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Zantac Medication Linked to Cancer Risk: Numerous Lawsuits Filed Against Manufacturers

Popular Heartburn Medication pulled off the Market by the FDA because of Cancer-Causing Substance

On April 1, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that manufacturers of Zantac and its generic counterpart ranitidine be pulled off the market immediately because of its high cancer risk. Zantac/ranitidine contains a substance known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The FDA determined that in some doses, NDMA levels increase over time (particularly when stored at higher than room temperatures), potentially resulting in “consumer exposure to unacceptable levels”. NDMA has been classified by the FDA, World Health Organization (WHO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a cancer-causing substance.

Even prior to the April 1 decision by the FDA to pull Zantac from the market, numerous lawsuits had been filed against manufacturers and distributors of Zantac.

If you or a loved one developed cancer after using Zantac or its generic equivalent ranitidine, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The Alsobrook Law Group is currently accepting cases for those who have suffered from the physical, emotional, and financial effects of this drug. Message us online or call our office today at 334.737.3718 to review your case and discuss your legal rights and options.

What is Zantac?

Zantac/ranitidine is a very popular antacid medication that is widely used for heartburn, acid reflux, and several other stomach, throat, and gastrointestinal conditions. Zantac/ranitidine is a histamine blocker, so it is also regularly prescribed as part of an allergy treatment regimen.

Zantac has been in commercial use since 1981, and it is among the top 100 most prescribed drugs in the United States. For almost four decades, it has been available both over the counter and by prescription. OTC Zantac is normally used by consumers for relatively mild conditions such as heartburn, and the prescription strength version is used to treat more serious conditions such as stomach ulcers.

Zantac Linked to Cancer

N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) is a substance that the World Health Organization has described as “clearly carcinogenic”. Exposure to NDMA has been linked to numerous health complications, which may include stomach cancer, bladder cancer, fibrosis and scarring in the liver, and tumors in the liver, lungs, and kidneys. A number of studies dating all the way back to the 1980s have linked NDMA to cancer.

On September 13, 2019, the FDA issued an advisory reporting that it had discovered NDMA in Zantac/ranitidine at levels ranging from 3,000 to 26,000 times higher than FDA-approved standards. This prompted recalls from retailers like Walgreens and CVS pharmacy. Under FDA guidelines, a 150 mg pill of Zantac should contain no more than 100 nanograms of NDMA. However, some studies have shown that a 150 mg pill of Zantac actually contains more than 2.5 million nanograms of MDMA.

Worse yet, it has been uncovered that Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim, the companies that manufacture Zantac, deliberately concealed the fact that Zantac contained unacceptably high levels of NDMA, causing millions of consumers to become exposed to various forms of cancer and other conditions. This all happened while Zantac became the first drug to generate $1 billion in sales and record unprecedented levels of profit for its manufacturers.

With countless Americans having developed cancer after taking Zantac, it is very important that Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim be held accountable for their reckless actions. This needs to be done not only to fully and fairly compensate victims, but also to help ensure that these companies do not continue to deceive the public by releasing similarly dangerous drugs without adequate warnings in the future.

Damages Available from Zantac Lawsuits

Lawsuits have been filed alleging that users of Zantac/ranitidine were exposed to dangerously high levels of NDMA, that the manufacturers of the drug were aware (or should have been aware) of this, and that they deliberately concealed this fact from consumers and the FDA.

Patients who took Zantac and were later diagnosed with bladder cancer, stomach cancer, or a similar condition may be entitled to a wide range of damages, which may include:

  • Medical costs associated with treating the condition.
  • Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity.
  • The physical pain-and-suffering that resulted from the condition caused by Zantac use.
  • The mental anguish and psychological distress of developing a debilitating and potentially fatal condition.
  • The diminished quality of life resulting from the loss of the ability to participate in activities they were once able to before developing the condition.
  • Punitive damages to punish the manufacturers for willfully deceiving the public about the dangers of developing cancer after taking Zantac.

The first step for victims is to speak with an attorney who has extensive experience successfully pursuing personal injury claims on behalf of clients. Your attorney will thoroughly review your specific circumstances and advise you of your legal rights and options, so you can make the most informed decision on how you wish to proceed.

