Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of the drug Zantac after it was discovered that the drug contains potentially cancer-causing ingredients. The drug was first released in 1983 as a treatment for people who suffer from acid reflux disease. The drug contained a potentially harmful carcinogen, but the FDA declared that the amount present in the drug was not harmful to humans. However, in 2019, a pharmacy informed the FDA that Zantac contained high levels of the harmful ingredient. The FDA launched an investigation and eventually ordered a recall in April 2020.
In September 2020, a judge appointed 26 lawyers to deal with the mass tort litigation. Over 200 lawsuits have been filed by people who developed health conditions after using the drug, including a woman who developed uterine cancer after using the drug for decades. The plaintiffs argue that the manufacturer knew that Zantac could potentially cause cancer but failed to warn the public or recall the drug from the market.
The carcinogen found in Zantac can affect various parts of the body, including the cervix, testicles, ovaries, thyroid, lungs and prostate. Anyone who uses Zantac is advised to stop using the drug immediately and speak with their doctor about finding an alternative.
How can an individual file a lawsuit against a major manufacturer?
If an individual has suffered from illness or injury after using a product, they might wish to speak with their attorney about filing a lawsuit. If multiple people have the same claim against the company, their claims might be consolidated into mass tort litigation. By working with their attorneys, the individuals might pursue compensation for their medical bills, physical damages, emotional damages and loss of income that they have suffered as a result of the company’s negligence.