Las Vegas Zantac Attorney

Legal Action for Zantac Cancer Connections

If you are or have been a Zantac user and have been diagnosed with cancer, you may be eligible for significant compensation. Bighorn Law in Las Vegas can help you with legal matters concerning this connection.

Recent research has linked Zantac to cancer due to one of its components – Ranitidine. This ingredient mixes with common substances in the body, causing high levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The FDA and EPA have considered NDMA a “probably human carcinogen.” While NDMA is found in other drugs, it was found to have existed in Zantac at levels found to be more than what was considered safe. 

Legal Action for Zantac Cancer Connections

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has linked NDMA to numerous diseases. These include: 

  • Severe Liver Disease
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer

Anyone who used Zantac had no way to know the link between these cancers. This is why individuals that have used Zantac and have since been diagnosed with cancer should contact a Las Vegas Zantac lawsuit attorney. 

What is Zantac? 

Zantac is a drug that was promoted to decrease the amount of acid produced by the stomach, easing heartburn and stomach pain. The class of drugs is called histamine H2-receptor antagonists. The drug has been on the market since the 1980s, both over-the-counter and by prescription.

Zantac is available in many different forms, and there are also generic brands with the same dangerous ranitidine connection. Some common brands include: 

  • Zantac 150 Tablets
  • Wal-Zan 150
  • Heartburn Relief
  • Acid Control
  • Zantac 75
  • Wal-Zan 75
  • Acid Reducer

Voluntary Recall of Ranitidine Products

Prior to the FDA officially recalling Zantac and Ranitidine products, numerous brands voluntarily removed products from the shelves due to the associated risk. The FCA recall took place in April 2020, but voluntary recalls started taking place much earlier, in September 2019. 

If you have used Zantac or an equivalent drug and have since been diagnosed with cancer, you may be eligible for significant compensation. Bighorn Law can help you today.

Companies that took part in voluntary recalls prior to the FDA’s mandatory recall include: 

  • American Health Packaging
  • Amneal Pharmaceuticals
  • Aurobindo Pharma USA
  • Apotex Corp.
  • Appco Pharma
  • Denton Pharma
  • Reddy’s Laboratories
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
  • Golden State Medical Supply
  • Lannet Company
  • Novitium Pharma
  • Perrogo Company
  • Precision Dose
  • Sandoz
  • Sanofi

Zantac Lawsuit FAQs

What is The Problem With Zantac?

Zantac was marketed and sold as a heartburn medicine for nearly four decades. The product became so popular that its sales exceeded $1 billion a year. Unfortunately, however, the active ingredient in Zantac, Ranitidine, was found to produce dangerous levels of cancer-causing chemicals. 

Ranitidine products contain extremely high levels of the semi-volatile organic chemical N-Nitroso dimethylamine (NDMA), which is known to cause cancer. Because of this, in April 2020, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called for the immediate withdrawal of Ranitidine products, including Zantac, from the market.

What is NDMA? 

NDMA is only used today to induce tumors in lab animals in order to study cancer and cancer treatments, but it also used to be used to create rocket fuel. NDMA is an extremely toxic substance, and the FDA limits its consumption to a very small amount.

According to the FDA, the daily allowable limit of NDMA a person can safely consume is only 93 nanograms. However, a single dose of Zantac contains over 300,000 nanograms of NDMA.

In other words, Zantac may contain up to 3000 times more NDMA than is allowed by the FDA, and a person who has taken Zantac every day for a long time has taken an incredible amount of this carcinogen, rendering them highly susceptible to developing a variety of types of cancer. 

Some of the cancers Ranitidine has been associated with include:

  • Bladder
  • Kidney
  • Breast
  • Pancreatic
  • Prostate
  • Esophageal
  • Nose or throat
  • Stomach
  • Testicular
  • Ovarian 
  • Uterine 
  • Colorectal
  • Thyroid
  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Leukemia; and/or 
  • Lymphoma 

Does the FDA Ensure Drug Safety In The United States? 

Many consumers believe that the Food and Drug Administration conducts independent testing to ensure the safety of medications prior to them being sold to consumers in the United States. But, this is not correct. 

The FDA does not test drugs on its own. Rather, it relies on the honor system and drug companies to provide all the safety data in their possession related to new drugs, and those that are already on the market, which is then reviewed by overworked FDA scientists.

