Zantac Recalled Because of Cancer Risk

The heartburn drug Zantac has been found to contain a dangerous carcinogen. People need to stop taking the drug and find an alternative for their own safety.

The FDA recently called for Zantac to be removed from store shelves. All drugs containing the main ingredient ranitidine also need to be removed. This was the result of finding that ranitidine causes cancer. It can do this because the levels of a specific contaminant in the drug can increase as time goes on. It can also build up because of ranitidine being exposed to higher temperatures. NDMA levels in ranitidine have been studied since the summer of 2019.  There were no alarming levels of NDMA in the ranitidine when it was tested, but NDMA can build up when ranitidine is stored for a period of time.

Manufacturers of ranitidine have been sent letters asking that they stop selling their products. Consumers are also being told to stop buying the products, stop taking any medications, and throw away any medications containing ranitidine according to the manufacturers directions. People also need to stop buying the medication and find a safer alternative. As of now, other medications that treat the same illnesses as ranitidine have not been found to contain NDMA and are considered to be safe for consumption. Some companies have chosen to discontinue selling Zantac and ranitidine because of the different health concerns related to the drug.

If you were prescribed Zantac or another ranitidine based drug, your health could be at risk and you could be entitled to compensation. Over the counter and prescription drugs need to be thoroughly vetted and tested before going to market to ensure their safety. Unfortunately, the drug was tested and still went to market despite the dangers involved.

Did you take Zantac? You could be entitled to compensation. The dangerous drug was sold to unsuspecting consumers who had no idea of the dangers of the drug. If you took Zantac and were then diagnosed with cancer, contact us today to let our attorneys review you case. We want to help you in any way we can in these trying times. Call 412-471-3980 or fill out our contact form and we will investigate your potential claim.

Source:
Jacqueline Howard, “FDA calls for heartburn drug Zantac to be pulled from market immediately” CNN (April 1, 2020). [Link]
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