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Zantac Lawsuit Attorneys Demanding Answers for NDMA Impurities
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. Now, 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.
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.
Call Our Zantac Lawsuit Attorneys for Help Today at (888) 493-1629
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. Though health officials are cautioning patients about this drug, they are also stressing that testing is still in progress. If you have concerns about your current ranitidine regimen, you should speak with your pharmacist or doctor immediately.
If you or a loved one developed cancer associated with NDMA, Zantac, or other ranitidine medications, call Arnold & Itkin today at (888) 493-1629. We’re ready to listen to your story and help you find answers.