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Drug Maker Recalling Zantac Over Cancer Concerns

November 1, 2019
Colson Hicks Eidson

The drugmaker Sanofi recently announced that it was recalling the popular heartburn medication Zantac over concerns that the drug could cause cancer. The recall affects the United States and Canada. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our award-winning firm represents clients who have been harmed due to using Zantac, and we are ready to secure the compensation you need. Let us investigate your case today. When you need a Zantac attorney in Florida (or nationwide), we will be by your side.

Another blow to the makers of Zantac

The makers of Zantac, Sanofi, were dealt a huge blow in September of 2019 when the two largest pharmacies in the United States, CVS and Walmart, announced that they would no longer be selling Zantac at their locations. This included both the prescription and over-the-counter versions of the drug.

Why did these pharmacies make this sudden move?

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing discovered that the active ingredient in Zantac, ranitidine hydrochloride, causes unnaturally high levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) into the body. NDMA has been classified as a cancer-causing carcinogen by the FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • The daily allowable limit for NDMA in the body is 96 nanograms (ng).
  • Testing discovered 2,500,000 ng of NDMA in the Zantac 150 mg tablets, the most common consumer dosage.

In October 2019, drugmaker Sanofi announced that it was recalling all of the Zantac it has on the market in the US and Canada. The company released a statement and said that the recall was being conducted as a “precautionary measure” after the FDA announcement. The company said that they are continuing to evaluate the drug. The FDA has also said that they were continuing to test all dosages of Zantac.

A statement says that “Sanofi is committed to transparency and will continue to communicate results with health authorities from the ongoing testing, and work with them to make informed decisions based on available data and evidence.”

They also encourage anyone using Zantac to speak with their healthcare providers or pharmacists.
Apotex, the manufacturer of generic Zantac, also recalled their ranitidine hydrochloride products from Rite-Aid, Walgreens, and other pharmacies because of the same testing.

We are ready to secure the compensation you deserve

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, seek legal assistance immediately. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our award-winning firm is dedicated to helping victims secure the compensation they deserve. This can include:

  • Coverage of medical expenses due to taking Zantac
  • Recovery of lost wages if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Punitive damages against the manufacturer Zantac

If you need a Zantac attorney in Florida or in the US, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7400 . We have the resources to take on big drug companies and will not back down.