A Florida man recently filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleging that he got prostate cancer as a result of his years of use of the heartburn drug Zantac. This is one of many lawsuits that have been recently filed against the manufacturers of Zantac, alleging that the drug caused cancer.
What is Zantac?
Zantac is the commercial name for a heartburn drug called ranitidine. Zantac is a type of drug known as an H2 blocker, which decreases stomach acid by blocking histamine receptors in the stomach. It can be used to treat conditions such as heartburn, peptic ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The drug is heavily prescribed to adults and can also be purchased over-the-counter.
Does Zantac Cause Cancer?
Based on testing by a popular independent laboratory and a resulting petition filed with the FDA, it has been found that Zantac may cause high levels of exposure to N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is listed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a probable human carcinogen. Studies have confirmed that unstable molecules in the medication break down in the human digestive tract and produce harmful levels of NDMA. Significant exposure to NDMA could result from the use of Zantac and other generic ranitidine products.
Similar exposure to high levels of NDMA has led to the development of various primary cancers, including:
- Small intestine
Less frequently, other cancers have been linked to exposure to NDMA, including:
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
In spite of the research, the FDA has failed to issue a wide recall of products containing ranitidine. There have been a number of voluntary recalls from different brands of the product.
Did Zantac Cause My Cancer?
It can be difficult to establish whether your cancer was the result of your use of Zantac. If you used Zantac for an extended period of time, typically over several years, then there may be a chance that Zantac is responsible for your cancer. There are a number of factors to take into account, including your rate of use, the type of cancer you have, and when your cancer was diagnosed.
If you were a regular user of Zantac and developed cancer, you should have an experienced product liability attorney evaluate your case. Gregg Goldfarb has been helping the victims of dangerous products for over 20 years. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.