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What to Know About the Zantac® (Ranitidine) Voluntary Recall

November 15th, 2019 Dangerous Drugs
Zantac

When we purchase medication – whether over the counter or by prescription – we expect that it will help to make what is ailing us better. But sometimes that is not always the case. Ranitidine, often known by its brand name Zantac®, is a heartburn medication used by millions in the U.S. However, according to a recent announcement by the FDA, preliminary tests have found low levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), an environmental contaminant classified as a probable carcinogen.

Types of cancers that could be related to the use of the drug include:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Esphageal Cancer
  • Intestinal Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer

Valisure, an online pharmacy, was the first to alert the FDA of what they had found to be “extremely high levels” of NDMA. The FDA claims that the drug may be dangerous only if taken in high doses over a long period of time. However, according to independent laboratory testing, the amount of N-Nitrososdimethylamine (NDMA) in Zantac® tested at 3,171 times greater than the FDA’s daily intake limit.

Symptoms of Overexposure to NDMA

Aside from causing cancer, NDMA is a powerful hepatotoxin. NDMA exposure over a short period of time can result in liver damage, while long-term exposure can increase your risk of kidney, liver, and lung tumors. The following symptoms are indicative of NDMA over-exposure:

  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Enlarged Liver
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea
  • Reduced Kidney, Liver, and Lung Function
  • Vomiting

The FDA has asked that all companies that manufacture the drug properly test it – as well as other drugs in the same class of H2 blockers as well as proton-pump inhibitors, another drug used for similar conditions. Though the FDA has allowed the medication to remain on shelves, many manufacturers such as Novartis/Sandoz, GlaxoSmithKline, and Apotex, and pharmacies such as CVA and Walgreen’s have issued voluntary recalls, pulling it from their shelves. It has been recalled in multiple other countries.

Manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of these products are legally liable for this compensation. You may be awarded for things such as:

  • Damages (Compensatory and Punitive)
  • Lifetime Care
  • Lost Wages
  • Medical Bills
  • Medical Monitoring
  • Pain & Suffering
  • & More

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