Zantac is the most common name for ranitidine, an over-the-counter drug used by thousands of Americans to reduce heartburn and stomach acid production. Unfortunately, the FDA found traces of a probable human carcinogen known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in some batches of ranitidine, spanning across multiple pharmaceutical products. While most of the pharmaceutical companies have already committed to voluntary recalls, this may not be enough to prevent cancer and other injuries in long-term Zantac users.
At Monge & Associates, our dedicated product liability lawyers can help you hold the pharmaceutical companies accountable for this unacceptable level of negligence. If you or your loved ones received a cancer diagnosis after using contaminated ranitidine, we can assist you with filing a mass tort case for your Zantac injuries. By participating in a mass tort action, you will be empowered to seek justice for your losses – and our attorneys will serve as your advocates every step of the way.
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Side-Effects of Defective Heartburn Medication
N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) is a semivolatile organic chemical that has been shown to cause cancer in lab rats – and this is why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) and the EPA currently classify this substance as a probable carcinogen for humans. In addition to causing cancer, high levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) exposure can cause a range of other dangerous illnesses. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) does allow low levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in food and medicine, pharmaceutical companies have been advised to recall if their testing demonstrates N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) levels above 0.32 parts per million.
Here are a few of the main side-effects associated with N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) exposure:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramps
- Reduced kidney function
- Abnormal tissue growths and tumors
- Reduced liver function
Who Is Responsible for Zantac Defects?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) first began to sound the alarm about Zantac in September 2019, after online pharmacy company Valisure reported dangerously high levels of NDMA in certain ranitidine products. Since then, multiple pharmaceutical companies – including Sanofi, the manufacturer of brand-name Zantac – have participated in voluntary recalls on affected ranitidine batches. For those who have been taking ranitidine for years, however, these recalls may be “too little too late.”
In the case of valsartan, Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) investigators eventually identified overseas manufacturers as the primary source for N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) contamination – most notably Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical, Co. in China and Hetero Labs Limited in India. Because it has become common practice for pharmaceutical companies to outsource their manufacturing abroad, investigators worried that more NDMA contamination would be found in other medications, and these fears turned out to be well-substantiated.
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NDMA is a common byproduct in industrial and manufacturing processes, which means that pharmaceutical companies should be vigilant for signs of contamination during the drug manufacturing cycle. By performing regular batch tests, using clean lab equipment, and adequately monitoring overseas facilities, companies can prevent dangerous contamination in medications. Failing to do so may result in serious injury or illness for the patients who depend on these drugs.
If you believe that your injuries were caused by N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) contamination in Zantac, you may have grounds to bring a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company and any third-party manufacturers. Mass tort actions are often the most effective way to seek damages on this scale, as a mass tort allows you to file with a group of other affected plaintiffs. When you call Monge & Associates, we’ll walk you through all the legal options and offer the powerful representation you deserve for your case.
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