Sadly, the FDA is underfunded, has limited legal authority, and is subject to tremendous political pressures. This means that the agency is not able to adequately ensure the safety of drugs in this country. 

What Are My Options After Being Injured By A Defective Drug? 

Each drug manufacturer has a legal and moral obligation to ensure its drugs are safe, effective, and accompanied by proper warnings. But few companies do more than the bare minimum, and rarely do they voluntarily seek to actively identify potential safety issues.

Evidence suggests that the company that manufactured and sold Zantac to consumers knew it contained dangerous carcinogens. Still, they advertised Zantac as a safe and effective treatment for heartburn, GERD, and acid reflux. 

Why the manufacturer of Zantac thought it was okay to give consumers NDMA is beyond common sense. Perhaps, it was because they were averaging 15 million prescriptions per year, and many of these prescriptions were for long-term use.

Nevertheless, if you were taking Zantac for more than one year and have been diagnosed with cancer, your cancer may be caused by this dangerous product, and you may be entitled to substantial compensation, and our law firm may be able to help.

Is a Zantac Lawsuit the Same as Any Other Personal Injury Lawsuit?

A Zantac lawsuit is a mass tort claim. Mass tort litigation groups many individual lawsuits from all over the country together to be handled at a national level in one case. A local attorney, like those from our law firm, helps you with your individual lawsuit, and that attorney associates with a national-level counsel who does depositions and discovery for the mass tort case. 

Mass tort litigation is a way to process many similar lawsuits as inexpensively and expeditiously as possible. But, because of the sheer number of claimants involved, mass tort litigation typically takes longer to resolve than an individual lawsuit. 

On the other hand, since all the lawyers involved can pool their resources, mass tort litigation makes it economically feasible for personal injury claimants to pursue claims against large companies that have much more resources than any individual lawyer or claimant would have. This allows the attorneys involved to pursue the liable company and to prosecute cases fairly for each of their clients.

Lawsuits involving defective drugs like Zantac, which have been sold on a wide scale and have injured many people across the country, usually because the company selling the drug chose profits over consumer safety, are common examples of mass tort cases.

Is There a Difference Between Mass Tort Litigation & Class Action Litigation?

Mass tort litigation should not be confused with class-action litigation, which refers to civil claims brought by one or a few individuals on behalf of many claimants who have been injured by the same defendant in the same or similar way. 

The main difference between mass tort litigation and class action litigation is that mass tort cases are more like traditional lawsuits, where each individual claim will be tried on its own merits, with the ultimate judgment or settlement depending on the facts and circumstances of that individual case. Class actions, on the other hand, typically involve a lot more claimants who, individually, have very little input on the outcome of the case.

Why Choose Bighorn Law Firm? 

Our team of top lawyers and paralegals has handled many of the major drug recall cases since 2012. Our legal team has the necessary knowledge, experience, and track record of success. Furthermore, we have dedicated our careers to helping the victims of greedy pharmaceutical companies obtain justice. 

We understand that you were not looking for a lawsuit when you bought and used Zantac. The pharmaceutical company betrayed your trust, your doctor’s trust, and the trust of hundreds of 1000s of other consumers. 

If you do not fight back, what message does that send to the pharmaceutical company that did not care enough to test for cancer-causing toxins like NDMA? Fight back, and we will fight with you. 

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with one of the cancers listed above after at least one year of regular use of Zantac, call Bighorn Law firm today to request a free case evaluation. We want to help. 

How Do I Know if I Have a Zantac Case? 

If you have used Zantac or an equivalent drug that contains Ranitidine and have been diagnosed with cancer, Bighorn Law can help. Working with a law firm is the best way to have a chance against large pharmaceutical companies. These companies have nearly endless resources, and you need a partner that can stand up to them. We are that partner. 

Bighorn Law knows the Zantac lawsuit situation and can get you compensated if you have a connection between the drug and a cancer diagnosis. 

What Can I Get In a Zantac Lawsuit? 

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating emotionally and financially, beyond the severe health implications. You should receive a maximum settlement for any connection between a drug you assumed to be safe and your diagnosis. 

You can receive a settlement that takes into account past and future medical bills, in addition to lost earnings. Noneconomic losses can also be recovered from the emotional pain and suffering that you have endured due to the situation. 

Bighorn Law will fight for you in your Zantac lawsuit in Las Vegas. Talk to someone today about your situation by calling (702) 333-1111.