Heartburn is a tragedy. It creeps up on you and then hits like a freight train. Typically people know what triggers their heartburn, but you have to learn the hard way—by eating something you love and then feeling the after-effects. When you google heartburn relief, you will find drugs like Nexium, Pepcid, or Prilosec. What you don’t see is what was one of the most popular heartburn drugs: Zantac.
Our successful Zantac cancer attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson are very familiar with the story of Zantac. If you or someone you love has developed cancer and took Zantac, we are here to fight for you.
What Happened To Zantac?
In April 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration requested that the manufacturers stop making the prescription and over-the-counter Zantac immediately. The immediate removal was due to an ongoing investigation of a contaminant in the medicine that can cause cancer. The contaminant increases over time if stored in higher-than-normal temperatures.
The contaminant is N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA. NDMA is a human carcinogen in which the FDA has been investigating its levels in ranitidine since the summer of 2019. Even though the FDA has stated that the levels have not been significant in the few samples they have tested, the FDA is aware that the mass production needs more attention than just a few samples. This was a highly used drug, and people’s health should be a top priority.
Since the news broke in 2020, top companies like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart have stopped shelving the Zantac and other over-the-counter ranitidine drugs. Following the major chains refusals to sell the drug, the actual drugmaker Sanofi decided to voluntarily stop the production and selling of Zantac to the US and to Canada. The company stated that the decision to stop the drug’s production and the sale was due to “inconsistencies in preliminary test results.”
Who Do You Believe? Big Pharma?
We get it. There is no one cure-all for any ailment. We live our lives, making the best decisions with the information we have. But this isn’t some mild reaction to a skin cream or getting a fuzzy tongue from eating pineapple; this is cancer. There is scientific evidence showing that Zantac was contaminated with nearly 3,000 times the FDA daily intake limit of NDMA. Your life is in danger, and the company in charge should pay.
What We Can Do
Big pharma is big. Pharmaceutical companies have money, politics, and manpower. But what they don’t have is the truth. Our savvy and deeply dedicated attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson have successfully attacked big pharma before, and we are doing it again. Our goal is to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve, such as the cost of current and future medical bills, mental anguish damages, recovery of income, loss of enjoyment of life, and any punitive damages against the drug company. If you or a loved one has developed cancer and takes or took Zantac, contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7400.