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Zantac Lawsuits Allege Popular Heartburn Medication Causes Cancer

 Posted on December 18, 2020 in Defective Prescription Drugs

Illinois defective drugs attorneysMost people have experienced heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux at some point in their life. Often, people suffering from stomach or intestinal distress turn to prescription or over-the-counter antacids to alleviate their symptoms. Most trust that the medications available at the pharmacy are safe. However, sometimes drugs must be recalled because a risk is discovered. The popular medication Zantac has been recalled after it was discovered that the medication could increase users’ risk of cancer. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, you should know that you might have a valid defective drug claim.

Background Information Regarding Zantac Concerns

Zantac is the brand name of a medication called ranitidine. It is an H2 blocker used to treat heartburn and stomach ulcers. Concerns about the medication’s safety were first brought up because the active ingredient, ranitidine HCl, breaks down into a chemical called Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified NDMA as one that is likely carcinogenic to humans. 

NDMA has been linked to many types of cancer including:

  • Stomach cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Small intestine cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Who is Eligible for Compensation Through a Zantac Cancer Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one took Zantac or a generic version of the medication, you may be wondering if you are entitled to financial compensation. To qualify for a Zantac settlement or award, you would need to prove several things. First, you will need to prove that you took the medication. You may be able to do this by asking for copies of your medical records or pharmacy records. However, if you used an over-the-counter version of the medication, proving that you took the drug may be much harder. Next, you will need to show that you developed one of the types of cancer associated with ranitidine medication. Thirdly, you must demonstrate the causal relationship between the drug and your cancer diagnosis. Lastly, you must show that you sustained damages such as medical bills or lost income because of your cancer. A personal injury attorney familiar with Zantac lawsuits will be able to help you understand if you may qualify for damages.

Contact an Arlington Heights Zantac Lawsuit Attorney

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or another medication containing ranitidine, contact Newland & Newland, LLP to discuss your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other damages. Call our office at 847-797-8000 today and schedule a free consultation with an experienced Palatine personal injury lawyer.  




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