Injured by Zantac?
OUR LAWYERS CAN HELP
What is Zantac (Ranitidine)?
Zantac and its generic form, ranitidine, belong to a class of drugs known as histamine H2-receptor antagonists and is used to treat conditions such as acid indigestion, heartburn, sour stomach, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Zantac works by decreasing stomach acid by blocking certain histamine receptors in the stomach. This once very popular antacid drug was developed by Glaxo (n/k/a GlaxoSmithKline) and was approved for prescription use by the FDA in 1983 and for over-the-counter use in 1996.
Why was Zantac (Ranitidine) Recalled?
On April 1, 2020, the FDA announced a Zantac recall, calling for manufacturers to immediately withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter Zantac and ranitidine products from the market, citing new studies that show a risk to public health. The risk involves the very molecular structure of the medication, itself. When ingested, Zantac produces high quantities of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a chemical that the World Health Organization describes as “clearly carcinogenic.” In fact, NDMA has been recognized as a human carcinogen since the 1970s and is no longer used for anything other than to induce tumor growth in rats in the context of experimental studies.
For years, the manufacturers, Glaxo (n/k/a GlaxoSmithCline), Boehringer Ingelheim Corp., Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC, Sanofi US Services Inc., and Chattem, Inc., knew or had reason to know that Zantac exposes consumers to unsafe levels of NDMA. Nevertheless, they continued to sell this product and consumers continued to ingest potent carcinogenic substances unknowingly.
What is the Zantac (Ranitidine) Litigation About?
Currently, lawyers around the country are filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of Zantac on behalf of individuals who have developed cancer as a result of ingesting Zantac. Some of the most common forms of cancer include:
- Stomach Cancer
- Intestinal Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
Where Should I Go for Help?
If you or a loved one was injured or you think you may have been injured by taking Zantac, contact our lawyers for a free and confidential case evaluation. Call our Houston office at 800-405-1740 or send us an email.