Zantac Lawsuit Attorney in Alabama

If you or someone close to you developed cancer after taking Zantac/ranitidine, the Alsobrook Law Group is here to help! We are currently providing free case reviews for anyone who calls our office or fills out our online contact form. It costs you nothing to find out if you have a case, and if you do, you will not have to pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

Important update: Our office continues to be fully operational even as our nation deals with the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking all the precautions and following all social distancing guidelines, and we have the technology and resources to provide the same level of service our clients have always received.

For your free Zantac lawsuit consultation, message us online or call our office today at 334.737.3718. We look forward to serving you!

 

 

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How Do Hospitals Cover Up Medical Malpractice?

According to a 2018 research study by Johns Hopkins, over 250,000 patients in the United States die from medical errors every year, and millions more are injured. After cancer and heart disease, medical mistakes constitute the third-largest cause of death in the U.S.

Hospitals often fail to report incidents involving medical negligence, which put the patients in harm’s way. When they cover up medical malpractice, the victim and their family members are deprived of their right to know what really happened to their loved ones and to seek damages.

Worse still, these cover-ups discourage them from identifying and correcting the faults within the hospital system, which means the medical professionals and hospital administrators have little motivation to learn from their errors. Here are some of the ways that hospitals and other health practices cover up medical malpractice:

The Medical Staff Will Simply Not Inform You of the Facts

When you visit a hospital for treatment, you are trusting the doctors with your life and placing your 100% confidence in the integrity and competence of that institution. Since you most likely have none or very little professional knowledge about medical science, you are completely at the mercy of the doctors and dependent on their judgment.

The worst thing that can happen is when the doctor or the hospital exploits your trust and fails to tell you the real facts.

The typical situation that occurs with medical errors is this. Your loved one who is admitted to the hospital has suddenly experienced significant complications, or their condition has deteriorated overnight. You keep asking the doctors and the staff about why or how it happened, but they will simply hide the truth and are not sincere about what really took place.

There is no way for you to know that a medical error occurred in the operating room, or a misdiagnosis had led to a wrong treatment, or a wrong medication was administered. Your loved one may suffer lasting damage, but you do not find out that it happened because of preventable medical errors.

The Hospital will not Provide You with Full Medical Records

If medical negligence has taken place, to cover up the errors, the hospital administration will selectively skip some of the crucial entries in the patient’s medical chart or fail to include all the copies of the medical records.

This will ensure that you have no way to notice that something went wrong during the diagnosis or treatment even if you review the medical records carefully later on.

Hospital administrators know from experience that an average patient or their family members have no way to know if a few vital pages are missing from the medical records, and what things to look for to ensure that the records are complete.

The Doctors will Falsify the Medical Records

To cover up an obvious medical error, the doctors, support teams, or administrative staff may destroy the original medical records and replace them with false ones. Or, they may re-write or change or add to the record to falsify its meaning. This happens all too often – even by people who are supposed to be completely honest and have taken certain oaths that are required to reach their level of professional expertise.

According to medical ethics, if any changes are made to the medical records, the original pages should also be retained along with the new ones. But there are countless medical malpractice cases where doctors and hospitals will be tempted to cover up their negligence.

A Conspiracy of Silence

One of the common behaviors on part of the doctors, nurses, and hospital administrators is that when a patient dies or gets seriously injured due to medical negligence, individuals who were not directly involved in the treatment will also maintain silence and attempt to cover up the obvious errors committed by their colleagues. They will all unite in the defense of their common interests.

In many cases, this “conspiracy of silence” occurs because the hospital management has created an environment where people fear for their jobs. If there are precedents where medical team members have been fired because they raised concerns about patient safety, others will be reluctant to speak in the future.

When the hospitals and doctors put their own interests above those of the patient and cover up medical errors, it is often difficult to hold them accountable. Only experienced medical malpractice attorneys who not only understand the law but also have insights into how the hospital’s team might think or act in a given situation will be able to identify and establish this type of medical negligence. 

Speak to a Knowledgeable Alabama Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today

If you or someone you love has suffered due to the negligence of a medical professional, we are here to help. Schedule a free consultation with a seasoned attorney at the Alsobrook Law Group. Call 334.737.3718 or message us through our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.