Zantac is used by patients across the country to combat indigestion. Unfortunately, studies have shown that medication increases a person’s risk of getting cancer. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our award-winning law firm is dedicated to helping patients harmed by defective prescription and over-the-counter medications. We help clients throughout Florida and the United States get the compensation they deserve. Today, our skilled Zantac cancer attorneys want to discuss the case of a Florida woman who says her cancer was caused by Zantac.
Florida woman says cancer was caused by Zantac
When Jill Goldstein, a 44-year-old woman from Boynton Beach, was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of last year, she wanted to know why. She began researching the disease and discovered that her nearly 20-year use of the over-the-counter and prescription drug Zantac may have been the culprit.
At Colson Hick Eidson, we have been reporting on Zantac’s potential cancer-causing problems for a while now. According to a 2008 study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center showed that “those who regularly take Zantac face a 240 percent greater risk of developing ductal carcinoma than those who don’t take the medication.”
That was 2008. Now, in 2020, we have to wonder why there were no Zantac recalls until last year. The drug, used by more than 15 million people a year, has come under scrutiny since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered that it contained alarming levels of Ranitidine. When ranitidine is metabolized in the body, it turns into N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a cancer-causing carcinogen.
Studies show that the Zantac 150 mg tablets contained over 2,500,000 nanograms of NDMA. The daily limit that is safe for humans is only 96 nanograms.
Jill Goldstein has filed a lawsuit against the makers of Zantac, claiming they have caused her cancer. She joins dozens of others across the US who have filed lawsuits against companies like Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and others, all claiming that their cancer was caused by Zantac.
Sanofi, the current distributor of Zantac, is adamant that their medication is safe. In a statement, the company said, “The longstanding science supports the safety of Zantac, which has been available over-the-counter for more than two decades.”
The FDA has ordered more testing of Zantac, and they have asked the company to determine the level of NDMA in the medication before it is released to be sold to the public.
We are ready to help you get through this
If you or a loved one have cancer and you think that Zantac is the cause, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our attorneys help clients throughout Florida and the US. Our goal is to investigate your case and secure the compensation you deserve, including:
- The cost of any medical bills related to your cancer
- Recovery of income lost if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against Sanofi