Learn About a Zantac Lawsuit
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If you believe your injuries may qualify you to file a Zantac® lawsuit, talk to an experienced Zantac lawyer about your case. Our team of drug injury lawyers understand the process and strategy of taking on large pharmaceutical companies to get our clients justice.
Millions of people have taken Zantac over the years to alleviate acid reflux, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal problems. But unfortunately, as is too often the case, a drug meant to help people has harmed many trusting users. Zantac and its generic version, ranitidine, were found to have a cancer-causing ingredient. There have reportedly been thousands of illnesses and deaths from using the drug, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Adverse Events Reporting System (FAERS) Public Dashboard.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer after taking the drug, you should consider how a Zantac lawsuit could provide you with much-needed compensation as you combat your illness.
Zantac and ranitidine were brought to the market in the 1980s. The drug was recalled in 2019 and the recall was expanded in 2020 because of an increased cancer risk. It’s a story that defective drug lawyers know all too well: a company manufactures and sells a dangerous drug; that drug is found to cause users great harm; and, after years of its being on the market, the drug maker is forced by the FDA to recall the product after illnesses and injuries are exposed. In most cases, drug manufacturers deny any liability for the harm their product has caused. It’s only after lawsuits are filed that people get justice for the harm they’ve suffered.
Arrange a Free Consultation with Our Zantac Attorney Today
Have you been diagnosed with cancer and are now considering filing a Zantac lawsuit? Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to arrange a free consultation with a Zantac lawyer by dialing (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
Why File a Zantac Lawsuit?
You May Be Entitled to Financial Compensation
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or a generic version of the drug, then you may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer for the harm its products have caused you. You could potentially get compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses – This includes all past and future medical care, such as hospitalization, ongoing treatment, medications, and any other related costs.
- Loss of income – All lost wages and future income that is lost because of your cancer diagnosis.
- Pain and suffering – Mental and physical pain and suffering caused by cancer and its effects.
- Punitive damages – Punitive damages meant to punish drug companies may be awarded in cases of gross negligence.
In addition to the compensation you may get in a Zantac lawsuit, you will also have the satisfaction of holding the manufacturer accountable. When large drug companies do wrong by consumers, it demands legal action. Drug makers have shown repeatedly over the years that they will not own up to their mistakes without a fight.
When you stand up to big pharmaceutical companies, you are pursuing justice for the harm they’ve caused you. You are also sending the message to these and other drug makers that they will be held responsible for their negligence.
Bringing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Additionally, if you believe your loved one died of cancer due to Zantac use, you could be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. According to Texas law, spouses, parents, and children of people who lose their lives due to the negligence of another party are eligible to file a legal claim for wrongful death. If those family members don’t file within three months of the death, the estate executor or administrator can file a claim unless asked not to by the eligible survivors. Damages in a wrongful death suit could include:
- Your family member’s medical costs related to their illness
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost earning capacity and lost inheritance
- Emotional pain and anguish of survivors
- Loss of love, companionship, and comfort
- Loss of care, support, advice, and counsel
Call Our Zantac Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you’re interested in learning more about filing a Zantac lawsuit for yourself or due to the loss of a family member, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law for a free consultation.
We will compassionately answer your questions and help you understand your options. Call us at (713) 973-8888 or fill out our online contact form to get started.
What You Should Know About the History of Zantac
Zantac was sold for decades as a drug that blocks stomach acid and helps with heartburn. Doctors wrote millions of prescriptions annually for the drug, and it was also available over the counter. For decades, its safety was never questioned. That changed after the FDA’s announcement that a probable human carcinogen had been detected in Zantac and generic versions of the drug and ordered that it be removed from store shelves.
The carcinogen discovered in Zantac is called N-Nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA for short. If that sounds familiar, it might be because the presence of NDMA in blood-pressure medications led to a substantial recall of those drugs in recent years.
Immediately after the FDA announcement, many companies selling generic ranitidine drugs voluntarily recalled their products. Several other countries acted swiftly to ban it from their markets. In addition to U.S. recalls, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland stopped the drug’s distribution.
As for Zantac, you may see it on store shelves again. In 2021, a new version of Zantac that does not contain the active ingredient ranitidine returned to the market. Called Zantac 360®, this over-the-counter medication contains an active ingredient called famotidine that is not associated with cancer risk.
Zantac and Generic Ranitidine Drugs Linked to Several Cancers
Cancers of the gastrointestinal system have been most often linked to NDMA, but other cancers have been pointed to in studies. Cancers that may be linked to NDMA include:
- Bladder Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Gastric Cancer
- Intestinal Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
Not surprisingly, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, the maker of Zantac, has downplayed the dangers of NDMA’s presence in its product. However, some lawsuits allege that the company knew about a cancer link for years before the FDA studies that led to the recall, but they kept it quiet in order to increase profits.
