People who take heartburn medication as a means of alleviating discomfort trust in drug companies to put users’ health first. Unfortunately, the results can be life-threatening when manufacturers fail to meet quality and safety standards, as in the case of the drug Zantac, which is believed to significantly increase the risk of cancer.
In April of 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that all Zantac brand heartburn drugs, prescription and over-the-counter, should be removed from the market because of potential NDMA contamination, a chemical known to increase the risk of several forms of cancer. If you have taken prescription or over-the-counter Zantac and believe that you have developed cancer due to exposure to NDMA contained in the drug, May Lightfoot, PLLC, can assess whether you have a viable claim and bring an action against any potentially liable party.
We can then pursue compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and other available damages. Whether through litigation or settlement negotiation, May Lightfoot, PLLC, is committed to helping you recover to the fullest extent for any harm you experienced.
At May Lightfoot, PLLC, our Zantac claims attorneys have the necessary experience and knowledge of product liability law to build a strong case for those injured by treatment with the drug. If you have taken Zantac or a generic equivalent to treat a medical condition and have developed cancer after regular use, we are prepared to take action against all responsible parties and seek justice on your behalf.
Our Zantac claims attorneys are:
- Zealous advocates for patients injured by dangerous or defective drugs;
- Committed to holding drug companies responsible for flooding the market with hazardous products; and
- Determined to secure compensation for patients to help pay for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses.
At May Lightfoot, PLLC, in Washington, D.C., we aim to protect the rights of consumers to use an available medication for its intended purpose without the expectation of severe illness or death. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after using Zantac or its generic equivalents, contact us online or at (202) 919-6463 so we can help you obtain due compensation.
How a Washington D.C. Zantac Attorney Can Help You
At May Lightfoot, PLLC, our drug injury attorneys fight for patients diagnosed with cancers commonly associated with NDMA after regularly taking Zantac or any of its generic counterparts for an extended period of time. There is currently a Zantac class-action lawsuit pending for victims of Zantac against the drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi. The victims of Zantac are seeking monetary compensation for their losses, including the money spent on purchasing the drug, medical treatment, and their attorney fees.
Class-action lawsuits are brought by one or more people on behalf of a larger group of plaintiffs who have suffered similar damages or have similar claims. Any settlement or compensation that results from the lawsuit is split amongst all individuals in the group.
Filing a class action lawsuit is a complex process that requires thorough legal preparation. This starts with proving how you were harmed by Zantac. Then it progresses on to court proceedings, negotiations, and finally, settlement, or a trial. During this process, your Zantac claims attorney from May Lightfoot, PLLC, does the following:
- Investigates your medical claims and collects any medical records outlining your healthcare appointments and general health history;
- Reviews any relevant medical records and scientific reports to help determine if it is best to join a large class-action suit or to file an individual personal injury claim against the drug manufacturers;
- Files timely court documents that summarize your case for the court and acts as a summons to the pharmaceutical company;
- Aggressively negotiates with the pharmaceutical company to receive a full and fair settlement on your behalf; and
- Takes the case before a judge and jury when no reasonable settlement is forthcoming.
In a successful mass tort claim, you could receive economic damages to compensate you for your actual losses, such as medical and hospital bills, as well as non-economic damages to compensate you for non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering. If it is established that the drug manufacturers knew or should have known that ranitidine contains NDMA, a court may also award punitive damages or additional damages meant as a punishment or future deterrent to wrongdoers, where permitted under state law.
Victims who try to handle their Zantac claims on their own often fail to get their much-needed and deserved results. That’s why it’s important to get help from an established legal professional who knows how to stand up to these billion-dollar pharmaceutical corporations. At May Lightfoot, PLLC, our knowledgeable and dedicated attorneys use their years of experience to win you larger awards than you might get going facing the drug companies alone.
At May Lightfoot, PLLC, we fight for you and for what is right. That is why we litigate Zantac and other negligent drug manufacturer lawsuits. We hold big pharmaceutical companies accountable for the pain and suffering they cause innocent people, so they are unable to harm any more people.
