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Zantac Brain Cancer: Is There a Connection?

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  April 29, 2020   |  

Does Zantac cause brain cancer? After the FDA determined that Zantac and generic ranitidine are contaminated with a potentially cancer-causing chemical, NDMA, scientists are racing to determine which cancers may be caused by Zantac. Brain cancer is currently thought to be caused by elevated levels of NDMA (found in Zantac), based on available evidence. This post is intended to help those who have taken Zantac or ranitidine evaluate potential Zantac brain cancer risk.

Many people who have taken Zantac may be at risk for brain cancer, as well as more than 20 other types of cancer.

If you believe your brain cancer (or another type of cancer) was caused by contaminated brand-name Zantac, please call our experienced Zantac lawyers today at 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE consultation.

Zantac Brain Cancer RiskWe will investigate your claim at no charge, and you will only pay attorney fees if we win your case and recover financial compensation for you.

We believe Justice Counts for victims of dangerous drugs and we would love to help you if we can. Call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your case.

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 is NDMA? And does the NDMA in Zantac cause brain cancer?

NDMA (N- nitrosodimethylamine) is a semi-volatile organic chemical known to be toxic and cancer-causing, potentially in the brain as well as other organs. Even small amounts can permanently alter DNA and cause damage. It is classified as a B2 carcinogen, which means it is a “probable human carcinogen.” Exposure to large amounts of NDMA (such as found in Zantac) is believed to potentially cause brain cancer, among other types of cancer.

Cancers potentially caused by contaminated Zantac and ranitidine include:

A link between Zantac and brain cancer?

Zantac contains a chemical called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a substance that has caused cancer in animals and could potentially cause brain cancer in humans. The FDA advises the public against ingesting elevated levels of NDMA.

Zantac Brain Cancer Claim - Riddle & Brantley Zantac LawyersAlthough food and water may naturally contain trace amounts of NDMA, the known levels of this chemical in food and water aren’t enough to cause actual harm, such as brain cancer. However, one 150mg tablet of ranitidine (the generic name for Zantac) showed more than 47,000 nanograms of NDMA in urine samples tested during a 2016 study published by Oxford University Press. The FDA daily limit on NDMA intake is just 96 nanograms.

The FDA has called levels of NDMA detected in Zantac “unacceptable.”

The authors of the 2016 study also noted that NDMA is also metabolized in the body before reaching the urine. Thus, the actual amount of NDMA in the body could be much higher than detected.

But what does other research say about NDMA (found in Zantac at elevated levels) and brain cancer?

A landmark study cited by the Environmental Protection Agency previously connected NDMA ingestion by laboratory animals with increased occurrence of brain cancer.

Further reinforcing the potential link between NDMA as found in Zantac and brain cancer is a study in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology. In this study, researchers reported finding NDMA in post-mortem brain samples, indicating that NDMA is capable of passing through the so-called “blood-brain barrier.”

Taken together, this evidence suggests that there may be a connection between NDMA-contaminated Zantac and brain cancer and that those who have taken Zantac or ranitidine should be aware of potential Zantac brain cancer risk.

So… does Zantac cause brain cancer?

While a definitive, causal link between Zantac and brain cancer has not been established, available scientific research has connected NDMA with brain cancer and the Zantac brain cancer risk seems elevated.

What should I do if I took Zantac and now have brain cancer?

If you have taken Zantac (ranitidine) and developed brain cancer, you aren’t alone. Individuals across the United States are now taking legal action against pharmaceutical manufacturers for allegedly ignoring warning signs and failing to disclose the health risks of their medications.

If you’ve taken brand-name Zantac (or a mix of brand-name and generic versions) and been diagnosed with brain cancer or another type of cancer, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 today for a FREE case review with an experienced Zantac lawsuit attorney.

Remember, your health is the number one priority.

After talking with your doctor about your health, you may want to contact a dangerous drugs attorney handling Zantac cancer claims at Riddle & Brantley. One of our attorneys will listen to you, answer your questions and let you know if we believe you have a claim against one of the manufacturers of Zantac or ranitidine.

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 for your Zantac claim or lawsuit?

You deserve a law firm that cares. When Riddle & Brantley evaluates your Zantac brain cancer claim (or other type of cancer claim) you’ll be served by experienced Zantac lawsuit attorneys with more than 225 years of combined legal experience.

Zantac Brain Cancer Lawyers - Riddle & BrantleyMany of our attorneys are members of prestigious membership organizations such as Million Dollar Advocates, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates, Super Lawyers, and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (see disclaimer below).

Managing partner Gene Riddle has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s top rating of AV Preeminent and is additionally the recipient of the 2014 Litigator Award (see disclaimer below). He and his team of attorneys have won many million and multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of injured victims in more than 30 years of service (see disclaimer below).

To get started with your potential Zantac brain cancer claim (or another type of cancer claim), please call 1-800-525-7111.

We are a supportive, compassionate law firm with attorneys and staff that care for our clients and their families. In fact, we strive to treat every client like family.

“It was nice to see Riddle & Brantley put me and my needs first.”

R. Colley, Riddle & Brantley client

We will carefully listen to you, so we understand your needs, questions and goals regarding your potential Zantac cancer lawsuit or claim. We believe Justice Counts for victims who have potentially suffered from brain cancer or other cancers as a result of using contaminated Zantac or ranitidine.

At Riddle & Brantley, our qualified team of Zantac attorneys will evaluate your individual case. The evaluation is always free, and we don’t get paid unless you are compensated.

For a FREE consultation about your potentially Zantac-related brain cancer or other type of cancer, please call us at 1-800-525-7111 or fill out the short form below.

To get started on your case and potentially receive compensation for the cancer you have suffered, please contact us today.

Justice Counts for you and your loved ones. The attorneys and staff at Riddle & Brantley are here to help. Let us help you so you can get back to the life you want to live.

“Justice Counts for everyone. Drug companies whose medications potentially cause cancer must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

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

Please call 1-800-525-7111 or fill out the quick form below for a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Zantac cancer lawyer about your brain cancer (other type of cancer) claim.

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Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your potential Zantac brain cancer claim (or claim for any other cancer potentially linked to brand-name Zantac)

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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).