Q & A On Zantac’s Link To Cancer And Multi-district Litigation
September 29, 2020
Have you or a loved one used the heartburn medication Zantac and later developed cancer? If so, there is important information you need to be aware of. The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek is currently accepting clients who developed cancer as a side effect from taking Zantac or its generic ingredient ranitidine.
Q: What is Zantac and how is it linked to cancer?
A: Zantac is one of the most popular antacid tablets in the United States and has been available without a prescription since 1996. Zantac’s active ingredient is ranitidine. Studies indicate that ranitidine has a molecular structure that, when ingested, naturally creates a chemical known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Since the 1980’s, NDMA has been known to cause cancer. It has done so in nearly every laboratory animal it was tested on, and is not produced in the United States for anything other than research purposes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved acceptable amount of NDMA intake is 96 nanograms (ng) per day. Recent testing indicates that when exposed to stomach conditions, ranitidine produces an excess of 3,000,000 ng of NDMA per tablet.1
Due to the recent evidence that NDMA is a human carcinogen, the FDA has requested all manufacturers pull the medication immediately, and recommended current users of the medication to consult with their physicians about alternative treatment options. Zantac has been sold in the United States for over 30 years and used by millions of consumers. Thus, millions of innocent individuals have been exposed to dangerous levels of NDMA and because of the exposure, some consumers contracted cancer. The NDMA in Zantac is not present due to some unfortunate contamination, but instead is inherent to the drug’s molecular structure. The manufacturers and distributors either knew or should have known of the serious consequences of ingesting such a poisonous chemical.
Q: What is being done for people who developed cancer after taking Zantac?
A: Individuals who developed cancer after taking Zantac deserve compensation. In February 2020, a federal judicial panel consolidated more than 140 lawsuits, all filed against manufacturers and distributors of Zantac, to the Southern District of Florida where U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg will preside over them. This is a judicial mechanism known as multi-district litigation (MDL), which allows one federal court to handle multiple similar cases at the same time. MDLs are common in dangerous drug cases due to the large number of similarly situated plaintiffs. Once consolidated, a few of the individual cases will go to trial. These are called bellwether trials, and the result of these trials provides a guide for future negotiations. In other words, if the bellwether plaintiffs win and get a big verdict, the remaining plaintiffs will likely receive large settlement offers from the defendants. But, if the bellwether plaintiffs lose or only win a small amount, the settlements offered will be more modest, or defendants may not offer any settlement at all.
Currently there is an MDL (No. 2924) for victims of Zantac related cancer. Even though it is located in the Southern District of Florida, plaintiffs from any state can file into the MDL. Filing into the MDL could help expedite your settlement process.
Q: I took Zantac and developed cancer, what can I do?
A: Contact a medical malpractice attorney immediately. Your attorney will be able to review your medical records, determine whether you have a valid claim, and then help you navigate your lawsuit.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
If you or a loved one has developed cancer as a side effect from taking Zantac or its generic ingredient ranitidine, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Cardaro & Peek, LLC. Our trial attorneys have the resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.