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Zantac Stomach Cancer: What’s the Risk?

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  April 23, 2020   |  

Does Zantac cause stomach cancer? Due to NDMA contamination in Zantac and ranitidine, many are concerned about the potential for gastrointestinal cancers caused by the popular heartburn medication. Here’s what you should know about potential Zantac stomach cancer risk.

Background: NDMA Contamination in Zantac

The FDA announced in late 2019 that it was investigating findings by an independent lab that Zantac (ranitidine) was contaminated with NDMA. NDMA is a potentially cancer-causing chemical.

In April 2020 the FDA issued a warning that Zantac is indeed contaminated with “elevated” levels of NDMA and that ranitidine and Zantac may cause cancer, including stomach cancer (also known as gastric cancer).

In addition to stomach cancer, more than 20 other types of cancer may be connected to Zantac and NDMA ingestion.

Does Zantac cause stomach cancer?

While researchers are continuing to explore potential connections between various forms of cancer and ranitidine, evidence suggests that contaminated Zantac may cause stomach cancer.

Zantac Stomach Cancer Risk - Riddle & BrantleyAccording to a report by the World Health Organization, “NDMA consumption is positively associated with either gastric or colorectal cancer.” Gastric cancer is another term for stomach cancer.

An earlier study in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention similarly found that NDMA ingestion may increase the incidence of stomach cancer.

In a late 2019 report on Zantac NDMA contamination, the FDA reported that NDMA levels found in Zantac were “unacceptably” high, so it is certainly within the realm of possibility that NDMA-contaminated Zantac causes stomach cancer.

NDMA is considered a “probable human carcinogen” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and WHO, and is actually used to cause cancer in laboratory animals. The likelihood of an association between stomach cancer and Zantac is high, based on available evidence.

We will continue to update this information as more data on Zantac stomach cancer risk becomes available. It has been reported that research is underway at Sloan Memorial Cancer Center to better understand the cancer risks associated with Zantac and ranitidine.

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Have you taken Zantac and been diagnosed with stomach cancer (or another type of cancer)?

FEBRUARY 2023 UPDATE: Due to recent developments in the litigation, our firm is no longer accepting Zantac claims. Please stay tuned to our website for the latest information and updates.

If you’ve taken brand-name Zantac for more than six months and been diagnosed with gastric (stomach) cancer or another type of qualifing cancer, you may be entitled to compensation.

Zantac Stomach Cancer Claim - Riddle & Brantley Zantac LawyersFor a FREE consultation with a Zantac cancer lawsuit attorney, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the short form below.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, the federal MDL has limited the Zantac claims we can accept to bladder, esophageal, stomach, liver, and pancreatic cancers only. We understand that other cancers may be linked, but we are unfortunately unable to assist with these claims at this time due to evidence and recent court rulings.

There are no upfront costs and there are never any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.

Zantac stomach cancer risk is likely and based on the available evidence, at least 20 different types of cancer may be linked to contaminated 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.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

IMPORTANT: If you are taking over-the-counter Zantac or ranitidine, the FDA advises you to stop taking this medication and seek Zantac alternatives. If you are taking prescription Zantac or ranitidine, talk with your doctor right away.

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.

Why Riddle & Brantley?

FEBRUARY 2023 UPDATE: Due to recent developments in the litigation, our firm is no longer accepting Zantac claims. Please stay tuned to our website for the latest information and updates.

Riddle & Brantley has been holding drug companies accountable for dangerous drugs since 1985. Our attorneys have more than 220+ years of combined legal experience and our team is led by Gene Riddle, an award-winning injury attorney (see disclaimer below).

In 2014, Gene was honored with the Litigator Award. He is also a member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Super Lawyers. He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and maintains a prestigious AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell (see disclaimer below).

In more than three decades of service to injury victims, we have recovered several multi-million dollar settlements (see disclaimer below) and are proud of the way our clients describe their experience working with us:

“They turned a heartbreaking situation completely around.”

-Tonya Taylor, Riddle & Brantley client

Remember, there are no upfront costs and absolutely no attorney fees unless we win your Zantac cancer lawsuit and you receive financial compensation.

Now is the time to file a Zantac cancer claim if you have been diagnosed with stomach cancer (or another type of cancer) after using brand-name Zantac. Thousands of Zantac lawsuits are anticipated and potential Zantac compensation may total billions of dollars.

For a FREE consultation with an experienced dangerous drug attorney handling Zantac cancer claims, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below.

There is no obligation and we only get paid if we win compensation for you.

Justice Counts for those diagnosed with stomach cancer or another type of cancer potentially as a result of using NDMA-contaminated Zantac, and we would love to help you if we can.


***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). 

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