What is Zantac?
Zantac is an extremely popular antacid medication that’s been for sale since the early 1980s. It’s chemically known as ranitidine hydrochloride and is available over the counter and by prescription.
Zantac is used by many people for acid reflux, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal, throat, and stomach issues. There are also people who use Zantac for allergies as a supplement in their treatment plans.
The dosage of Zantac can vary to between 75 and 150 mg tablets, and in some cases, 300 mg dosages.
What Does the NDMA in Zantac Do?
NDMA was first discovered in the process of manufacturing rocket fuel. Additionally, for over 40 years, various studies have shown the NDMA is dangerous. Today, NDMA only has one purpose: to induce cancer in laboratory experiments.
According to allegations brought forth in various Zantac lawsuits, the manufacturers of Zantac didn’t disclose to the public that Zantac, when ingested, produces very high quantities of NDMA.
What About Human Epidemiological Studies on NDMA and Cancer?
Besides the overwhelming animal studies that link NDMA to cancer, the complaint in the Zantac cancer lawsuits note that there are many human epidemiological studies that explored the effects of exposure to various cancers. These studies include:
Looked at NDMA dietary exposure to humans with 220 cases. The researchers found a 700% increased risk of gastric cancer in people who were exposed to more than 0.51 ng/day of NDMA.
746 cases found a statistically higher rate of gastric cancer in people exposed to more than 0.191 ng/day.
Looked at 2,481 cases of NDMA dietary exposure and found an elevated association between NDMA and exposure and colorectal cancer.
Can Zantac Cause Cancer?
Zantac and its generic active ingredient, ranitidine hcl, when ingested, metabolizes into NDMA which is a chemical that the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the World Health Organization all classify as a carcinogen.
In the last 40 years, numerous studies have helped make a case that Zantac causes cancer. Some of the cancers that have been associated with Zantac include:
- Bladder Cancer
- Colon and Rectal Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Intestinal Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Uterine Cancer
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What Are the Different Brands of Zantac?
Users of Zantac have reported side effects that include abdominal discomfort, headaches, vomiting, and nausea. An online pharmacy company conducted a Food and Drug Administration-approved test of Zantac and found more than 3,000,000 ng (nanograms) of NDMA in Zantac 150mg tablet, a dosage that a lot of people take every single day in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration allows 96 ng of NDMA though the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry says this limit may be too high. Some of the most common brands of Zantac and generic rantidine include:
Zantac Class Action Lawsuits Vs. Zantac Class Action Cancer Lawsuit
The laws on damages vary from state to state, and there are different types of damages that you could receive. These include: medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of future and past earnings, temporary or permanent disability, and other compensatory damages.
In a Zantac class action lawsuit, you could recover the money you spent purchasing the product based on the allegations that the manufacturers of Zantac failed to warn you about the risks associated with NDMA and cancer. The manufacturers of Zantac made a lot of money by hiding the risks associated with their product and they should be held accountable for misleading the public about the risks associated with Zantac.
This type of class action lawsuit can be filed on your behalf if you purchased Zantac and have not developed cancer, but you want to hold the manufacturers accountable for profiting off their false and/or misleading information.
You may file Zantac personal injury or Zantac wrongful death lawsuit if you or a member of your family developed cancer after taking Zantac. People who developed cancer are allowed to file a lawsuit to receive the maximum amount of compensation for their injuries.
What Do The Zantac Lawsuits Allege?
An online pharmacy company conducted a Food and Drug Administration-approved test of Zantac and found more than 3,000,000 ng (nanograms) of NDMA in Zantac 150mg tablet, a dosage that a lot of people take every single day in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration allows 96 ng of NDMA through the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry says this limit may be too high.
According to Zantac lawsuits, if you take a daily maintenance Zantac dosage of 150 mg you are being exposed to 889,000,000 ng. of NDMA a year.
The lawsuits also allege that the manufacturers of Zantac knew or had a reason to know that their product, Zantac, exposes the public to unsafe levels of the cancer-causing chemical NDMA.
According to the lawsuits against Zantac, the manufacturers deliberately refused to test their Zantac products because they knew that the chemical NDMA posed significant health risks to the public.
What About The Class Action Zantac Lawsuits?
- The people who bought Zantac who do not have a claim for cancer could be eligible to join a class-action lawsuit to hold Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim accountable for making alleged misleading and/or false statements about Zantac.
- The manufacturers of Zantac marketed their product as being safe to treat acid reflux, heartburn, and various other issues.