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One of the most popular heartburn medications in the United States disappeared from shelves nearly overnight, leaving many Americans wondering about their safety. On April 01, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked Sanofi and other manufacturers to pull Zantac and generic ranitidine products from the market. According to the agency’s news release, the FDA cannot ensure the safety and effectiveness of Zantac due to a possible contaminant called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is a probable human carcinogen, which means it likely causes cancer in humans.

The extended use of Zantac has already been linked to a host of digestive cancers. If you have been diagnosed with Zantac after taking Zantac daily for 6 months or regularly for 1 year or more, the Law Offices of Ramon Garcia may be able to help.

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What Is Ranitidine?

Ranitidine is the active ingredient in Zantac and dozens of other over-the-counter heartburn medications. It belongs to a class of drugs called H2 (histamine 2) blockers, and at prescriptions strengths, can be used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and the intestines.

In September of 2019, the online pharmacy, Valisure, tested some of its ranitidine products and found they contained “extremely high levels” of NDMA.

What Is NDMA?

N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) is an environmental contaminant that we are exposed to in small doses every day. Because NDMA appears in our water and foods (especially dairy products and grilled meats), the FDA has set daily allowances for NDMA consumption.

Unfortunately, FDA testing found that some samples of ranitidine exceeded these daily limits. For reference, the daily limit for ranitidine exposure is 0.096 micrograms per day and some samples of ranitidine contained up to 0.86 micrograms per dose.

These results were significant enough for the FDA to ask manufacturers to take all ranitidine products off the market. Increased levels of NDMA can also increase consumers’ risk of cancer.

After a diagnosis, call our McAllen Zantac lawyers for assistance.

The Link Between Zantac and Cancer

While the news of NDMA contamination is fairly recent, manufacturers may have known about the risk years in advance. The FDA requires drugmakers to test their products for quality assurance, and if Valisure was able to detect NDMA, Sanofi and other manufacturers should have noticed the contaminant, as well.

With new information from the FDA, many consumers have realized that Zantac may have caused their cancer.

Lawsuits have already linked Zantac to:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Lung cancer (in non-smokers)
  • And more

Many Zantac users who were diagnosed with cancer may not have realized the link between their illness and their heartburn medication. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it may be worth looking into your situation further. The Law Offices of Ramon Garcia can help you investigate.

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The Law Offices of Ramon Garcia has recovered half a billion dollars on behalf of our clients, and we can help you, too. We bring over 100 years of combined legal experience to every case we handle, and we take your claim as seriously as you do. When you choose us, you come first – no matter what.

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