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New Instructions from FDA to Makers of Ranitidine
On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) instructed all manufacturers of ranitidine, a heartburn medication, to pull their prescription and over-the-counter products, including brand name Zantac, from the market immediately. The request comes after what they call, “the latest step in an ongoing investigation of a contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications (commonly known by the brand name Zantac).”
The FDA’s ongoing investigation started in mid-2019 after reports from an independent laboratory testing found NDMA impurities in ranitidine. NDMA is a probable human carcinogen, meaning it may cause cancer. At the time, not all versions of the product were withdrawn from the market.
Now, the agency is also advising consumers to stop purchasing or consuming ranitidine products, explaining that, “The FDA is committed to ensuring that the medicines Americans take are safe and effective. We make every effort to investigate potential health risks and provide our recommendations to the public based on the best available science.”
Health Risk Factors
As a probable human carcinogen, NDMA can cause the development of several types of cancer including: Kidney, Bladder, Brain, Liver, Colon, Esophageal, Pancreatic, Blood/Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and Gastric.
The FDA requests that patients who are taking Zantac or other ranitidine products consult with their health care professionals for safer alternative products since there are many drugs available for the same uses as Zantac.
What to Do Next?
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of taking Zantac or any ranitidine product, you should not have to bear the physical and financial burdens caused by a dangerous drug you were never warned about. By filing a lawsuit, and with the help of a Zantac attorney, you may be able to recover damages for the pain and suffering you experienced because of the drug. If a loved one died as a result of cancer caused by Zantac, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
At Baron & Budd, we work hard to get those who have suffered as a result of taking Zantac the compensation they deserve. If you feel we may be able to help you, please call us at 866-723-1890 or complete our online contact form to arrange a no-obligation case review and free consultation.