Zantac has been used for many years to treat heartburn. It is an over-the-counter medication and, until recently, was readily available in many drug stores.
However, in 2020, the drug was recalled by the FDA after evidence began to surface regarding the cancer-causing nature of the drug. Since then, Zantac and generic versions of the medication have been pulled from the shelves and lawsuits are mounting from people who have developed cancer as a result of using it.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer as a result of using Zantac for heartburn, you deserve justice. Filing a Zantac lawsuit with a settlement lawyer can help you get all of the compensation to which you are due.
Zantac and Cancer
Zantac is made up of various chemicals that are designed to reduce heartburn in patients. Unfortunately, the medication contains a chemical contaminant known as NDMA.
NDMA is a “probable human carcinogen”, meaning that it likely causes cancer, but it can’t be said definitively. It should be stated, however, that NDMA has been used in laboratory testing to create cancer in rats.
Zantac has been associated with multiple cancers including:
- Digestive System Cancers. Cancer in organs such as the stomach, intestines, colon, rectum, and esophagus have all been correlated with Zantac use.
- Reproductive System Cancers. Cancer of reproductive organs such as the testicles and prostate (in men) and the ovaries and uterus (in women) have been linked with Zantac use.
- Cancers of Other Systems. Various brain cancers, blood cancers, and lung cancers (even in non-smokers) have been associated with Zantac use.
Do You Qualify for a Settlement?
In order to be eligible for a Zantac settlement, you need to meet the following two criteria:
- Younger than 66 years of age.
- Zantac use for greater than 3 months.
You or your lawyer will need to prove that Zantac led to you developing cancer due to the design of the drug being defective and that the company did not adequately warn consumers of the potential risks of taking Zantac.
It’s important to note that no settlements have been reached in Zantac cases as of yet. Legal experts anticipate that by late 2021 or 2022, settlements will be paid out to affected individuals.
What Should You Do If You Think Your Cancer Was Caused by Zantac Use?
The first step in any situation involving your health is to ensure that you are receiving appropriate medical care. You should be seen by a doctor as quickly as possible to receive a diagnosis and to begin treatment.
After your medical needs are met, you may consider contacting a Zantac settlement lawyer. These legal experts have tried many similar cases in the past and once settlements are reached in Zantac cases, they will be ready to help you get what you deserve.
Things tend to move very quickly in dangerous drug cases. Therefore, it is a good idea to act as soon as possible, as waiting may make it harder to receive compensation. Call today!