Florida Zantac cancer lawsuits are still in the early stages and no Zantac cancer settlements have been made public. But, a lot of this tragic personal injury story has already happened.
To start with a bit of background, Zantac is a heartburn prescription that is also prescribed for conditions like reflux and peptic ulcers. Generically, it is referred to as ranitidine. Zantac or ranitidine helps relieve heartburn because it is an “H2 blocker,” also called an “H2 antagonist.” These terms mean Zantac lessens stomach acid by stopping things called histamine receptors in patients’ digestive systems.
How Does Zantac cause cancer?
Zantac (ranitidine) has been linked to cancer because it may increase the amount of Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in patients. NDMA is a chemical compound that has been designated as likely to cause cancer in people according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Essentially, what the science is telling us is that Zantac / ranitidine hits your stomach and as the stomach starts to digest it a chemical reaction occurs forming this cancer-causing NDMA from molecules in the Zantac or ranitidine. Further scientific studies show that the ranitidine (Zantac) creates even more NDMA if the patient had recently eaten meats or other foods containing nitrites like hot dogs and bacon. To be clear, the scientific community is not all in agreement but the evidence of a link between Zantac (ranitidine) and cancer appears persuasive.
What kind of cancer is caused by Zantac?
Tragically, there are many cancers that can be caused by NDMA, which means there are likely many cancers that will be linked to innocent patients taking Zantac and/or ranitidine.
• Colon Cancer from ranitidine
• Stomach Cancer from Zantac syrup
• Rectal Cancer
• Colorectal Cancer from taking Zantac
• Liver Cancer from taking Zantac (ranitidine)
• Intestine Cancer
• Small Intestine Cancer
• Esophageal Cancer and Zantac
• Gastric Cancer
• Brain Cancer
While not as common, some of the following types of cancer are occasionally linked to NDMA:
• Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
• Multiple Myeloma
• Brain Cancer
• Testicular Cancer
You may have already heard that pharmaceutical companies responsible for bringing the public Zantac and ranitidine have already started recalling these drugs. For instance, in October pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi recalled Zantac products, including prescription and over-the-counter Zantac pills, as well as Zantac injections and Zantac syrup. The FDA has also gotten involved, and while their approach has been cautious, they did issue a warning in September 2019 about Zantac being polluted with cancer-causing NDMA. Zantac cancer lawsuits in Florida and throughout the United States have been filed as a result of the recall and the independent scientific studies showing the connection of Zantac to stomach cancer and other types of cancer.
How do I know if I have a Zantac cancer lawsuit?
If you are reading this article for yourself or a loved one because of a cancer diagnosis from Zantac it is important you speak with a Tampa Bay personal injury attorney about the Zantac cancer lawsuits in Florida. The two questions you will be asked by our Riverview Zantac attorney are, first, how long did you regularly used ranitidine (Zantac)? If you used Zantic or ranitidine for a year that is usually enough to prove consistent use, but you may be able to prove consistent use even if you used Zantac (ranitidine) for less than a year.
The second question important to the analysis of a Tampa Zantac cancer lawsuit is how much time has passed since you started taking the Zantac or ranitidine before you were diagnosed with cancer. There is a latency period to cancers, so if for instance, a hypothetical patient starting using Zantac or ranitidine and was diagnosed with colon cancer a week after first taking Zantac, it would be difficult to prove the colorectal cancer was caused by the Zantac. On the other hand, if a patient was regularly taking high doses of Zantac for a year and then a year after the patient stopped taking Zantac, he or she was diagnosed with liver cancer, there may be a connection between the liver cancer and the Zantac.
Now you may ask yourself, how can I prove I was taking Zantac? Proving our clients took a dangerous drug like Zantac is actually pretty straightforward because patients’ medical records will show prescriptions. Even if our clients took over the counter Zantac or ranitidine, proof can typically be shown from receipts, doctors’ notes and other evidence.
Clients also ask: How can you prove my cancer was from Zantac? Proving where cancer comes from is always difficult but remember in civil trials in Florida and throughout the United States, the goal is not to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, but instead to prove “more likely than not” the cancer was caused by ranitidine (Zantac). Each case involving allegations of cancer-causing drugs is a little different and there is a lot of complicated medical analysis and medical experts that get involved in these kind of cases. These questions are resolved through hard examination of each individual’s medical records in combination with the most up-to-date research on this subject. Look at it this way, NDMA is so dangerous that scientists actually use NDMA to try to cause cancer in lab animals for various cancer research studies.
Tampa Zantac Cancer Lawsuit Attorney
We offer free Zantac cancer lawsuit consultations at The Frank Santini Law Firm. What is important to understand is that the increased risk of cancer can be linked to Zantac or any of the generic drugs containing ranitidine. Therefore, if you took generic ranitidine, we offer free ranitidine cancer lawsuit consultations. We know if you or a loved one is dealing with cancer, this is a horribly difficult time. We are cognizant of this and want you to focus on getting better while we focus on getting justice. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer after using Zantac, call our Riverview injury accident attorneys at The Frank Santini law firm. We have Brandon Zantac lawyers on standby 24 / 7 to discuss cancer caused by Zantac. Call us today for a free consultation at (813) 445-6121. We can help you seek compensation and justice for your pain and suffering, medical bills, future care, lost income, and more.