If you regularly used Zantac or a similar drug with ranitidine and were diagnosed with cancer, we may be able to help you get compensation. Reach out to our law firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Status of Zantac Side Effects Lawsuit
Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. have sued Sonofi and its co-defendants since the FDA released its findings related to the drug. Federally filed lawsuits related to Zantac have been consolidated into multi-district litigation (MDL) in Florida, which is when many cases involving a similar issue are transferred to a single court to increase efficiency in pre-trial proceedings. Multi-district litigation is commonly used in large and complex cases involving dangerous pharmaceutical drugs.
Unlike a class-action lawsuit where one person files a case on behalf of an entire class, cases in an MDL remain separate and involve separate settlement amounts. In an MDL, judges choose a few “bellwether” cases to be tried. How these cases proceed and resolve is an indicator of how other cases may proceed. Sometimes the publicity from bellwether cases can also cause companies to settle more quickly to avoid negative attention.
In connection with this Zantac MDL, it has been alleged, according to an article in Bloomberg News, that the drug maker deleted internal emails related to the FDA recall. A court filing related to the emails said the deletion will “make it more difficult for consumers to show Sanofi and other drug makers allowed a suspected carcinogen to taint Zantac.” Drug makers who have been named in lawsuits along with Sanofi include GlaxoSmithKline, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, and Chattem Inc.
Get Help from a Zantac Attorney
This type of negligence on behalf of a drug maker is concerning, which is why we’re accepting inquiries from concerned cancer patients who believe that Zantac might have caused their disease.
Please contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury law at (713) 973-8888 to learn more about filing a Zantac lawsuit. We will advise you about the process for starting your legal claim.
Zantac Lawsuit Settlement Amounts
When you are suffering from a debilitating disease that is very expensive to treat, it’s natural to wonder how much compensation you may be able to get. There are no Zantac lawsuit settlement amounts we can point to as examples of how much cases may be worth. (Regardless, past results cannot predict future outcomes – as each case is unique.) There have not yet been any settlements by the drug maker, who continues to deny responsibility.
However, the drug company made billions of dollars in profits off of Zantac over the decades. Potential settlements for personal injury and wrongful death claims could be very high, depending on the unique facts in each case. If the drug maker is found to be grossly negligent and punitive damages are awarded, that will significantly increase compensation.
Our Zantac Attorney Can Help Value Your Claim
After we complete our initial consultation, we will get your case to our Zantac legal team for further evaluation. We will get your help to complete an important questionnaire – and to obtain relevant medical and billing records. Along the way, our attorneys will give you a better understanding of what your claim may be worth, explain the process, and help you understand what to expect along the way.
What Should You Do If You Are Considering a Zantac Lawsuit?
Call Our Experienced Team to Work with Our Zantac Lawyer Today
The first thing you should do if you are considering filing a Zantac lawsuit against Sanofi or any other manufacturer of ranitidine is to contact our experienced drug injury attorneys. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we are currently advising people who used Zantac regularly and now have cancer about a potential lawsuit against Sanofi.
Your health is most important of all. If you have not been diagnosed with cancer but have possible symptoms and used Zantac regularly, see your doctor right away. If you have encountered medical issues that you believe might have stemmed from Zantac, consider mapping out a timeline of your Zantac use and your cancer diagnosis.
If you believe that your cancer diagnosis stems from ranitidine, now is the time to begin exploring a possible Zantac lawsuit. As cases continue to progress through pre-trial proceedings and get closer to being heard, it will continue to generate momentum for legal action against Sanofi. It’s vital to begin speaking to an attorney while Zantac lawsuits are in this critical stage.
Call The Zantac Lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law Today
We have a track record of helping people who have suffered serious injuries and illnesses from defective drugs. Our team is accepting inquiries from cancer patients with a history of Zantac or ranitidine use. We believe that the only way to hold negligent drug manufacturers accountable is through our legal system.
Terry Bryant is a Board Certified personal injury trial lawyer (by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization) and a former judge in Texas. He founded his highly respected Houston law firm in 1985. He and his handpicked team of attorneys know the law, and they are committed to getting compensation for their clients.
Don’t hesitate to get started. To speak to an experienced and dedicated attorney about a Zantac lawsuit, call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law today at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000. Or you can simply fill out our online contact form and we will respond to your inquiry right away.