Zantac 150, a popular over the counter medication for heartburn, has long been used by everyone from office workers to stay at home parents to ward off the symptoms of a meal or drink that just didn’t agree with them. This ubiquitous medicine seemingly helped thousands who suffered from heartburn go about their day without incident and feel better to get to the daily routines of life. However, what no consumer would suspect, and what no consumer was warned about until recently, are the potentially deadly effects of using Zantac 150 to help alleviate your heartburn.
In September 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an investigation of the Zantac 150 medication after it had been discovered that it contains an amount of a carcinogenic chemical up to 3,000 times more than the limits established for that chemical by the FDA. This chemical, N-nitrosodimethylamine (“NDMA”), is what is potentially causing the cancer hazard for those who trustingly took the Zantac 150 believing there would be no further repercussions.
The Groth Law Firm is working arduously to hold these negligent drug makers accountable for their actions and lack of foresight by working to represent victims in personal injury and wrongful death claims. In addition to working to provide restitution for the victims, this will also serve as notice that no drug should be released to the market without first passing all FDA regulations so that no person has to endure the pain, suffering, and more permanent consequences a defective drug can bring.
For more than 30 years, there have been scientific studies that demonstrate the link between NDMA found in Zantac and the potential for the occurrence of cancer. This alone should give anyone, especially a pharmaceutical company, a deep pause. There is also substantial and disturbing evidence that the drug maker which manufactures Zantac 150 did not disclose and indeed concealed the link between their medicine and the possibility of someone who takes it getting cancer. This coordinated and reckless decision occurred while the drugmaker was raking in record-setting profits. In fact, during this time and while they were aware of their drug’s cancer link, Zantac became the first medicine to surpass $1 billion in sales.
However, those who have taken the medicine and developed cancer at any stage are not so lucky. With drug manufacturers unwilling to admit fault and unlikely to pay for expenses incurred by those who took their drug, victims of these reckless decisions have little recourse but to go to the courts so they can pay their bills.
What evidence is there that Zantac causes cancer?
Voluminous evidence exists to demonstrate that Zantac has a verifiable link to potentially causing cancer and harming the lives and health of those who have taken it. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that NDMA, a key ingredient in Zantac, is “clearly carcinogenic” in addition to being mutagenic and clastogenic.
Furthermore, the FDA’s established 96 nanograms per day recommendation of NDMA was completely ignored by the makers of Zantac or, if not ignored, then recklessly disregarded. In one 150 mg tablet of Zantac, testing found more than 2.5 million nanograms of NDMA. This dosage that surely thousands take every day flouted U.S. regulations and likely sickened countless men and women.
Following testing and other independent analyses, the makers of Zantac saw that national pharmacy chains like Walgreens and CVS pulled the drug off their shelves in order to help safeguard their customers from potential cancer dangers. Both companies offered Zantac refunds and other drugmakers who used ingredients similar to those in Zantac. Australian authorities also tested Zantac and found high levels of NDMA in 75% of all samples tested, demonstrating that this is an international issue potentially affecting thousands.
Fight for your rights and join the Zantac lawsuit today
If you or a loved one took Zantac and subsequently developed cancer of any kind, you should immediately contact our personal injury and wrongful death lawyers. The attorneys at Groth Law Firm have years of experience fighting large companies looking to evade responsibility for the harm they’ve caused to those who depend on their products. Our firm has recovered substantial amounts of money for our clients and we can do the same for you.
What kind of a lawsuit am I eligible to file?
There are generally two types of lawsuits in a case like this based on your damages: individual and class action.
An individual lawsuit is likely appropriate if you or your loved one has developed cancer as a consequence of taking Zantac 150. This would likely make you eligible for a personal injury lawsuit so you can recover the full amount of all medical costs, emotional pain and suffering, lost wages, and any other associated cost.
If you or your loved one did not develop cancer, you may still be eligible to join a class-action lawsuit against the drugmaker. This class action suit can help you recover the money you spent on Zantac over the years so you are not left with money out of pocket for a defective and potentially lethal product. Anyone who purchased Zantac is eligible to join this lawsuit as all they need demonstrate is they were not warned about the product’s dangers and had they been they would not have made the same purchasing decision.
What does it cost to hire Groth Law Firm to fight for my rights?
Our evaluation is free and hiring us to ensure you get your fair share from the makers of Zantac. We don’t get paid until you do.
Contact us today to help ensure your claim doesn’t fall by the wayside
Groth Law is committed to fighting for your rights and ensuring that your injuries are compensated. Contact a Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyer today at (414) 455-6981 for a free evaluation so you can get your fair share.