If you were hurt by the negligence of Zantac’s manufacturers, we understand the issues you are facing. Contact May Lightfoot, PLLC, now. We will defend your rights and get you the compensation you are entitled to.
What is Zantac?
Zantac, the brand name for the drug ranitidine, is a histamine-2 blocker that reduces the production of stomach acid. On the market since the 1980s as a treatment for heartburn and other gastrointestinal conditions, Zantac has recently been linked to cancer.
In 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted that samples of Zantac tested above acceptable levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a chemical known to increase the risk of several forms of cancer, including:
- Bladder cancer;
- Breast cancer;
- Colon cancer/colorectal cancer;
- Esophageal cancer;
- Gastric cancer;
- Intestinal cancer;
- Kidney cancer;
- Liver cancer;
- Non-smoker lung cancer;
- Pancreatic cancer;
- Prostate cancer; and
- Stomach cancer.
While the FDA continues to investigate Zantac’s potentially harmful effects, a number of victims have alleged that the manufacturers knew about the contaminants in the drugs and failed to warn users of the risks. Manufacturers and distributors of defective products, including the makers of Zantac, may be held liable for harm caused by the defect even if the company exercised due care in its actions.
How do I Know if I am Eligible for a Zantac Claim in Washington D.C.?
Zantac is a highly popular medication that has been taken by thousands of people, none of whom were warned about the drug’s potent NDMA content. Patients eligible for a Zantac lawsuit most likely:
- Used Zantac for at least one year;
- Were diagnosed with an injury or cancer a year from when they first took Zantac (bladder, colorectal, esophageal, throat, nasal, kidney, liver, lung, prostate, stomach); and
- Have no family history of the same type of cancer (unless a family member also took Zantac).
One of the most important things a victim must prove in a Zantac lawsuit is that the injury or cancer happened after taking ranitidine for at least a year. Common evidence used to prove using the drug over a year includes:
- Medical records that say cancer developed after taking ranitidine;
- Prescription pill bottles and/or packaging with dates and the patient’s name on them;
- Pharmacy records;
- Prescription records from a doctor; and
- Receipts for the drug (especially with the date and a form of payment that can be identified as the patient’s).
If Zantac was taken as an over-the-counter drug, it is more difficult o prove the drug was taken. However, if a doctor was informed about the Zantac use, it should be recorded in the patient’s medication history. Other useful evidence may include the following:
- Old pill bottles;
- A note from the doctor confirming that the patient took ranitidine; and
- An affidavit, a sworn written statement that’s notarized, stating that the patient/victim took over-the-counter Zantac for a certain amount of time.
What are the Side Effects of NDMA?
Zantac is known to have a number of possible side-effects that range in severity and likelihood of occurrence. The drug’s listed side effects do not include the N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) risks that have recently been discovered.
These side effects include:
- Abdominal discomfort and pain;
- Changes in blood count (anemia);
- Changes in liver function;
- Difficulty sleeping;
- Hair loss;
- Headache, sometimes severe;
- Heart block;
- Hypersensitivity reactions;
- Inflamed blood vessels;
- Inflammation of the pancreas;
- Involuntary movements;
- Irregular, rapid, or slow heartbeat;
- Joint pain;
- Muscle pain;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Reduced white blood cells;
- Reversible mental confusion;
- Severe allergic reactions;
- Swollen face and throat;
- A vague feeling of bodily discomfort; and
Contact an Experienced Washington D.C. Zantac Claims Attorney Today
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and meet the criteria for filing a Zantac claim, contact the attorneys at May Lightfoot, PLLC. Drug liability lawsuits, such as a Zantac lawsuit, must be filed within three years of noticing and documenting any related symptoms. That’s why it’s important to contact one of our Zantac claims’ attorneys as soon as possible to get your case underway.
May Lightfoot, PLLC in Washington, D.C., was recently appointed to participate on the leadership team of the Multi-District Litigation by the judge overseeing the federal lawsuits involving Zantac. We will have a key role in the national investigation and discovery involving these cases. We want to represent those individuals who suffer adverse effects after using the drug to treat a medical condition. Call us at (202) 506-3591 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.