The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that ranitidine medicines have an impurity that may cause cancer. This includes heartburn drugs sold under the name "Zantac.”
In September 2019, the FDA reported that a carcinogenic contaminant known as NDMA was found in Zantac products. The contamination amount was found to be between 3,000 and 26,000 times higher than the amount determined “safe.” As such, patients regularly taking Zantac may have been exposed to a dangerous cancer-causing contaminant.
People who have taken Zantac are suing the manufacturers of the drug -- Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim. These lawsuits allege that the drug manufacturers knew or should have known that Zantac contained high levels of NDMA, a chemical linked to cancer.
Recall of Ranitidine Drugs
The manufacturers of generic Zantac-like drugs have chosen to voluntarily recall their over-the-counter medicines. Many major retailers like CVS, Wal-Mart and Walgreens have already pulled ranitidine drugs from their shelves. Many retailers have chosen to stop selling ranitidine products entirely after the FDA announced the drugs could contain a human carcinogen.
What is NDMA?
NDMA It is a yellow liquid that has no particular odor. Cancer research is its primary use, where scientists use the chemical to cause cancer in lab animals.
What are symptoms of NDMA exposure?
NDMA exposure can cause various types of cancer, as well as liver damage. Overexposure to NDMA is linked to the following symptoms:
- Headache and fever
- Nausea and vomiting
Scientific studies have also linked NDMA exposure to a variety of cancers, including:
- Bladder cancer
- Liver cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Small intestine cancer
- Colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
If you or a loved one took Zantac and developed cancer, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other costs associated with your suffering. Our experienced attorneys will provide you with aggressive and compassionate representation. We will go above and beyond to ensure that you are treated fairly and that you get the recovery you deserve. Call us today at 1-800-800-5678 to learn more, or start a live chat with us anytime at Hupy.com.