Zantac is an over-the-counter drug used for the treatment of heartburn. The drug had been on the market for years until 2020, when the FDA determined that it was necessary to issue an immediate recall of the drug due to the high correlation of Zantac with cancer.
Since this news came to light, major pharmacies have pulled Zantac and generic versions of the drug from their shelves and lawsuits against the responsible drug manufacturers have been on a steep rise.
If you have developed cancer and have used Zantac for the treatment of heartburn, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To find out if you qualify, call a Zantac settlement lawyer today for a consultation.
Why is Zantac Causing Cancer?
Zantac contains a chemical compound known as NDMA or Nitro sodimethylamine which has been strongly correlated with the development of a variety of different cancers. The compound causes cancer so consistently, that it is frequently used to induce the disease in lab rats for research purposes.
What Types of Cancer Does Zantac Cause?
Zantac has been correlated with a variety of cancers including but not limited to cancers of the:
- Large and Small Intestines
- Renal System
- And many other areas and types of cancer
What are the Lawsuits Against Zantac Claiming?
Lawsuits are being brought against Zantac for two main reasons:
“Failure to Warn”: It is believed that Zantac makers knew of the risks associated with the drug and made no effort to warn the public.
“Defective Design”: The claims of “defective design” are based on the belief that the drug was doomed to cause issues in patients from the very beginning.
I Frequently Take Zantac, How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
The Food and Drug Administration has issued guidance that anyone who is currently taking Zantac should immediately stop taking the drug due to the concerning evidence of its cancer-causing side effects. The first step you should take, if you are currently taking Zantac for heartburn, is to discuss your concerns with your doctor. He or she will be able to suggest alternative medications and treatments that may address your symptoms without the risk inherent in Zantac.
Once you’ve discussed your concerns with your doctor and stopped taking the medication, you may consider contacting a Zantac lawyer in order to determine your next steps and to make sure you receive all the compensation to which you are due.
It’s an unfortunate truth, but despite government monitoring and clinical trials, many drugs with dangerous side effects can be easily found on drugstore shelves today. There have been many cases in the past similar to the Zantac case in question, and there will be many similar cases in the future.
Luckily, experienced attorneys are standing by and are ready to help you navigate the unforgiving world of compensation for drug-related side effects. If you feel you may qualify for a Zantac settlement claim, call a lawyer today.