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Months After Zantac Recalls, Ranitidine Lawsuits Move Forward
The makers of Zantac are potentially facing thousands of lawsuits due to cases related to their product containing a cancer-causing carcinogen. We have previously mentioned that federal judges approved transferring 15 Zantac-related cases to a South Florida court. Here, the award-winning team at Colson Hicks Eidson wants to discuss how many more potential lawsuits Zantac could face, as well as what you can do if you suspect Zantac has caused your illness. We are taking Zantac cancer cases in Florida and throughout the United States.
What Is Happening With These Cases Now?
At Colson Hicks Eidson, we have previously reported that the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated 15 lawsuits and more than 125 “tag-along” cases concerning lawsuits centered around the makers of Zantac and generic ranitidine. Multidistrict litigation is used when there are several cases closely related to the same issue. The Zantac cases have been assigned to US District Judge Robin Rosenberg in Miami, Florida.
According to the transfer order, another 126 cases are pending in 21 districts across the country, and many others are expected to be filed.
These cases all stem from an announcement by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirming the presence of trace amounts of a potentially cancer-causing carcinogen in Zantac and similar generic ranitidine. The chemical at the heart of this matter is called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The FDA has said that the safe daily intake limit for humans of NDMA is 96 nanograms. However, testing completed by independent labs discovered that the Zantac 150 mg tablets (the most common dosage) contained more than 2,500,000 nanograms of NDMA.
What Happens Moving Forward?
US District Judge Rosenberg has choices to make. After the discovery process is completed in these cases, the judge will select several individual lawsuits to proceed as “bellwether trials” in these cases. Initial trials allow both sides in these cases to predict how other lawsuits within the multidistrict litigation will proceed. When a drug company loses most of their bellwether trials, they often moved to reach settlements with consumers more quickly.
What Are These Personal Injury Lawsuits Claiming?
Currently, there have been several claims made in the lawsuits against the makers of Zantac and these generics. Consumers have claimed that they have contracted liver, bladder, and other types of cancers as a result of ranitidine contamination.
Let Us Help Secure The Compensation You Need
If you or somebody you care about has become ill with cancer after taking Zantac or a similarly generic, you should speak to an attorney today. At Colson Hicks Eidson, we are a nationally recognized law firm that specializes in taking on major corporations that harm the public with their products. We will investigate your claim and work to secure the compensation you need, which can include:
- Coverage of medical expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Recovery of lost wages if you cannot work
- Possible punitive damages against the Zantac manufacturer