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If you’ve used Zantac or generic brands of ranitidine in the past, it’s important to know about the possible danger of this over-the-counter drug. The Food and Drug Administration monitors medicines in the United States for unsafe levels of nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a substance known to cause cancer. High concentrations of NDMA caused a global recall of sartan blood pressure medications last year. Now, officials are worried that ranitidine—from Zantac and generic equivalents—have a similarly concerning amount of NDMA impurities.
If you think you might have suffered because of NDMA exposure to Zantac or ranitidine, call Arnold & Itkin today at (888) 493-1629. Our team is ready to hear your story and help you decide your options at no cost.
The Issues with Zantac & Ranitidine
Ranitidine is used to treat heartburn and assists with fighting a body’s over-production of stomach acid. In late 2019, Valisure, an online pharmacy company, alerted the FDA that it had found high levels of NDMA in ranitidine. Valisure filed a Citizen Petition with the FDA asking the agency to pull all ranitidine products from the shelves. It also requested that the FDA create methods for testing ranitidine drugs for NDMA.
In response to this petition, the FDA conducted “early, limited testing” on drugs and found unacceptable levels of NDMA in them. In late 2019, the largest pharmacies in the nation are pulling ranitidine drugs from their shelves. Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid have suspended all sales of Zantac and its generic equivalents. Then, after months of investigations, the FDA escalated its warnings for the drug.
In April of 2020, the FDA announced that it was requesting all manufacturers of Zantac and other ranitidine products to immediately pull them from the market. It also encouraged every person using ranitidine to stop doing so. It did this after finding unacceptable levels of NDMA in various ranitidine products. Notably, the agency determined that impurities increase in these drugs as they age. It even determined that storing them at regular temperatures can cause an increase in their NDMA levels.
Essentially, early findings have determined that these drugs aren’t just unsafe—they’re likely becoming more dangerous each day that they’re stored.
In the United Kingdom, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued an early recall before the FDA.
The MHRA recalled the following drugs:
- Zantac 150mg/10ml Syrup
- Zantac 50mg/2ml Injection
- Zantac 150mg Tablets
- Zantac 300mg Tablets
Notably, as of early October, the owner of the Zantac brand, Sanofi, has not recalled the drug in the United States. The company has only recalled it in Canada, where regulators asked them to do so.
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Why Is Zantac Dangerous?
Since 2019, the FDA has been investigated high levels of NDMA, and substance linked to cancer, in Zantac and other Ranitidine products. Eventually, the agency determined that the drug’s NDMA levels were concerning, and they had a potential to become higher as the medication ages on the shelf.
How Many Products Contain Ranitidine?
Zantac is a brand name of a generic medication known as ranitidine. This means that the substance is used in many products used to treat the overproduction of stomach acid.
Popular products that contain ranitidine include:
- Zantac 150
- Zantac 150 Maximum Strength
- Zantac Maximum Strength Cool Mint
- Zantac 75
- Wal-Zan 150
- Wal-Zan 75
- Heartburn Relief
- Acid Reducer
- Acid Control
If your medication isn’t listed above, you should still contact your physician to make sure it doesn’t contain ranitidine.
I Became Ill While Taking Ranitidine, Do I Have a Case?
This question is best answered by speaking to a member of our team. A consultation with our Zantac lawsuit attorneys is free so you can easily discover your options. Discovering your options is easy when you fill out our online form or call our team at (888) 493-1629.
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Arnold & Itkin has a history of holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for their actions. If you believe you or a loved one developed cancer, we’re ready to help you find the answers you deserve. While all drug recalls and possible recalls are concerning, ones such as this are particularly distressing because they involve medicine, which is available for purchase without a prescription. Adding to the concern is the fact that some have criticized the FDA for its failure to recall the drug officially.
Our team is already representing thousands of people across the nation who have developed cancer while taking Zantac and other ranitidine products. If you've developed cancer while taking any product containing this ranitidine, our team is ready to help. We've recently secured an $8 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson because of our refusal to accept less than clients deserve. No company is too large for us to take on, and no fight is too difficult when so much is at stake for our clients.
If you or a loved one developed cancer associated with NDMA, Zantac, or other ranitidine medications, call Arnold & Itkin at (888) 493-1629. We’re ready to listen to your story and help you find answers.