Zantac, part of a class of drugs known as H2 blockers, is available with or without a prescription. Its main function is to help users fight heartburn and other conditions that may be present due to excess acid in the stomach. These include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach, esophagus and throat problems, acid indigestion, and difficulty swallowing. The dosage and length of treatment will depend on the condition being treated, but taking it regularly offers the most benefit. However, people should not self-medicate for more than 14 days in a row.
What are the lawsuits against Zantac all about?
The Food and Drug Administration reported in September 2019 that the carcinogenic contaminant N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) had been discovered in Zantac (ranitidine). Although the levels were reported to be low, they were still between 3,000 and 26,000 times higher than the FDA’s established safe levels.
As this chemical is known to cause cancer, plaintiffs have accused the pharmaceutical companies Boerhinger Ingelheim and Sanofi of selling a product that they knew or should have known had been contaminated.
What are the health effects of exposure to NDMA?
Besides being a known carcinogen, this chemical is known to cause liver damage even with short-term exposure, while long-term exposure has been associated with lung, liver, and kidney tumors. Additionally, other damaging effects may include:
- Irregular or accelerated heartbeat (arrhythmia or tachycardia)
- Disorders that affect the nervous system
- Hair loss
- Deficiency of vitamin B-12
- Skin rashes
- Higher risk of pneumonia
- Liver failure
Zantac lawsuit settlement amounts
If you or a loved one has been taking Zantac and have been diagnosed with cancer (such as cancer of the bladder or the stomach), you need a professional, knowledgeable, and experienced attorney by your side.
The right legal team can help you seek the following damages:
- Medical expenses that you have incurred so far
- Medical treatment expenses that you will be required to undergo in the future
- Wages that you have lost by not being able to go to work, including future ones
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering due to the injuries, be it mental or physical -including treatment and recovery
- If appropriate, punitive damages
Are you considering a Zantac lawsuit?
This lawsuit, like any other personal injury lawsuit, requires that you find the most knowledgeable, most aggressive attorney. One that also has experience with litigation related to bad or problematic drugs. And, if you have had the unfortunate experience of losing a loved one due to injuries attributed to Zantac, you should look into hiring an attorney with experience in wrongful death cases.
How can you prepare for your Zantac lawsuit?
If you put together all of your information, including the symptoms and injuries you have suffered, the medical bills you have had to pay and expect to incur in the future, the money you have lost by being unable to work and the amount you will not be making in the future for the same reason, your lawyer can help you determine the amount of your damages. Your lawyer will also want to know how much mental anguish you have suffered and will determine the amount of compensatory and punitive damages you should be entitled to.
Read more here to find out how you can connect with a seasoned attorney who will conduct a complete Zantac case evaluation and prepare a strategy for you.