Each year over-the-counter drugs are taken off the market because the risks posed to the public far outweigh the benefits. Unfortunately, in the meantime, the use of the drug can lead to serious sometimes fatal consequences. You may now be dealing with expensive medical bills, lost wages, or even the loss of a loved one, simply for taking medication as directed. Rubenstein Law is here to help. Ranitidine is a medication used to treat ulcers, Z-E syndrome, and other gastrointestinal issues. Since the 1980s, many individuals have turned to the popular antacid brand Zantac to relieve heartburn and acid reflux. Zantac and other over-the-counter antacids contain blockers that help decrease the amount of acid in one’s stomach.
In September 2019, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that over-the-counter Zantac and generic ranitidine antacids contain high levels of a carcinogen called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).
NDMA is a volatile yellow oil that was once used to make rocket fuel, and it’s incorporated in the manufacturing of pesticides. Because it’s a toxin, it can cause damage to organs and increase the risk of cancer. In the United States, it’s classified as an extremely hazardous substance.
Because of the concern to health, Zantac and other drugs containing ranitidine have been recalled from the market in the U.S. and as well as many other countries. Pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS no longer sell any products containing ranitidine.
These medications have caused non-cancerous liver damage and are linked to several types of cancer including:
Pharmaceutical companies have endless resources and you should not have to fight them alone. These companies make billions of dollars each year on medication sales. Unfortunately, due to the high profits at stake, sometimes patient health and safety are in conflict with the desire to drive revenue. When they knowingly market and sell a product that can cause serious illness, even death they need to be held accountable. If you took Zantac or a similar drug and have been diagnosed with cancer, especially of the digestive tract, you may be entitled to compensation. Monetary compensation can help with the expenses that resulted from taking Zantac, such as:
The process to bring those accountable to justice can be complex and requires a lot of time and resources. We can serve your needs, show you your options, and protect your rights. You don’t have to struggle through this alone. We’re here to help you every step of the way by contacting your insurance companies, collecting evidence, hiring the best experts, and fighting for you and your rights.
If you or a loved one is dealing with the repercussions of a cancer diagnosis after taking Zantac, call us today for your free consultation. Put our skills and experience to work for you.