As the Zantac issue escalates, the victims continue to fight for their right to be compensated for the damages and threats Zantac imposed on their health. More and more victims have surfaced and joined the battle in finding justice.
Zantac’s health hazard should not be underestimated as it can cause cancer to people who are taking it. If you have an ongoing lawsuit filed against the Zantac manufacturer or you are still planning to file a case, you must know the facts regarding a Zantac lawsuit.
Here are the five facts about the lawsuit to guide you along the way.
Zantac Recall Cases in Different Countries
Fifteen companies have issued a recall on Zantac products in the United States alone. This decision followed the FDA order last April 1, 2020. Additionally, the FDA expanded the recall order to 43 countries aside from the U.S. These countries include:
- New Zealand
The Basis of Zantac Lawsuit
The Zantac lawsuit’s primary basis is that the drug contains N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a human carcinogen that can cause cancer to people exposed. The FDA discovered that NDMA levels in some Ranitidine products, including Zantac, increases with time and temperature. When the level of NDMA increases, it poses a risk to the consumer’s health.
This impurity in Ranitidine products can cause life-threatening illnesses including, but not limited to, cancer of the bladder, kidney tumor, liver tumor, lung tumor, cancer of the stomach, and Liver Fibrosis. Although Zantac can cause other side effects, such as headaches, diarrhea, and nausea, these are not included in the lawsuit claims.
Plaintiffs of the Zantac lawsuit claim that the manufacturer failed to warn the public about the dangers of using Zantac regularly. The lawsuit insists that the Ranitidine drug is unstable and argued that drugmakers, as early as 1981, were aware of the danger of NDMA formation in Zantac.
Some lawsuits claim that a study conducted in the 1980’s found that NDMA can potentially form when it comes into contact with nitrate in the consumer’s body. Another study that was carried out in 2011 by Susan A. Andrews and Ruqiao Shen showed that NDMA could form in Ranitidine drugs after being exposed to drinking water purified with chlorine.
In 2016, another study was conducted and led by Teng Zeng and William Mitch, which confirms the study accomplished in 1981- along with some additional facts. Zeng and Mitch observed that urine from patients taking Zantac consists of traces of NDMA after 24 hours from the time Zantac is consumed.
After all these studies were conducted, with results that proved the danger in taking Ranitidine, lawsuits cited that drug manufacturers failed to warn the public of the adverse effects of the drug on the human body.
How to Qualify for a Zantac Lawsuit?
Any individual can file Zantac lawsuits as long as they have used the product or have a family member who has taken Zantac.
If you or a loved one suffer from any of these conditions during or after Zantac medication, you can file a Zantac lawsuit.
- Cancer of the Bladder
- Brain Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Cancer of the Kidney
- Liver Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Nasal Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Cancer of the Stomach
- Testicular Cancer
- Cancer of the Throat
You or your loved one should be taking Zantac medication for at least one year before diagnosis to be eligible for a suit.
How much does a Zantac Lawyer Cost?
Another important factor you must know is how much a Zantac lawyer costs. Many Zantac victims are still hesitant in filing a lawsuit because they worry whether or not they can afford a lawyer.
However, most firms involved in the Zantac lawsuit will not charge you even a single penny. The consultation and the processes will be free of charge. Lawyers in Zantac cases charge their clients on a contingency fee basis. They will get compensated for their service after the case is settled.
Possible Types of Settlements you can Obtain
For Zantac victims, knowing what you can benefit from a Zantac lawsuit is also essential. If you are currently or previously using Zantac and acquired cancer, here are the possible damages you can file against the manufacturer.
- Reimbursement of current wage and potential earning losses
- Medical expenses due to the damages caused by Zantac
- Punitive damages
- Mental, emotional, and physical pain and suffering during and after the treatment period
- Loss of enjoyment in life
If you are one of the fortunate Zantac patients who was not diagnosed with cancer due to the medication, the manufacturer can reimburse you with all the money you spent purchasing Zantac in your entire life. Additionally, you can fight for the further recall of all drugs in the market that contain NDMA.
It is important to know what to expect in a Zantac lawsuit to prepare yourself for the possibilities. Having enough knowledge about the case you are filing would give you a heads up with the process and give you a projection on what to expect at the end of the lawsuit.