The Tragedy Behind Zantac Lawsuits
If you’ve ever eaten spicy or well-seasoned food, there is a good chance that you have experienced heartburn firsthand and understand how unpleasant this condition can be. It is no surprise that someone who suffers from this condition would seek out a medication that offers relief from it. And when taking a medication, we as consumers generally expect the medication to do what it promises which in case of the now controversial Zantac merely means working to relieve heartburn as stipulated. However, recent research is continuing to reveal that unfortunately, heartburn relief isn’t the end of the line for many people.
What is Zantac?
You have likely heard of Zantac even if you aren’t exactly sure what it’s used for since it has been one of the most successful drugs utilized throughout the world. Sold both over-the-counter and as a prescription, this medication has been used in various ways to decrease the amount of acid in the stomach. In addition, while this medication has been widely used for the treatment of more serious conditions like ulcers of the stomach and intestines in addition to heartburn, it has also been used for more straightforward ailments like recurring coughs and stomach pain.
When Did This Issue Become a Problem?
Authorities are still in the process of figuring out the details of how and when Zantac went from providing relief to causing serious implications. However, American officials announced back in September of 2019 that a cancer causing gene had been uncovered in ranitidine, which also happened to be the generic term for Zantac.
What Has the FDA Recently Stipulated?
As of April 1, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that manufacturers withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately, which includes Zantac. Because of this immediate market withdrawal request, ranitidine products are now not available for new or existing prescriptions. In addition, these products are no longer available for use by Americans. However, the full extent of the injuries that may have resulted from using this medicine, especially over substantial amounts of time, is not yet known.
What Are the Possible Side Effects?
Sadly, early research suggests that this drug may be responsible for a wide variety of injuries that manifest in various forms of cancer. These injuries may include:
- Stomach cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Breast cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Liver cancer
- Colon cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
Obtaining Legal Help For Zantac Lawsuits
As the Zantac lawsuit attorneys of Leifer & Ramirez with offices in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, we are currently accepting new Zantac lawsuit clients. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. That means you may be entitled to recover for your medical expenses, lost wages, and even your pain and suffering. Therefore, you should begin reaching out for legal help as soon as possible so that you can start the process of recovering for the injuries you have experienced. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation that won’t cost you a thing and will be totally confidential.