Zantac is a medication used for treating heartburn. Zantac lawsuits have been filed by people, who claim that these drugs contained high level of carcinogen NDMA, which led to cancer. NDMA contamination is a serious allegation, and these lawsuits have been filed in many states in the US. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the FDA, on April 1, 2020, asked companies to take off all ranitidine products. Victims have filed a Zantac Ranitidine lawsuit against drug manufacturers, because they produced a defective drug and failed to warn about the risks of the drug. Here are some of the quick facts worth knowing.
What is Zantac?
Zantac is a type of “histamine H2-receptor antagonists”, which is used to reduce heartburn. Chemically, the drug is called “ranitidine hydrochloride”. Zantac is available on prescription and as an over-the-counter drug.
Who qualifies for a Zantac lawsuit?
To claim that using Zantac led to cancer, you have to offer evidence of consumption. There are varied kinds of proofs that can be considered, such as purchase receipts or a prescription from a doctor. Secondly, a person needs to prove that he/she was diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac for a considerable period of time. For a strong claim, it is important to establish the link between Zantac use and cancer. A strong claim, for instance, can be from someone, who has been using the drug for a long time because of heartburn or related stomach issues and has a prescription for the same.
Are these class-action lawsuits?
Most lawyers are accepting individual Zantac lawsuits. However, these lawsuits will consolidate into a “multi-district litigation” or MDL, which helps in streamlining and easing the proceedings. A handful of cases, called bellwether cases, will proceed to trial. The judgement of MDL judge will determine the negotiations and eventual settlements for other cases. MDLs are not same as class actions. All cases in MDLs remain separate, and plaintiffs get separate settlements.
Contact a lawyer
If you, or a loved one, developed cancer after taking Zantac for a considerable period of time, you may have the scope for a Zantac lawsuit. However, it all depends on many factors, and in your best interests, it is wise to talk to a law firm that has been handling Zantac lawsuits. Their lawyers can offer a free case evaluation, and you can understand all relevant details of these lawsuits. Attorneys typically take Zantac lawsuits on a contingency basis.