North Carolina Zantac (ranitidine) Lawyer
NC Zantac Users: Critical Information, Cancer Danger, and Legal Notice
The popular heartburn medication ranitidine, more popularly known as Zantac, was recently discovered to have low levels of a cancer-causing substance called nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The drug itself has been available for decades and is reportedly one of America’s most-prescribed medications.
The FDA’s notice of NDMA contamination in September 2019 caused many retailers to pull the Zantac brand and generic versions of the medication from store shelves. Pharmaceutical giant Sanofi and several generic drug makers have issued a recall.
Was the danger present from the beginning?
Based on lab tests, NDMA has been classified as a probable human carcinogen. Valisure, a Connecticut-based pharmacy and laboratory, discovered the NDMA and alerted the FDA. Unlike the recent recall of blood pressure medications with NDMA contamination, the problem with ranitidine is not traceable to a manufacturing process.
In fact, the potential to cause cancer may have been present from the very beginning. The FDA studied the drug’s reactions with fluids like those in the stomach and intestines, but found no evidence that Zantac formed carcinogens. Valisure’s testing found that, when certain nitrites (preservative chemicals found in some foods) were present, one pill could produce levels of NDMA more than 3,100 times the FDA’s daily recommended threshold.
Stanford University researchers also found elevated levels of NDMA in Zantac users back in 2016. In fact, studies conducted in the 1980s raised safety concerns. Glaxo Research Group, the drug’s originator, performed its own study in 1987, and found that there was no significant increase in NDMA. That study’s testing methods were reportedly inaccurate and discarded some relevant results.
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Thousands of lawsuits are expected over Zantac and its generic equivalents, alleging that a fundamental defect in the active ingredient, ranitidine, can react within the body to produce a carcinogen in quantities that exceed FDA thresholds by thousands of times. Damages sought range from those seeking refunds for their purchase of the product to those who claim to have suffered medical problems from its use.
Exposure to a dangerous contaminant or drug can bring on tragic, life-changing consequences. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we understand what you’re going through and the battles to come. We’re prepared to fight for the people who have been injured, and the families who are affected, by Zantac.
If you have taken Zantac for more than one year and were later diagnosed with colorectal, bladder, kidney, lung, liver, pancreatic, stomach or prostate cancer, the time to act is now. Speak with your physician about your Zantac usage, and contact us here or call us at 1-866-900-7078 today. We’re currently investigating claims. You may be eligible for compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Other injury-related expenses
We’re on your side, from start to finish.