How Much Does Zantac Increase Your Cancer Risk?
Concerns over Zantac’s link to cancer stem from a potential association between ranitidine and its ability to form the cancer-causing impurity N-Nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. Some studies as far back as the 1980s hinted at a link between the drug and NDMA formation. However, one study that looked at a cohort of 65 million people concluded that patients who took ranitidine had less of a cancer risk than those who took another H2 blocker, famotidine.
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How Can I Prove That I Took Zantac?
You first must confirm that you used Zantac. If you were prescribed Zantac, this can be confirmed by asking for a copy of your pharmacy records. If you took an over-the-counter version of ranitidine, save your receipts so you can prove you purchased the drug.
Are Lawsuits Being Filed?
To date, more than 2,000 federal lawsuits have been filed in Florida federal court. These complaints allege that Zantac caused cancer and manufacturers failed to warn the public of this risk.
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Has Anyone Won a Lawsuit Against Zantac?
In September 2022, a group of 3 generic Zantac manufacturers agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit that was set to go to trial in Illinois state court. Joseph Bayer, the Lead Plaintiff, claimed that he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer after years of taking over-the-counter Zantac and generic ranitidine medications.
Does Zantac Still Contain NDMA?
In early 2022, Zantac relaunched with a new name and a different ingredient — Zantac 360 (generic: famotidine). Famotidine and ranitidine are both H2 blockers and work equally well to treat heartburn and other stomach conditions. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), famotidine does not have the same cancer risk as ranitidine, making the new Zantac 360 a safer option.
What Is the Average Payout?
Based on prior settlements, our lawyers believe that Zantac cases in the highest settlement tiers (plaintiffs with the most types of cancer and longest use history) may see individual settlement amounts ranging from $300,000 to $400,000. However, this is just an estimate.
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The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Zantac-induced cancer cases in all 50 states.
Again, If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.