Heartburn is a common health concern that many individuals have experienced at least once. Whether it’s chronic like acid reflux or ulcers, or after eating acidic foods, people have long looked to medication to soothe the uncomfortable sensation and pain they are dealing with. One drug that people have turned to for many years is Zantac.

Zantac, also known in its generic form as ranitidine, has been a popular product used by both individuals who suffer from occasional heartburn and those who have diagnosed acid reflux, such as GERD or stomach ulcers. Due to its frequent use, it is shocking to learn that Zantac has been placed on a voluntary recall, after a chemical known to cause cancer was found to be present in the medication. N-nitrosodimenthylamine, more commonly known as NDMA, is a human carcinogen known to cause cancer. This toxic chemical has been found in several drugs since the FDA decided to investigate its presence in several different medications to see if the chemical was present, and unfortunately they have discovered that to be the case in a number of medications, not just Zantac, but also Angiotensin II receptor blockers, commonly known as Valsartan. In Zantac, the issue arises when the active ingredient is touched by the contents in the stomach, this combination causes a chemical reaction to take place that produces excess amounts of  NDMA.

The list of cancers now associated with Zantac is lengthy, and sadly, not exclusive. It has been associated with the cancers of stomach, bladder, intestinal, colorectal, liver, esophageal, pancreatic, and potentially many others.  

If you or a loved one have used Zantac, you should consult your health care provider and ensure you are getting the screening needed to detect any of these problems the drug can cause. If you do find yourself in a situation where you have been seriously harmed by drug manufacturers that care more about their bottom line than the lives of their consumers, it will probably seem like an overwhelming and hopeless situation. But you are not alone. If you contact a lawyer like The Law Offices Rudolph F.X. Migliore, P.C., he can make sure your voice is heard. Attorneys can hold the drug companies liable for marketing a product they could not say was totally safe. By doing so, they can often gain large monetary rewards likely to offset the healthcare bills that will certainly be piling up for different treatments. Our lawyers charge based on a contingency fee agreement. This means that the clients will not pay out of pocket for any services, and any recovery the lawyers get will be based on the amount won for the client. Therefore, there is no need to fear losing your life savings to fund a lawsuit that could be of immense help to you and your family.

The FDA is still investigating the situation with Zantac, and has not officially removed it from the market, but many drug stores such as Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS have removed it from their shelves. It would now be somewhat difficult to find it on an over the counter basis. Before you stop taking any medications, consult your doctor as to what the best steps are for you going forward, which might not always be the recommendation for the general public. Early detection of cancer as a result of screening reduces the mortality of the disease significantly, as well as lowering the likelihood of metastasis. If you have used Zantac, speaking with your doctor about getting screened and what steps you can take going forward is essential.

When rich companies hurt people they will never face, they must be held accountable. They line their pockets with cash that should not come at the cost of human lives. Drug companies should be held liable for their negligent actions that cause pain and suffering to innocent people. At the Law Offices of Rudolph F.X. Migliore, P.C., we work with national network of powerful attorneys who hold these manufactures liable for their actions. The combination of attorneys means that you will get the personal assistance you deserve. Our firm is local, and any assistance you get will be personalized to your unique situation and needs. Call to speak with one of our lawyers today.