On April 1, the F.D.A. announced a recall of all ranitidine products from the market. The F.D.A. is investigating whether an impurity in Zantac poses a cancer risk to users. Some batches of Zantac have been found to contain a contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). When Zantac is stored at higher temperatures, levels of this contaminant can increase over time, putting users at risk of being exposed to unacceptable levels of the contaminant. While the F.D.A. notes that no unacceptable levels were found upon their initial testing, the agency doesn’t know how long-term storage of the drug might affect these levels. Some tests have revealed levels in the drug substantially in excess of acceptable levels of risk. Higher levels of heat storage can also have an impact on the levels of NDMA in the product. As a result, Zantac has been pulled from the shelves and consumers that have the product in their medicine cabinets have been asked to throw away any unused product.
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The National Law Review reports that Zantac is a common heartburn medication, known as an H2 blocker. Zantac can block histamines in the stomach, which can prevent heartburn. It is also used for those who suffer from ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux, and other conditions.
What are the risks of NDMA? NDMA is a known carcinogen. According to the World Health Organization, NDMA has been linked to gastric and colorectal cancer. While low levels of exposure to NDMA are not linked to cancer, higher levels increase a person’s cancer risk. There is concern that as molecules of the medication break down in a person’s intestinal tract, NDMA can climb to dangerous, carcinogenic levels.
NDMA is also associated with liver damage. According to Healthline, NDMA is “extremely toxic to the liver.” And “even small amounts may be linked to liver damage.”
So, what should you do if you regularly take Zantac or have Zantac in your medicine cabinet? First, the F.D.A. recommends that individuals throw away any unused products, this includes Zantac tablets and liquid products. Generic versions of Zantac include products containing ranitidine. Second, if you regularly take Zantac, or other over the counter heartburn medications, the F.D.A. recommends that you consult with your doctor regarding other over the counter options.
If you have taken Zantac regularly, or if you are concerned that your use of Zantac may be the cause of your cancer, you should speak to your doctor and consider whether you have the right to file a Zantac lawsuit. Zantac was only recently recalled, but lawsuits in several states have already been filed. Blizzard Law, PLLC is a Zantac lawsuit law firm currently accepting cases for clients who have developed cancer after usingZantac. Contact our Zantac lawyer today to learn more.
NDMA is associated with a wide range of cancers. These cancers include:
Other types of cancers also associated with high level exposure to NDMA include:
If you have been diagnosed with any of these cancers and regularly took Zantac, either through prescription or over the counter use, you may be able to join a growing number of people pursuing Zantac lawsuits. Blizzard Law, PLLC is a Zantac lawsuit law firm that may be able to assist you. Contact us today to learn more.
In order to pursue a Zantac lawsuit, you’ll need to show the following:
If you have questions about whether your cancer diagnosis might be linked to Zantac use, talk to your doctor, and consider speaking to Blizzard Law, PLLC, a Zantac lawsuit law firm today. Our attorneys are currently accepting cases for clients who may have developed cancer after being exposed to NDMA in Zantac products.
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