Zantac, generically known as Ranitidine, is a drug that was sold for treating overactive stomach acid and conditions such as Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. It was recalled and removed from the market within the last year over concerns of it containing nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable carcinogen. NDMA has the potential to cause cancer in some if ingested regularly over a long period of time. It is believed that when Zantac is digested, an enzyme in the body combines with the drug to produce higher than acceptable levels of NDMA, potentially causing cancer.
It has become known that the original producers of Ranitidine, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) were aware of the potential dangers of the drug since the 1980s when it was first produced but continued to make and sell it anyway. The dangers posed by taking Zantac and its generic counterpart are unacceptable and may entitle those harmed by the drug to receive compensation.
Who Qualifies for a Zantac Lawsuit?
If someone has developed cancer after taking Zantac or a ranitidine product for several years, it is possible that they could have an eligible Zantac case. Zantac has been linked to many types of cancers, such as cancer of the stomach, esophagus, bladder, brain, kidney, liver and more. If you have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of taking Zantac, it is important to speak with a personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to compensation that could help ease the financial strain of your diagnosis on you and your family.
Compensation May Be Available
While each case is different, when pursuing a Zantac lawsuit, there are some common damages that could be pursued. Compensation for medical bills, wage loss, future and past financial loss, as well as compensation for pain and suffering may be sought in a dangerous drugs case.
While the idea of going against a large pharmaceutical company may be intimidating, you will not be alone in your claim. Due to the high volume of people impacted by this harmful medication, you have the potential to join a class action which could strengthen your case.
Contact an Experienced Lawyer Today
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer as a result of taking Zantac, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case. You may be entitled to compensation that could help you recover from this harmful drug. At O’Connor, Acciani & Levy, we are prepared to help you fight for your rights and seek the proper damages for your case. Contact us today for a consultation.