You may be able to file a Zantac lawsuit if:
- You developed cancer after taking Zantac or a medication with its active ingredient, ranitidine
- Your loved one developed cancer after taking Zantac or a medication with its active ingredient, ranitidine
- You have endured losses as a possible result of taking Zantac or generic ranitidine
You would not be the first person to bring a lawsuit against manufacturers of Zantac or generic ranitidine because of the drugs’ links to cancer. You may be able to join multidistrict litigation (MDL) or bring an individual lawsuit, and a lawyer may assist you in whichever route that you choose.
Understand the Pending Litigation Regarding Zantac and Ranitidine
If you or your loved one developed cancer after taking the brand name Zantac or another type of ranitidine, then you may be eligible to join a lawsuit or bring a lawsuit or join MDL.
MDL 2924 is one of the current group lawsuits pending against manufacturers who failed to discover or disclose the risks associated with ranitidine in Zantac and other drugs. Lawyers who presumably drafted the lawsuit allege that:
- N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a chemical categorized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a “probable human carcinogen”, becomes present in dangerous amounts when ranitidine in Zantac breaks down in the human body
- NDMA is used to intentionally produce tumors in lab animals for research purposes and could produce tumors in humans who ingest ranitidine
- Taking Zantac or generic ranitidine may ultimately result in you developing kidney cancer, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, intestinal cancer, or liver cancer
Your lawyer may make similar arguments in any litigation that you join or bring on your own, should you choose to enlist the help of an attorney. If you do choose to accept the help of a lawyer, then you can expect your lawyer to:
- Obtain medical documentation that displays the nature and extent of your cancer or your loved one’s cancer.
- Obtain any documentation that proves you were prescribed Zantac or ranitidine, or purchased over-the-counter ranitidine, Zantac, or an equivalent product containing ranitidine.
- File your lawsuit in the appropriate legal venue, or help you join an existing MDL
- Organize the evidence in your case into a case for compensation
- Consult any experts whose testimony supports your case
- Defend your rights
It seems increasingly clear that there was significant failure that led countless individuals, perhaps including you or a loved one, to be exposed to a significant cancer risk because of ranitidine in Zantac. You may be entitled to compensation for such exposure.
Drug Manufacturers and Others May Be Liable for Your Cancer
Zantac received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1983, yet the danger of ranitidine in Zantac did not come to the public’s attention until 2019, according to Reuters.
Those who may have failed to protect the public from unacceptable risk with respect to ranitidine in cancer include:
- The FDA, which not only approved Zantac and generic ranitidine for sale on the consumer market but also failed to conduct any follow-up testing that revealed the instability of ranitidine
- GlaxoSmithKline PLC (formerly Glaxo Holdings Ltd), which was the first drug manufacturer to bring Zantac to market
- Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, and other drug manufacturers that either manufactured brand name Zantac or equivalent medications containing ranitidine at some point between 1983 and 2019
A withdrawal request from the FDA issued in April 2020 has led to manufacturers to steadily withdraw drugs containing ranitidine, including Zantac (per Sanofi), from the market in one capacity or another. Still, these companies failed to discover, or failed to disclose, findings that ranitidine may be inherently dangerous because of its chemical instability, as online pharmacy Valisure discovered in 2019.
One or more of these parties may be named as a defendant in any litigation that you ultimately bring. If your lawsuit is successful, then they could be liable for losses you have endured because of their negligence.
Compensation You May Collect from a Zantac-Ranitidine Lawsuit
If you file a successful Zantac or ranitidine lawsuit, then you may collect compensation covering:
- Pain and suffering that you have endured because of your cancer
- Income that you have lost because of your cancer
- Medical expenses from diagnosing and monitoring your cancer
- Medical expenses for treatment of your cancer
- The cost of rehabilitation for the effects of your cancer and treatments for your cancer
- If your loved one died, expenses stemming from their death
Whether you bring a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, then you may have your losses covered in the case that your legal action proves successful.
Call Our Team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today
We will fight for any compensation to which you are entitled due to the negligence of drug manufacturers and any other parties who have wronged you. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (337) 777-7777 for a free consultation. Do not wait to call, as time could be a factor in your ability to pursue a lawsuit.