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What Kind of Cancer Does Zantac Cause?

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  April 13, 2020   |  

What Kind of Cancer Does Zantac Cause - Riddle & BrantleyThe Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered all ranitidine medications, sold under the brand name Zantac, taken off store shelves. This order is tied to concerns that Zantac is contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical called NDMA. The FDA has ordered Zantac and generic ranitidine manufacturers to stop selling all prescriptions and over-the-counter varieties of this medication. Many patients are wondering “What kind of cancer does Zantac cause?”

IMPORTANT: A Zantac lawyer at Riddle & Brantley can help you seek compensation for cancer potentially caused by brand-name Zantac. For a FREE, no-obligation consultation concerning a lawsuit involving Zantac and cancer, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below. There is no obligation, and we don’t get paid unless you do. If we don’t recover Zantac lawsuit compensation for you, you won’t pay any attorney fees.

In this article, we’ll detail what types of cancer Zantac may cause, and how those who have suffered cancer potentially due to Zantac may seek compensation.

Kinds of Cancer Potentially Caused by Zantac

The connection between Zantac and cancer risk continues to be explored. While it is not entirely known what cancers NDMA-contaminated Zantac may cause — a research study is currently underway at Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center — the following cancers may potentially be caused by Zantac:

If you are experiencing Zantac cancer symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. And if you’ve suffered one of the qualifying cancers after taking brand-name Zantac, please call our Zantac lawyers at 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

IMPORTANT: A federal judge recently ruled against lawsuits concerning generic Zantac. At this point, we can only accept cases concerning use of brand-name Zantac OR “mixed” use of brand-name Zantac and generic equivalents.

What Kind of Cancer Does Zantac Cause: Research Continues

What Type of Cancer Does Zantac Cause - Riddle & BrantleyThe links between Zantac and cancer are still coming into focus. Zantac may cause other cancers due to its potential NDMA contamination. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

If you’ve taken Zantac and been diagnosed with any of the cancers listed above, you may have a case for financial compensation.

For a FREE consultation with a Zantac lawsuit lawyer, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the short form below.

There is no obligation and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.

What is Zantac?

Zantac is a popular over the counter (OTC) medication used to prevent and treat heartburn, or acid reflux. This type of medication is also called an antacid. The generic substitute for Zantac is ranitidine.

Zantac and other antacids work by reducing the production of acid in the stomach.

Heartburn, or acid reflux, is one of the most common medical conditions in the United States.  The American College of Gastroenterology reports that 60 million Americans have heartburn at least once a month. Millions have taken Zantac for heartburn, potentially placing them at risk for NDMA-contaminated Zantac cancer.

Zantac (ranitidine) is used to treat:

  • Heartburn (acid reflux)
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Stress-induced ulcers
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GAR)
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
  • Hives (off label use)
  • Anaphylaxis (secondary treatment)

In October 2019 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that Zantac and certain other generic formulations of ranitidine are contaminated with NDMA (N- nitrosodimethylamine) – a dangerous chemical that potentially causes cancer.

This warning was followed by the FDA recall of Zantac and other ranitidine-containing medications.

What is NDMA?

Allegations that Zantac causes cancer stem from the presence of a chemical contaminant called NDMA, or N-Nitrosodimethylamine.

NDMA is a semi-volatile organic chemical known to be toxic and cancer-causing to the liver as well as other organs.  Even small amounts may be linked to liver damage. It is an environmental contaminant found in water, meat, dairy, and vegetables. It is classified as a B2 carcinogen, meaning it is a probable human carcinogen.

Exposure to large amounts of NDMA is thought to cause gastric or colorectal cancer, according to the World Health Organization. In fact, NDMA has been used to create cancer in rats in lab testing.

The medication sold as Zantac (ranitidine) has been connected to high levels of a cancer-causing impurity and has been recalled.  If you developed cancer following long-term use of Zantac (or a combination of the brand-name and generic versions), you could have legal options for compensation.

The Zantac lawsuit lawyers at Riddle & Brantley may be able to help.

