N-Nitrosodimethylamine is a chemical compound also known as NDMA, and it is categorized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a “probable human carcinogen.” NDMA is dangerous because unsafe levels can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, which can result in significant hardship and even take your life.
Researchers recently found that the antacid Zantac and similar drugs containing the ingredient ranitidine may contain unsafe levels of NDMA and may produce even more NDMA when ranitidine breaks down in the body.
NDMA Is Used to Test Lab Rats
According to a lawsuit on behalf of those who took Zantac or ranitidine and developed cancer, multidistrict litigation (MDL) number 2924, NDMA:
- Is used to promote the growth of tumors in lab animals in order to test approaches for treating tumors
- May have a similar effect (inducing tumors) in humans
- Is shown to produce tumors in critical organs, per almost 200 documented articles
- May be present in levels 400 times higher than “acceptable” levels in those who have consumed Zantac or the generic form of Zantac, ranitidine
The EPA adds some concerning facts about NDMA, which include that it:
- Was used in the production of rocket fuel
- May be found in wastewater
- May cause cancer in humans (it is a “probable human carcinogen”)
NDMA is also found in some Zantac, its generic form ranitidine, and other drugs that contain the ingredient ranitidine.
Zantac’s Side Effects Were Always Serious
Pharmaceutical manufacturers sold Zantac for more than three decades, listing side effects that did not include a risk of developing cancer from NDMA in Zantac. According to Healthline, some of the side effects of ranitidine (Zantac’s generic version) that drug manufacturers did list include:
- Digestive problems such as constipation
- Problems with your liver, which may produce fatigue, jaundice, and abdominal pain
- Adverse emotional or psychological conditions such as depression, general agitation, and confusion
- Problems with your cardiovascular system
These are significant side effects that should have been taken seriously by those considering prescribing or taking Zantac. However, these side effects pale in comparison to the risks that come with heightened levels of NDMA found in ranitidine in 2019. According to MDL 2924, such risks could include:
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Bladder cancer
The revelations of these cancer risks, which contributed to the FDA’s decision to request the withdrawal of all ranitidine-containing medications from the market on April 1, 2020, are also leading to lawsuits.
You Could Be Eligible to Bring a Zantac Lawsuit
If you or your loved one took Zantac, generic ranitidine, or another medication containing ranitidine as an ingredient, then you may be able to:
- Join a class action lawsuit
- Join multidistrict litigation (MDL)
- Bring an individual lawsuit
You may be able to hold manufacturers of Zantac and other drugs containing ranitidine liable for any injuries you suffered.
Medical professionals who should have been aware of the possible risks of the known levels of NDMA in Zantac could also prove liable, but the most obvious cases of negligence appear to be manufacturers of the drug.
A Lawyer Will Lead Your Zantac Lawsuit
Whether you bring a lawsuit on behalf of yourself or a loved one, and whether you were potentially harmed by name-brand Zantac, generic ranitidine, or another medication, then a lawyer may be able to assist you.
A lawyer could:
- Collect evidence showing your use of the drug in question
- Collect documentation for the that prompted you to pursue legal action
- Obtain the testimony of experts in the medical and legal fields whose testimony may speak to any negligence you have endured
- Refer you to any class action lawsuits or joint lawsuits for which you are eligible
- Launch and file an individual lawsuit in the appropriate court as soon as possible
- Represent you throughout the entirety of your lawsuit
- Defend your rights
You may find a lawyer’s services especially helpful if you are personally battling cancer or helping a loved one who is fighting cancer. If your lawyer is successful in their pursuit of compensation for you, then you could collect compensation for:
- Pain and suffering related to your cancer
- Any funeral or burial costs if you lost your loved one to cancer
- Income you or your loved one lost because of cancer
- Medical costs related to your cancer
- Any additional losses linked to cancer stemming from Zantac or another medication
Speak with a legal team today to learn more about how a lawyer may assist you.
Call Our Team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today
There is no refuting that NDMA is dangerous, and that Zantac contains—and always has contained—unsafe levels of NDMA. If you or a loved one suspect that ranitidine in Zantac or another drug may have caused your cancer, then our team wants to assist your legal fight.
Call our team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (337) 777-7777 for a free consultation.