In 2019, headlines were made when it was discovered that a number of popular medications, including the popular heartburn drug Zantac, were found to contain a cancer-causing agent. Researchers discovered that ranitidine, the active ingredient in Zantac and other heartburn drugs, contained higher than acceptable amounts of a substance called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA has been classified as a probable carcinogen.
Recall of Heartburn Drugs
This discovery led to the recall of Zantac and a number of other over-the-counter heartburn drugs that contained ranitidine. Now in 2020, the scary news of cancer-causing agents has expanded. Two generic drug companies, Appco Pharma and Northwind Pharmaceuticals, have voluntarily recalled their prescription forms of ranitidine. This brings the total number of recalls to 14 in the past five months. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also announced a voluntary recall by drug company Mylan Pharmaceuticals of its heartburn drug nizatidine in which they found traces of NDMA.
The FDA has advised drug manufacturers to expand testing of drugs and to check every lot for NDMA. Manufacturers were advised to withhold lots that contained levels of NDMA above the level considered acceptable by the FDA. This may lead to further recalls of heartburn medications.
My Heartburn Drug Was Recalled. What do I do Now?
Individuals who have taken these heartburn drugs should discontinue their use immediately. You should discuss alternative relief with your physician. There are some heartburn drugs on the market, including Prilosec, Nexium, and Pepcid, that have not tested positive for NDMA at this time.
If you or someone you love was a long-term user of heartburn drugs containing ranitidine and you have developed cancer, you should consider consulting with a product liability attorney. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of drugs such as Zantac, alleging that these manufacturers knew, or should have known, that their drugs contained NDMA.
Contact a Product Liability Attorney
If you’ve developed cancer after using a drug containing ranitidine, you should have an experienced product liability attorney evaluate your case for free. 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.