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Zantac Recall

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration put Zantac users on alert in the latter part of 2019. The popular gastric reflux drug might be contaminated with a cancer-causing substance known as NDMA. The FDA followed its initial announcement with a voluntary Zantac recall and an alert to health care professionals.

In April, 2020, the FDA formally requested the removal of all ranitidine products (Zantac) from the market.

The FDA’s announcement precipitated two class-action lawsuits and several individual personal cases against Sandoz, Inc., the pharmaceutical company that produces it. The dangerous drug attorneys at Rutter Mills are now representing clients who are seeking to file a Zantac lawsuit to recover damages they incurred as a result of using the possibly contaminated drug.

The History and Status of the Zantac Recall

Ten days after the FDA published its alert, Sandoz issued a voluntary recall of certain manufacturing lots of ranitidine capsules. These lots listed in the recall could potentially expose users to dangerous levels of NDMA.

Patients who are concerned about a Zantac recall or a broader ranitidine recall have been instructed to consult with their physicians to determine if the specific drug products that they received– were included in Sandoz’s initial announcement.

The FDA conducted tests on other ranitidine products after its initial announcement, which led to additional voluntary recall announcements from Sanofi and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.

Those companies produce over-the-counter versions of ranitidine drugs that are distributed by large retailers, including Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Target, and Kroger. Aurobindo Pharma USA, Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, American Health Packaging– and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Inc. later joined the list of manufacturers that were participating in the voluntary recall.

As 2019 draws to a close, the FDA continues to analyze different ranitidine products and the processes used to produce them.  

What You Can Do if You Are a Zantac User

As a general rule, do not stop using any drug that a health care provider has prescribed to you without first consulting your doctor. You might cause further complications if you terminate prescription drug treatments without substituting an adequate replacement.

If your health care provider or pharmacist is unable to answer the question “Is there a recall on Zantac,” you can check the FDA’s website or contact a Zantac lawyer for updates on the status of ranitidine recalls and whether the specific Zantac or similar drug products that you are using are included.

The NDMA contaminant that has been found in batches of ranitidine is a known carcinogen. IF you have any risk factors for cancer or if your immune system has been compromised by any other conditions, you should not hesitate to contact your doctor if they have recommended or prescribed Zantac or any other ranitidine product.

Zantac Lawsuit Issues

The class-action lawsuits that were filed after the FDA announced its investigation into Zantac aim to represent a class of individuals who have common claims. Those claims might state, for example, that a ranitidine product, like Zantac, was recommended or prescribed to a class member, who had no known cancer risk factors, but that member developed cancer after using the drug for some time.

The separate individual lawsuits might also include some form of this claim with additional details that separate the individual from the class action. Those lawsuits also argue that the manufacturers knew or should have known of the risks of NDMA contamination in the ranitidine manufacturing process.

Contact Rutter Mills for Information on The Zantac Recall

The Zantac recall and all other ranitidine recalls are in their early stages, and it is too early to predict the progress of these lawsuits. Nonetheless, the risks that gave rise to the recall are very real. NDMA is a known cancer-causing substance and patients who were exposed to that substance may be at a higher risk of developing stomach, bladder, testicular, breast, ovarian, and other forms of cancer.

If your doctor or pharmacist confirms that your supply of Zantac or ranitidine came from a contaminated lot, you should determine what you can do to monitor your health and to detect cancer at its earliest stages.

The lawyers at Rutter Mills are representing Zantac and ranitidine patients to recover their costs of cancer monitoring and any treatments associated with negligent exposure to NDMA. Please see our website or call us directly for more information and updates on the Zantac recall, and to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys. We can talk about your opportunity to file a lawsuit over your elevated cancer risks and injuries.

Additional Resources:

  1. www.fda.gov:  FDA Updates and Press Announcements on NDMA in Zantac (ranitidine). https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-and-press-announcements-ndma-zantac-ranitidine
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