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FDA Zantac Warning: Potential Cancer Risk

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  April 1, 2020   |  

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an urgent order asking companies to stop selling all forms of the popular heartburn medication Zantac based on contamination by the potentially cancer-causing chemical NDMA.

IMPORTANT: If you take Zantac or its generic equivalent, ranitidine, the FDA has issued an urgent warning that this medication may be contaminated with potentially cancer-causing NDMA. The FDA advises patients to stop taking over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine to stop taking the medication immediately. Those who take prescription Zantac are encouraged to contact their prescribing physician immediately to discuss potential alternatives.

FDA Zantac Warning- Riddle & BrantleyAccording to a statement by the FDA, “As a result of this immediate market withdrawal request, ranitidine products will not be available for new or existing prescriptions or OTC use in the U.S.”

Zantac is the brand medication of the generic equivalent ranitidine.

The FDA had previously issued a voluntary Zantac recall in early 2020, and major pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS and RiteAid pulled Zantac and generic ranitidine from their shelves in late 2019.

Today, the FDA significantly increased its action against Zantac and generic ranitidine, sending letters to all manufacturers requesting that Zantac and ranitidine be pulled from the market immediately.

“We decided that it [Zantac] should not be available to consumers and patients unless its quality can be assured.”

Dr. Janet Woodcock, Director, FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

The FDA noted in its statement that potentially cancer-causing NDMA has not been detected in certain Zantac alternatives like famotidine (Pepcid), omeprazole (Prilosec), cimetidine (Tagamet), esomeprazole (Nexium), and lansoprazole (Prevacid).

FDA Zantac Warning: Evidence of Cancer-Causing Contamination in Zantac

For months, pressure on Zantac manufacturer Sanofi and generic ranitidine manufacturers has mounted as the FDA, independent labs and patients have confronted a disturbing question: does Zantac cause cancer?

In the summer of 2019, an independent lab published alarming data showing that many ranitidine samples it had tested were contaminated with NDMA. The chemical NDMA is classified by the FDA as a “probable human carcinogen,” meaning that it can cause cancer in humans.

As reports of a possible Zantac-cancer connection spread, Zantac lawsuits began to be filed by those who had taken the popular heartburn medication and been diagnosed with cancer.

In February 2020, hundreds of Zantac lawsuits were consolidated into Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) proceedings in the Southern District of Florida.


Have you taken Zantac and been diagnosed with cancer?

If you’ve taken prescription Zantac and been diagnosed with cancer, potential NDMA contamination may be responsible and you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Cancers potentially caused by NDMA-contaminated Zantac include:

For a FREE consultation with a Zantac cancer lawsuit lawyer at Riddle & Brantley, please call 1-800-525-7111.

There is no obligation and there are no upfront costs or attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.

Zantac Cancer Lawsuit - Riddle & BrantleyWe believe Justice Counts and our dangerous drug lawyers are committed to holding potentially negligent drug companies accountable.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your case. You may be eligible for a Zantac lawsuit and be entitled to significant financial compensation.

For more than three decades, the law firm of Riddle & Brantley has been holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for potential negligence. Our attorneys have more than 225 years of combined legal experience and we fight tirelessly for injured victims.

Riddle & Brantley is led by founding partner and attorney Gene Riddle, who is a member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Super Lawyers, and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. He has been recognized with the 2014 Litigator Award and has earned a prestigious AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell (see disclaimer below).

“If Zantac was contaminated with potentially cancer-causing NDMA, victims deserve justice and we’re committed to fighting for them.”

-Gene Riddle, attorney and founding partner, Riddle & Brantley

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