You may qualify for a Zantac lawsuit if you meet the following criteria:

  • Used brand-name Zantac only
  • Suffered from at least one of the following cancers:
    • Bladder cancer
    • Liver cancer
    • Stomach cancer
    • Esophageal cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Lung cancer
    • Colorectal cancer
    • Prostate cancer
  • Must have used brand-name Zantac after October 1984
  • Must have used brand-name Zantac for a minimum of one year
  • Must have used brand-name Zantac once per week for a minimum of six months
  • Must have been diagnosed with a qualifying cancer within 20 years of last dose
  • Must not have been a smoker in the past 20 years if diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Must be 64 years of age or younger at the time of diagnosis if diagnosed with prostate cancer

Certain other criteria may apply. For a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Zantac lawsuit attorney, please call 1-800-525-7111.

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Beyond the cancer danger of Zantac or ranitidine, NDMA poses other dangers. In animals and humans, exposure has led to liver damage and in larger amounts, even death. There is also reason to believe that NDMA may harm a human fetus. When pregnant mice were fed NDMA, their babies were either born dead or died shortly after birth.

IMPORTANT: A federal judge recently ruled against lawsuits concerning generic Zantac. At this point, we can only accept cases concerning use of brand-name Zantac OR “mixed” use of brand-name Zantac and generic equivalents.

Generic Zantac and Cancer: What Are the Cancer Risks of Ranitidine?

Last year 90% of the drugs sold in the United States were generic. Of those generic drugs, 80% were at least partly made overseas, where labor costs are much lower. Many times, insurance companies only cover the least expensive version of a medication, so the demand for generics is high.

Keeping the cost of medications low may come with a price.

It may mean less quality control, says David Gortler, PharmD, a pharmacology expert and former FDA medical officer.

“There’s a problem endemic in generic drugs manufactured overseas, particularly in countries like China and India,” says Gortler. “There really should be no risk of cancer-causing impurities with ranitidine, when the drug is produced correctly. The NDMA content is at least 30 orders of magnitude over what it should be in one test. Other lots could be higher or lower than that, but nobody is testing these cheap generic drugs, including the FDA.”

It is important to note that if you have heartburn or acid reflux there are other medications you can use.  These Zantac alternative medications do not include ranitidine and may be safer to use.

Be sure to talk to your doctor about other medications that are available.

IMPORTANT: A federal judge recently ruled against lawsuits concerning generic Zantac. At this point, we can only accept cases concerning use of brand-name Zantac OR “mixed” use of brand-name Zantac and generic equivalents.

Why Riddle & Brantley?

You deserve a law firm that cares. When you hire Riddle & Brantley for your Zantac case, you’ll get more than 220+ years of combined legal experience working on your behalf. Since 2000 alone, we’ve recovered more than $600 million in compensation for victims of others’ negligence (see disclaimer below).

We are a supportive law firm that truly cares for our clients. We will carefully listen to you, so we understand your needs, questions, and goals. We invite you to review our client testimonials to see what people think of their experience working with our attorneys and staff.

“Drug companies whose negligence results in injury or death must be held accountable.”

–Gene Riddle, managing partner at Riddle & Brantley

Zantac Lawsuit Lawyer - Riddle & Brantley in North CarolinaIf you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after taking brand-name Zantac, please call 1-800-525-7111 or fill out the quick form below for a FREE, no-obligation consultation with a Zantac attorney at Riddle & Brantley.

Zantac lawsuits have been consolidated into multi-district litigation (MDL), with initial trials anticipated to begin in late 2021 or 2022. We are still accepting these cases, however, and it is not too late to file a claim.

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If you decide to hire us, we will work tirelessly on your case and answer any questions you have. We care about our clients and their families. We want to take the stress off your shoulders so you can get back to your life.

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  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Gene Riddle and Darren Dawson)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Gene Riddle, Chris Brantley, and Darren Dawson)
  • Super Lawyers (Gene Riddle, Adam Smith, and Darren Dawson)
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (Gene Riddle)
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (Gene Riddle and Darren Dawson)
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Please call 1-800-525-7111 today to speak with a Zantac cancer lawsuit attorney. We will evaluate your case and advise you on your best legal options for seeking compensation.

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***Disclaimer: No settlement agreement has been reached in any litigation regarding ranitidine (ZANTAC®), including in the Multidistrict Litigation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (case no. 20-MD-2924). 

*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.