In April 2020, the drug Zantac was pulled from the shelves after the FDA learned that it contained harmful amounts of NDMA, a toxic chemical. The drug had been used since the 80s as a treatment for acid reflux disease. However, hundreds of people have come forward claiming that they developed cancer and other diseases after being exposed to NDMA while taking the drug.
One plaintiff claimed that he developed bladder cancer after taking Zantac for only three years. Another claimed that she developed uterine cancer after taking Zantac for decades. These lawsuits and others were grouped together in a mass tort in February 2020. The lawsuit alleges that Zantac knew that their product contained harmful amounts of NDMA but neglected to warn the public.
In October 2020, a judge appointed a team of 26 lawyers to handle the Zantac litigation. She specifically chose a diverse group of minority and female lawyers because she wanted to represent the diversity of the plaintiffs. These lawyers will be responsible for 230 lawsuits.
Any individual still taking Zantac should stop taking the drug as soon as possible and talk to their doctor about finding an alternative. They should also consider hiring a lawyer if they developed cancer after prolonged use of Zantac.
How can an attorney help an individual with a Zantac lawsuit?
If an individual developed cancer after using Zantac, hiring an attorney can help them pursue justice. Their attorney might gather evidence to prove that their cancer was caused by NDMA exposure. Once they’ve built their case, an attorney might help their client hold Zantac accountable for their actions. They might be able to join the hundreds of people who have already filed a lawsuit and sue the company for medical, physical and emotional damages relating to their illness.