Zantac Lawsuits in Long Island, NY
If you have been diagnosed with cancer after regularly taking Zantac or the equivalent generic drug ranitidine, you should talk with a pharmaceutical drug attorney for Zantac injuries on Long Island about your legal options. The consultation is free and will help you understand whether you have a valid Zantac injury claim. You may have a right to file a lawsuit and demand compensation from Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of Zantac, to cover your medical bills and related expenses.
The attorneys at Cohen & Jaffe, LLP are committed to holding drug companies fully accountable for dangerous drugs including Zantac side effects and ranitidine cancer. Attorney Richard Jaffe has a background as an emergency medical technician and has seen firsthand the harm that dangerous drugs cause. Our experienced Long Island defective drug lawyers will pursue every dollar of compensation that you deserve from the drug manufacturer. We have recovered millions of dollars for clients.
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What is Ranitidine and How is it Used?
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Ranitidine is the active ingredient in the generic form of the popular brand name medication Zantac. A best-selling drug, Zantac is widely used to relieve symptoms of stomach upset and heartburn related to acid indigestion. It has been on the market since the 1980s. Zantac and the generic ranitidine are sold in both over-the-counter and prescription-strength dosages.
Prescription-strength formulations of Zantac and ranitidine are approved for treatment of gastroesophageal acid reflux disease (GERD), which can cause heartburn. The medication is also approved for prevention of ulcers in the intestines.
In 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that medications known by the brand name Zantac had been found to contain an impurity that may cause cancer. The FDA took the action after the online pharmacy and laboratory Valisure notified the agency that its testing had found high levels of a contaminant known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in multiple ranitidine products. NDMA is a probable cause of cancer in humans based on the results of laboratory results, the FDA says. The FDA’s testing found levels of NDMA that exceeded the FDA’s daily limits and were termed unacceptable.
Since the FDA announcement, Sanofi, the manufacturer of Zantac, announced a voluntary recall of all over-the-counter Zantac products in the United States. The recall includes Zantac 150®, Zantac 150® Cool Mint, and Zantac 75®. Teva Pharmaceutical and GlaxoSmithKline among others have announced recalls of generic versions of the medication. Apotex Corp., which produced ranitidine products sold at Walmart and Walgreens, also has voluntarily recalled the drugs.
Major retailers such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart have pulled the products off the shelves as a precaution because they may contain unacceptable, dangerous levels of NDMA.
In December, the FDA took additional action as part of its ongoing investigation. The FDA asked manufacturers of ranitidine and nizatidine, an antacid sold under the brand name Tazac and Axid, to conduct their own testing of all lots of the medications for NDMA before making them available to consumers.
The FDA is continuing to investigate the cause of the NDMA impurity and to evaluate the health risks to consumer.
What Type of Cancer is Associated with Ranitidine Containing NDMA?
The potential cancer-causing effects of NDMA include:
- Stomach cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Intestinal cancer
Laboratory tests found that when mice and hamsters ate food or drank water containing low levels of NDMA for periods of more than several weeks, they developed liver cancer and lung cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Can you sue Zantac?
Individuals who have been diagnosed with certain forms of cancer after regularly taking Zantac or the generic ranitidine may be entitled to seek compensation. You should talk with an experienced pharmaceutical drug lawyer at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe about whether a Zantac cancer lawsuit is appropriate in your particular situation.
A Zantac lawsuit may provide compensation for:
How can a Pharmaceutical Drug Attorney help me in Long Island?
If you receive a cancer diagnosis, it’s unlikely that the oncologist who treats you will specifically identify the cause of your cancer.
However, if you regularly took Zantac or a generic version of the heartburn medication and you have been diagnosed with one of the forms of cancer listed above, it’s in your best interest to speak with a knowledgeable prescription drug lawyer. An experienced defective drug attorney who handles dangerous drug investigations can help you determine whether you have a valid Zantac cancer lawsuit.
Our attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP are currently reviewing cases involving Zantac cancer claims and ranitidine cancer claims for people in the New York City metropolitan area, including on Long Island in Nassau County and Suffolk County. We will be candid with you about the merits of your claim.
Product liability cases concerning defective or unsafe drugs involve extensive research, use of expert witnesses, presentation of scientific evidence and complex litigation. You want to seek the assistance of an established law firm with the resources to stand up to a large drug manufacturer and pursue the case to its conclusion.
Our attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe have more than 100 years of collective experience handling injury cases. We have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We handle dangerous drug lawsuits on a contingency fee basis. We do not charge any legal fee for handling your Zantac cancer lawsuit unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. We provide personal attention to each client by managing our caseload and being selective about the cases we accept.