The FDA ordered that all prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine medications, which include Zantac, be removed from the market.
Research found that ranitidine products contained NDMA, a chemical that increases cancer risk.
The Law Firm of Roger 'Rocky' Walton, P.C. in Arlington, TX, is here to help victims file Zantac recall lawsuits...
About Zantac (Ranitidine Hydrochloride)
Ranitidine was a popular heartburn medication available in tablet and liquid form. It was manufactured and sold under the brand name Zantac by the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. News reports estimate that around 15 million Americans took prescription Zantac, and millions more took over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine.
Why People Took Ranitidine
Ranitidine is a histamine 2 blocker (H2 blocker) used to reduce the production of stomach acid. It was helpful in relieving heartburn, acid reflux, and ulcers, providing relief when antacids and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) proved ineffective.
Prescription and OTC
Ranitidine drugs were available both OTC and by prescription. In addition to Zantac, many companies manufactured generic versions of the drug to be sold at Rite-Aid, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, and other drugstores.
The FDA Recall
The Food and Drug Administration issued a safety advisory in September 2019. The drugs were removed from shelves in April 2020 given new research into the dangers of the B2 carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).
The Dangers of Zantac (Ranitidine) Why the Drug was Recalled
Concerns About NDMANDMA was at one time used to make rocket fuel, though its use was discontinued after high levels of the chemical were found in air, soil, and water samples near manufacturing plants.
High NDMA LevelsPeople ingest safe, low levels of NDMA every day through food and water. The amount found in ranitidine drugs was potentially dangerous for regular human consumption.
Long-term Cancer RiskAs a probable human carcinogen, exposure to NDMA increases cancer risk. The World Health Organization (WHO) notes a link between NDMA and higher risk of gastric cancer and colorectal cancer.
Risk of Liver DamageIn addition to gastric and colorectal cancers, NDMA has also been linked to an increased risk of liver damage. Even low levels of NDMA can be toxic to a person's liver.
Increased Danger Over TimeWhile NDMA levels in ranitidine are initially low, they can increase when stored at room temperature or higher. That means older ranitidine products are potentially more dangerous to consumers.
A List of Ranitidine Products Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications
This list of ranitidine drugs includes brand names and generics. These drugs were available at CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Walmart, and other drugstores:
- Acid Control (Ranitidine)
- Acid Reducer (Ranitidine)
- Heartburn Relief (Ranitidine)
- Wal-Zan 75
- Wal-Zan 150
- Zantac 75 Tablets
- Zantac 150 Tablets
- Zantac 150 Maximum Strength
- Zantac 150 Maximum Strength Cool Mint
Contact a Product Liability Attorney About Defective and Dangerous Drug Lawsuits
If harmful drugs have caused injury to you or someone you love, you can count on the product liability lawyers at the Law Firm of Roger 'Rocky' Walton, P.C. We proudly serve the people of Arlington, TX, and communities throughout the state by holding negligent companies and individuals liable for their actions. There are Spanish-speaking members of staff at our law firm, allowing us to serve as many members of the community as possible.
Roger 'Rocky' Walton has lived in Arlington since 1975, and has represented clients since 1987. He is a board-certified personal injury lawyer, a distinction held by less than 3 percent of attorneys in the state of Texas. Rocky is a member of the American Trial Lawyers of America, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, and the Texas Bar Association. He is currently on the board of directors of the Arlington Bar Association.
If you would like to discuss your legal options regarding the Zantac recall, contact our Arlington law firm online. You can also reach our lawyers by phone at:
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Recommendations
Stop Taking Ranitidine Drugs
If you currently have any prescription Zantac or any over-the-counter ranitidine products, stop taking these drugs immediately. Dispose of these tablet or liquid medications safely and avoid purchasing any other drugs that contain ranitidine.
Discuss Ranitidine Alternatives
If you still require medication to treat heartburn or GERD, discuss safe Zantac alternatives with your general practitioner or a pharmacist. They can recommend safe heartburn drugs that do not contain NDMA and will not pose long-term health risks.
Why You Need a Dangerous Drug Attorney
Knowledge of Product Liability LawsWhen filing a legal claim against a drug manufacturer, our lawyers will note existing product liability statutes as well as any previous dangerous drug lawsuits that are pertinent to the ranitidine claim.
Focus on Organization and DetailsOur dangerous drug lawyers are detail-oriented. We will work within statutes of limitations and other filing deadlines, and keep clients updated with any progress in the ranitidine case as the legal process moves forward.
Legal Peace of MindThese lawsuits take time, which can take a toll on people dealing with health problems due to ranitidine products. Having product liability lawyers on your side allows you to focus on healing.
Lawyers Who Care About You We are Here for the People of Arlington
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