In the last few years, Zantac has fallen into the category of many other antacids. However, Zantac may cause its users cancer. The development of cancer doesn’t stem directly from the primary active ingredient. Instead, it comes from a contaminant that Zantac failed to identify before releasing it to the public. When learning of the contamination, Zantac failed to notify the public or withdraw their products from the shelves.
While many families across the United States are reeling from unexpected cancer diagnoses, they may wonder, how will we recover? The questions surrounding cancer recovery can span greatly. Questions include what treatment options are available to the victim, and how can the family afford treatment. All too often, victims of Zantac cancer don’t realize that there are financial relief options available through product liability lawsuits. They can hold the manufacturer of the contaminated product responsible for their lack of ethical conduct.
FDA News on Zantac
On April 1, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a lengthy news release about Ranitidine products, specifically, Zantac. They confirmed what many professionals have suspected that Zantac has a direct link to cancer. The news released exposed that Zantac, a common over-the-counter heartburn and sour stomach medication, contains a contaminant. That contaminant is N-Nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA.
Zantac NDMA contamination facts:
- NDMA is a known probable human carcinogen.
- The contamination stems from impurity in the product.
- NDMA in Zantac can increase over time, making it more likely that a long-held product could lead to higher risks of cancer.
- Risks of NDMA impurities leading to cancer can increase when storing the product above room temperatures.
The final decision is that all Ranitidine products will no longer be available in the United States. This recall includes Zantac and all generic alternatives that are over-the-counter and prescription medications. The FDA recalled Zantac from all shelves across the nation. There is no plan to allow them back at any time in the future. If you have Zantac in your medicine cabinet at home, then you should consider discontinuing any use of the products.
Contaminants in Zantac
The contaminant, NDMA, is present in most regular diets in safe-to-consume amounts given that it occurs naturally. Those who are experiencing the business impact of NDMA contamination claim that the NDMA contaminant is present in nature. NDMA is in outdoor air, rivers, lakes, and even soil. However, the naturally occurring volume of NDMA isn’t something that would lead to substantial development of stomach cancer, which is the risk of ingesting Zantac.
Zantac and all generic forms contain far more than the FDA approved amount, which marks the safe level for consumption. Some believe that each Zantac tablet or dose could contain thousands of times over the recommended save amount of NDMA. The impurity levels vary per batch and per tablet, but the continuous presence has confirmed the medical community’s suspicions. Zantac has a clear connection with multiple types of cancer.
Could You Have Cancer from Zantac?
Yes, it is possible that you or a close family member who took Zantac could have cancer. Cancer often presents odd or very few symptoms until it has developed extensively. Zantac, unlike proton pump inhibitors, has a connection to many types of cancer, not just one or two.
Zantac use carries the risk of developing any of these types of cancers:
- Esophageal cancer
- Brain cancer
- Lung cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Liver cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Colon cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Testicular cancer
Any of these types of cancers can lead to substantial life changes, or even carry the risk of death. Treatment for cancer varies depending on the person, their physical health, and the type of cancer. However, many families will experience their loved ones going through chemotherapy, radiation, or surgical procedures to survive cancer. For those families, it is upsetting and frustrating that merely avoiding the use of Zantac would have meant avoiding a cancer diagnosis.
Legal Options for Zantac Victims
For people who took this heartburn medication and then received a cancer diagnosis, the victim or their surviving family can likely sue the manufacturer. The manufacturer who failed to notify the public or respond to the contaminant should take responsibility. The extent of that responsibility should include all hardships that the victim and their family experienced because of their failure.
Zantac victims should carefully consider the possibility of recovering damages, such as:
- Medical bills
- Debt resulting from medical needs such as pharmaceutical products needed at home.
- Costs of all prescriptions.
- Costs of transportation for medical appointments, surgeries, and recovery treatments.
- Any loss of organs or physical element, or loss of use of organ from cancer.
- Loss of life moments—weddings, funerals, graduations, and more.
- Loss of enjoyment of life—hardship experienced during treatment ending hobbies, and desire for joy.
The suffering, difficulties, and pain that the victims of Zantac associated cancer are nearly endless. Many victims have found themselves to renew their joy in life after going through the trauma of therapy and treatment for cancer. It wasn’t because of bad luck, or a genetic disposition to one particular cancer, but the apparent negligence of a product manufacturer. The legal options for financial recovery stem from civil action against the manufacturer.
You Deserve Compensation
Recovery is possible in two forms, first medical, and then financially. Drugs and other treatments for cancer can often range between $10,000 and $30,000 per month. Most families in the United States can’t afford those costs. The financial difficulty may put the victim and their family into medical debt. Medical debt is often extreme and may take the rest of their life to pay off.
When you consider the financial struggles and the hardship experienced during treatment and the life-changing factors, it seems impossible to put a value on the damages. Legal action is the primary option for many victims. A product manufacturing attorney for Zantac cancer can help you assess the full debt due to medical demands and other pain and suffering damages. Working alongside an attorney can allow you to plan for a financial recovery strategy while you focus on your medical recovery and treatment plan. Contact the Silver and Silver law offices to file your claim against Zantac for their role in your cancer diagnosis.