Zantac patients may be at risk of developing intestinal cancer. The popular heartburn medication was recalled in 2020 because of the presence of a cancer-causing contaminant. If you were diagnosed with intestinal cancer after taking Zantac, the injury lawyers at Estey & Bomberger, LLP can help.
Our Zantac lawsuit attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims of dangerous and defective drugs. We can represent your case against the manufacturer and work tirelessly to secure the settlement that you deserve.
Why Choose Us for Your Zantac Intestinal Cancer Lawsuit
- Our firm specializes in lawsuits against manufacturers of dangerous pharmaceuticals, including Zantac. Our product liability lawyers have the skills and experience necessary to represent your claim.
- We have helped thousands of clients secure justice in their lawsuits. Over a five-year period, our attorneys recovered over $500 million in settlements and jury verdicts.
- We understand how painful a cancer diagnosis can be. Our firm will handle all matters related to your case so that you can focus on treatment and recovery.
What Is Zantac?
Zantac, also sold under the generic name ranitidine, is a medication that was used to treat gastroesophageal conditions. Patients who lived with acid reflux, stomach ulcers, and heartburn often relied on Zantac to relieve their symptoms. However, Zantac has since been recalled from the United States market.
There are several manufacturers that produced Zantac:
- GSMS, Inc.
- Novitium Pharma
- Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.
- Perrigo Company plc
- Aurobindo Pharma USA
- Lannett Company, Inc.
- American Health Packaging
- Apotex Corp.
- Appco Pharma LLC
- Glenmark Pharmaceutical Inc.
- Precision Dose Inc.
- Sandoz Inc.
- Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Why Did the FDA Recall Zantac?
In April 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested a recall of all Zantac and ranitidine products. This decision came after researchers discovered unsafe levels of a carcinogen called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in the medication.
NDMA is a contaminant that is naturally found in water, some foods, and the environment. Once used to make rocket fuel, it is now used by scientists to induce tumors for laboratory studies. Humans can safely consume up to 96 nanograms per day, but the FDA discovered levels that well exceeded this limit.
The NDMA impurity in Zantac increases over time and when the medication is improperly stored or is exposed to high temperatures. Based on its findings, the FDA chose to recall Zantac as it may raise patients’ risk of certain types of cancer, including intestinal cancer.
What Is Intestinal Cancer?
The intestines are a tube that connects the stomach to the anus. The large intestine, also known as the colon or the large bowel, absorbs water from waste products. On the other hand, the small intestine or the small bowel absorbs nutrients from the food we eat and the water that we drink.
Intestinal cancer is a rare condition that primarily affects the small intestine. It usually begins in the lining of the small intestine and may spread to other parts of the body. This condition may impact your ability to digest food and lead to serious and unpleasant complications.
Symptoms of intestinal cancer can be difficult to diagnose, but some of the most common signs include the following:
- Weakness or fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blood in the stool
- A lump in the abdomen
- Black, tarry bowel movements
How to File a Zantac Intestinal Cancer Claim
If you were diagnosed with intestinal cancer after taking Zantac, you may be eligible for a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturers. By filing this type of claim, you could recover financial compensation to pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
To secure a settlement in a Zantac intestinal cancer claim, you will need to gather enough evidence to prove the following facts:
- You were diagnosed with intestinal cancer.
- Zantac is defective.
- Zantac’s defect caused your cancer.
- You were taking the medication as the manufacturer intended.
Generally, people are eligible for a Zantac cancer claim if they used to take Zantac for at least one year and were diagnosed with a cancer related to Zantac, including intestinal cancer. Additionally, at least one year must have passed from the date the patient started taking Zantac and the date of the cancer diagnosis.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for a Zantac cancer claim, our team of specialized Zantac injury lawyers at Estey & Bomberger, LLP can help. Our attorneys can carefully evaluate your case and help you better understand your legal options.
How Much Is a Zantac Intestinal Cancer Lawsuit Settlement?
Zantac cancer settlements depend on the individual losses that you suffered. As a result, it can be difficult to accurately estimate your case value without speaking with an attorney. Generally, you can recover the following damages in a Zantac lawsuit:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Disability accommodations
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
Filing Deadlines for Zantac Cancer Lawsuits
The statute of limitations is a law that sets a time limit for filing certain types of lawsuits. Different states have different statutes of limitations for Zantac lawsuits. Depending on where you live, you may have as little as one year to five years or longer to file your claim.
- California has a two-year statute of limitations for product liability lawsuits, meaning that you must file within two years from the date of your diagnosis.
- Arizona also has a two-year statute of limitations, but you cannot file a claim more than 12 years after you first purchased the product.
- Nevada law requires you to file a Zantac lawsuit within four years of the date of your cancer diagnosis.
- New York law requires that you file a Zantac lawsuit within three years from the date of your diagnosis.
- North Dakota law requires you to file a Zantac lawsuit within 10 years from the date of the initial purchase or 11 years from the date of manufacture.
If you do not file your lawsuit within the appropriate deadline, the court will likely dismiss your case and you will not be able to recover compensation. To protect your rights and preserve your future case, contact a Zantac injury attorney as soon as possible to determine your appropriate statute of limitations.
Contact a Zantac Cancer Lawyer at Estey & Bomberger, LLP Today
Were you diagnosed with intestinal cancer after taking Zantac? The Zantac intestinal cancer lawyers at Estey & Bomberger, LLP represent clients nationwide and can fight for your right to justice. Contact us today to schedule your free case consultation with a Zantac intestinal cancer attorney.