When your doctor prescribes or recommends that you take a medication, you expect it to be safe. You expect that the medication will treat or cure your illness, not injure you further. That is why it is so devastating to be harmed by a medication. This medication that was supposed to rid you of your illness has only caused further ailments. Having to now deal with not only the original illness, but also the new ailment can be a frustrating, frightening, and difficult experience.
If you or a loved one has taken Zantac (Ranitidine) and has been diagnosed with cancer, you are not alone.
Ranitidine is found in over-the-counter and prescription medications often used to cure digestive health ailments. Over-the-counter ranitidine is commonly used to relieve or prevent heartburn, while prescription-strength ranitidine is used to treat or prevent more serious issues such as ulcers in the stomach or intestines.
On April 1, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement requesting that all manufacturers withdraw Zantac and ranitidine products immediately. This comes just months after the FDA announced that it found the levels of NDMA in ranitidine products to be above the acceptable daily limit. N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA is a known carcinogen that has been investigated by other organizations such as the World Health Organization.
In the ongoing FDA investigation, the FDA has determined that the levels of NDMA contaminant in the medication increase over time and when stored at higher-than-normal temperatures, pose a grave risk to human health. Sustained high levels of exposure to NDMA from ranitidine products has been linked to certain types of cancers.
NDMA exposure from ranitidine products has been linked to cancers such as:
- Bladder Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Colorectal/Intestinal Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Gastric/Stomach Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Uterine Cancer
If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of taking ranitidine products or Zantac, please call us today. During your free consultation, we’ll let you know all of your options and give you the guidance you need.
The Huntsville, AL personal injury and product liability lawyers at Martinson & Beason want to help you get justice for your pain and suffering. Your claim could compensate you for your hospital bills, surgical expenses, emotional trauma, and other losses.