Florida Zantac Attorney
If you take certain medications to treat heartburn, high blood pressure, or ulcers, you should be aware of recent actions and announcements by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regarding Zantac. This drug and many others that contain ranitidine as an active ingredient may have been contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable cancer-causing substance. Though NDMA has been discovered in trace amounts in Zantac and related products, the levels are still high enough to raise alarms regarding the health risks.
Fortunately, you do have legal options if you suffered harm because of taking Zantac. Many cases are currently pending against various manufacturers, alleging misconduct and requesting monetary damages for victims. You may be eligible for compensation, and our lawyers at Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A. can assist with the legal process. Please contact our firm to set up a complimentary consultation with a Florida Zantac attorney, and read on for an overview about the legal issues.
NDMA Contamination in Zantac
Some drugs are dangerous because they contain ingredients that are intentionally included as part of the formula. In the case of Zantac and other ranitidine medications, the toxic substance NDMA was unintentionally introduced through contamination. To understand the dangerous, you should note that:
- The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified NDMA as a probable human carcinogen, so it is recognized as cancer-causing;
- There are multiple sources of NDMA as a contaminant, including solvents used in the manufacturing process and exposure to moisture during storage;
- Small amounts of NDMA are not cause for concern, but FDA testing found that some Zantac samples contained more than 26,000 times the safe level.
- The biggest risk of ingesting NDMA by taking Zantac is that contamination can lead to bladder and stomach cancers, as well as cancerous diseases of the kidneys, liver, and other internal organs.
Manufacturer Liability for Dangerous Drugs
Plaintiffs in lawsuits involving Zantac claim that Sanofi and other makers of the drug knew of the NDMA contamination but failed to warn the public. Not knowing the risks, these individuals developed various forms of cancer. There are numerous lawsuits currently pending, some of which have been or may be granted status as a class action.
Our attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A. are prepared to represent clients in individual cases, but we are also prepared to advocate on your behalf as a member of the class. Depending upon your circumstances, you may be entitled to recover different types of compensation, such as:
- Medical costs;
- Pain and suffering; and,
- Monetary damages for surviving family members, who may have a wrongful death claim after a loved one died from taking Zantac.
Our Florida Zantac Lawyers Can Explain Your Legal Options
To learn more about your rights after suffering harm from NDMA-contaminated Zantac, please call 305-445-1111 or go online to reach our team at Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A. We can schedule a free case assessment at our offices in Coral Gables, FL. After we learn more about your circumstances, we can explain the legal process and develop a strategy to recover compensation for your losses.