Millions of people around the country have taken heartburn medication at one time or another. Everyone gets occasional heartburn, and products like Zantac claimed to alleviate this pain quick. The problem is that recently the FDA declared that popular heartburn medication Zantac contained carcinogens. This has resulted in the drug being pulled from production and off store shelves. Knowing the details surrounding this recall and the potential implications on those who took it and developed cancer is extremely important.
What is Zantac and what makes it dangerous?
Zantac was a popular heartburn medication which contained a chemical known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine. This chemical has been declared by the Food and Drug Administration as a possible carcinogen. Meaning that this chemical can cause cancer if ingested by humans. Typically, this chemical is found in low doses in medication, and at such small doses it is considered harmless. But the Food and Drug Administration found the levels to be much higher in the Zantac medication. These levels were so high that it would be unsafe for anyone to ingest them. The Food and Drug Administration found that the longer Zantac sat in storage, the higher the levels of this dangerous chemical existed. This resulted in a full recall in 2020.
What cancers has Zantac been associated with?
Zantac has been associated with a variety of diseases including lung and liver cancer and liver disease. Many people who took Zantac had no idea that the drug contained these harmful chemicals, and the manufacturers of Zantac did not make this known to the public. The general public took this medication on a regular basis and exposed themselves to potential cancer-causing chemicals. The list of potential medical issues associated with Zantac includes the following:
- Irregular heartbeat
- B-12 deficiencies
- Platelet levels which are low
- Hair Loss
- Skin Rashes
- Liver Failure
- Cancer of lung and liver
Who manufacturers Zantac?
Zantac was manufactured by a company called Sanofi. These manufacturers had a duty to warn the public about the danger and if they were aware of the danger, they should have immediately removed Zantac from the shelves. The problem is that they failed to do so. The big pharma companies were gaining huge profits off of the sale of Zantac and failed to alert the public knowing that the profits would shrink if they did so.
I got cancer as a result of Zantac, what should I do?
Proving that you got cancer as a result of taking Zantac is the first hurdle. You must be able to show that the cancer you got was caused by taking Zantac. You have to be able to show either through physician records or pharmacy records that you were prescribed the heartburn medication. If you did not have a physician who prescribed you the medication, you must have receipts showing that you purchased Zantac over the counter on a continuous basis. If you are able to show this and a physician states that there is a causal link, you may proceed with a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Zantac. If you are successful in your claim, you may be entitled to medical expenses related to the cancer, past and future wage loss, past and future pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life and possible punitive damages.
Contact an attorney today!
You do not want to go at the insurance companies alone. It is always best to have a personal injury attorney on your side who knows the intricacies of the law and can properly present your claim. The attorneys at the Lopez Law Group are here to assist. We have years of experience handling claims against large insurance companies and can get you the compensation you deserve. We can be reached at 727-933-0015. Our consultations are always free, and we will be able to tell you whether or not you may have a potential claim. Don’t wait, call today!