Zantac (Ranitidine) Lawsuits

What is Zantac and Ranitidine?

For almost 20 years, Zantac has been the brand name of one of the most popular medications to treat heartburn and indigestion.  It works by decreasing the levels of stomach acid with histamine-2 blockers.  The antacid drug could easily be found over-the-counter, but was also heavily prescribed by doctors treating more serious acid-producing stomach conditions and ulcers.  Millions were purchased in the store and written as prescriptions every year as safe treatment for heartburn, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sour stomach, Barrett's esophagus, acid reflux, and other issues.

The generic name of Zantac, and active ingredient, is a substance called Ranitidine.  It was recently acknowledged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that medications containing ranitidine contained alarming levels of a carcinogenic substance called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

NDMA has been a notorious health concern, spanning decades, as exposure increases the risks of certain cancers and other internal damages in humans.  Although its common to ingest low levels that are naturally present in foods or water, complications and risks can develop from prolonged exposure at greater strengths.  The levels of NDMA found in Zantac may be 3,000 to 26,000 times higher than legally allowed by the FDA.

Zantac FDA warnings and drug removal of Ranitidine

In April 2020, the FDA requested the drug be immediately removed from the market and for patients to stop taking it entirely.  Manufacturers were to withdrawal all ranitidine products and retailers to pull it from the shelves.

The FDA news release also stated that the longer Ranitidine is stored, the higher the levels of NDMA can be found.   Essentially, the aging of the drug can make it more toxic.

For more information on the FDA News Release, click here


Zantac makers failed to notify patients of the cancer risks

Galindo Law stands strong in holding the drug makers accountable for allegedly concealing that Zantac (Ranitidine) linked to cancer, and for putting profit before people. Since the 1980s, numerous studies have demonstrated a link between the NDMA in Zantac and cancer. Mounting evidence also allegedly shows that Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim, the big pharma companies that make Zantac (ranitidine), concealed the Zantac cancer link from millions of people who took the drug. This deception came as the companies made unprecedented profits from Zantac, the first drug to generate $1 billion in sales. 

Family members who have passed away or developed certain cancers from the use of ranitidine medications like Zantac may have viable legal claims. 


Answers to Common Questions about Zantac Exposure

Common Zantac Brands that contain Ranitidine

Below are some of the most common Zantac brands and generic ranitidine brand names:

  • Zantac 150 Tablets
  • Zantac 150 Maximum Strength
  • Zantac 150 Maximum Strength Cool Mint
  • Zantac 75 Tablets
  • Wal-Zan 150
  • Wal-Zan 75
  • Heartburn Relief (ranitidine)
  • Acid Reducer (ranitidine)
  • Acid Control (ranitidine)

What is Zantac?

Chemically known as ranitidine hydrochloride, Zantac (ranitidine) belongs to a class of drugs called histamine H2-receptor antagonists (or H2 blockers), which decrease the amount of acid produced by the stomach. Zantac is a very popular antacid medication that has been on the market since the early 1980s. Zantac is available over the counter (Zantac OTC) and by prescription. People commonly use Zantac for acid reflux, heartburn, and a host of other stomach, throat, and gastrointestinal issues. Others use Zantac for allergies to supplement their treatment regimen. ​Zantac dosage varies between 75 and 150 mg tablets, though some patients take a once daily Zantac 300 mg dosage.

What types of cancer is Zantac linked to?

The link between Zantac and cancer goes back decades. Below are some of the cancers associated with Ranitidine:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Colorectal cancer (colon and rectal cancer)
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer (non-smokers)
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Uterine cancer

Should you file a Zantac claim?

If you, a loved one, or a friend has been affected, now is the time to act, as cases such as these are just being filed. Anyone that has been consuming Zantac and developed liver cancer, kidney cancer, gastric cancer or colorectal cancer should consider filing a lawsuit to receive compensation. Financial compensation may be awarded to cover medical expenses, lost wages, loss of diminished earning capacity, and physical pain and suffering. There is a short statute of limitations to file suit.

Why Galindo Law for your Zantac Lawsuit?

Our success isn’t just measured by the financial compensation we bring in on behalf of our clients. We are also committed to protecting people and the environment from harmful products. ​Galindo Law has earned a reputation for winning big cases against big companies. Our firm has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements across all areas of personal injury practices on behalf of our clients, people just like you. If you would like more information on what our firm can do for you, give us a call anytime or fill out the following contact form to schedule a free Zantac lawsuit consult.