to ensure its safety. If you, or someone you love have been taking Zantac or another variation of Ranitidine, call me right now and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
While some products containing Ranitidine may still be available, many companies have removed their ranitidine medication from the market to avoid liability claims. However, this does not mean they aren’t responsible for your injury!
Even when a drug receives FDA approval, it does not protect the drug manufacturer from litigation. Drug companies cannot hide behind FDA approval. It can take years before the potential for harm is identified despite numerous studies and testing.
I Can Help You!
Manufacturers of Zantac and other Ranitidine-containing medications will face numerous lawsuits. Pharmaceutical litigation is a complex process, and requires the help of an experienced litigation attorney. I have helped hundreds of clients recover significant monetary damages for their product liability claims.
If you are taking a heartburn or antacid medication containing Ranitidine and have cancer, you may be entitled to receive significant compensation. Don’t wait – call me as soon as possible!