Zantac Recall

Zantac/Ranitidine Recall Information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested on April 1, 2020 that all manufacturers withdraw all Zantac and generic Zantac OTC ranitidine drugs from the market immediately. The FDA determined that N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in some ranitidine medications “increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures and may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels…”

It has been largely overshadowed by bigger health news over the past two months, but there was a recent major drug recall involving Zantac and any generic equivalents. The United States Food and Drug Administration has asked any manufacturers making drugs that contain ranitidine to remove them from the market. The issue is that evidence may be starting to show that ranitidine can increase the risk of cancer with exposure over time. The reason for this is that it contains nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which can be dangerous when it is stored above room temperature. Health organizations around the world are now classifying nitrosodimethylamine as a cancer-causing agent.

Zantac

Zantac is a drug used to treat stomach and gastrointestinal issues like heartburn and acid reflux. It is in the drug class of H2 blockers. These drugs inhibit how much acid is produced by the stomach during digestion. Zantac is available both over the counter and by prescription, and has been available for about 40 years. In most cases, the recommended dose is between 75 and 105 mgs a day.

There has long been the suspicion that NDMA has a link to cancer. More and more studies are showing that not only can it be dangerous in certain amounts, but that drug companies may even have concealed evidence of this throughout the years. Zantac is taken by millions of people every day, and all of them may have been overexposed to this potentially deadly ingredient. The reason for the possible deception is that Zantac was the very first drug to have sales figures that rose past $1 billion. A lot is at stake for drug companies.

Ranitidine Timeline

The investigation into Zantac by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started on September 13, 2019. The reason for the investigation was that they had recently tested a small sample of Zantac, and discovered extremely high levels of NDMA. In fact, the levels were approximately 3000 times higher than their recommended daily limit. With the announcement of the investigation, patients around the country who had been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac began looking into legal options for compensation.

After a brief investigation, the FDA took the step on April 1, 2020, to request that manufacturers of Zantac and its equivalents pull the drugs from the market. They found while they were testing that if ranitidine was stored in temperatures above room temperatures, NDMA levels grew over time and reached dangerous levels as time went on.

Many manufacturers had already voluntarily issued recalls of their drugs, including GlaxoSmithKline, Sandoz, and Apotex before the recall request. This is because an online pharmacy, Valisure, had already conducted their own testing on the drugs and found the issue with the NDMA levels themselves. Their petition to the FDA helped trigger the market-wide recall as well.

Major retailers who sell Zantac and the general equivalents had also already started taking the products off of their shelves as far back as September 2019, including Walgreens and CVS. They offered refunds for any unused Zantac that patients may have in their homes, as well.

Sanofi recalled their Zantac product in October in both the United States and CAnada. Teva Pharmaceuticals followed through during the same month by pulling it in the United Kingdom. As of this time, 22 countries have taken measures to remove ranitidine from their markets through bans, shipping cancellations, and recalls. Several other countries have issued safety warnings and started investigations into the possible dangers of the drugs. It’s interesting to note that in 2018 there was a large recall effort aimed at blood pressure medications that were found to have high levels of NDMA. In those cases, the amount of NDMA found was much smaller than with Zantac.

Side Effects of Zantac

For several decades, studies have demonstrated links between Zantac and cancer. However, it is only recently that these links have been solidified and action has been taken. The many cancers that are linked include:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastric/Stomach Cancer
  • Intestinal Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer (non-smokers ONLY)
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer

On top of cancer side effects, Zantac is known to cause nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain and discomfort, and headaches.

Brands Affected by the Recall

There are several products and brands affected by the recall. These include:

  • Zantac 150
  • Zantac 150 Maximum Strength
  • Zantac 150 Maximum Strength Cool Mint
  • Zantac 75
  • Wal-Zan 150
  • Wal-Zan 75
  • Heartburn Relief
  • Acid Reducer
  • Acid Control
  • Zantac Lawsuits

As a result of the recall and the dangers of taking ranitidine, law firms around the country are working with patients to hold the manufacturers of the drugs responsible. If you have taken these medications and been diagnosed with cancer, then you may have legal recourse to receive compensation. Your best option is to contact a trusted personal injury attorney for help. You may even be able to get compensation if you took Zantac and have not developed cancer. Simply being put in danger by the prescription may make you eligible.

To join a class action involving Zantac, you must be able to prove that you have purchased the drug. You do not have to prove there was any specific harm done. You can also file a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit against the drug manufacturers if you or a loved one developed cancer that can be linked to Zantac. There are several types of damage compensation that you may be entitled to. You could get damages for lost wages, mental suffering, disability, medical bills, and any other negative circumstances related to a cancer diagnosis. If you think you have a case against the manufacturers of Zantac or it’s generic equivalents, then contact an experienced personal injury lawyer right away to fight for your rights.

Zantac Lawsuits

As a result of the recall and the dangers of taking ranitidine, law firms around the country are working with patients to hold the manufacturers of the drugs responsible. If you have taken these medications and been diagnosed with cancer, then you may have legal recourse to receive compensation. Your best option is to contact a trusted personal injury attorney for help. You may even be able to get compensation if you took Zantac and have not developed cancer. Simply being put in danger by the prescription may make you eligible.

To join a class action involving Zantac, you must be able to prove that you have purchased the drug. You do not have to prove there was any specific harm done. You can also file a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit against the drug manufacturers if you or a loved one developed cancer that can be linked to Zantac. There are several types of damage compensation that you may be entitled to. You could get damages for lost wages, mental suffering, disability, medical bills, and any other negative circumstances related to a cancer diagnosis. If you think you have a case against the manufacturers of Zantac or it’s generic equivalents, then contact an experienced personal injury lawyer right away to fight for your rights.

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