Our Zantac lawsuit attorneys Lake Charles, LA recommends knows that the pharmaceutical drug, commonly known as Zantac was developed to help prevent and treat heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease, ulcers, acid reflux, and sour stomach. On April 1, 2020, The United States Food and Drug Administration announced it is requesting that manufacturers withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine drugs from the market immediately. This is the latest step in an ongoing investigation of a contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications (commonly known by the brand name Zantac). The agency has determined that the impurity in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures and may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels of this impurity. As a result of this immediate market withdrawal request, ranitidine products will not be available for new or existing prescriptions or over the counter use in the United States.
NDMA is a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer). In the summer of 2019, the FDA became aware of independent laboratory testing that found NDMA in ranitidine. Although it is common to ingest low levels of NDMA in our diet, present in food and water, sustained higher levels of exposure may increase the risk of cancer in humans.
Low levels of NDMA are commonly ingested in the diet, for example, NDMA is present in foods and in water. These low levels would not be expected to lead to an increase in the risk of cancer. However, sustained higher levels of exposure may increase the risk of cancer in humans. The FDA continued its investigation and warned the public in September 2019 of the potential risks and to consider alternative OTC and prescription treatments.
New FDA testing and evaluation prompted by information from third-party laboratories confirmed that NDMA levels increase in ranitidine even under normal storage conditions, and NDMA has been found to increase significantly in samples stored at higher temperatures, including temperatures the product may be exposed to during distribution and handling by consumers. The testing also showed that the older a ranitidine product is, or the longer the length of time since it was manufactured, the greater the level of NDMA. These conditions may raise the level of NDMA in the ranitidine product above the acceptable daily intake limit.
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Filing a Zantac Lawsuit
Our Lake Charles, Louisiana Zantac lawsuit attorneys understand that when you have been harmed after taking this drug, you want to find some kind of compensation. One of the ways you can do this is by working with our attorneys to file a lawsuit. How can you start the process of filing a lawsuit? Will you be able to cover enough money to help with your medical bills? While this can be a devastating time for you, we want to be there to help you through this lawsuit. Call us to see what we can do for you today.
What steps will I take when filing a Zantac claim?
When you want to file a Zantac lawsuit, one of the first steps we recommend is trying to settle with the company outside of court. This does not mean that you, personally, will be settling for a very low amount. It simply means that you do not have to go to court and file a lawsuit. Typically, companies who have harmed people through defective products know that they will likely be spending less by settling outside of court than going through the entire lawsuit process. If we can work out a deal with the company that we both agree to, this is one of the easiest ways to get your compensation.
When a Settlement Doesn’t Work
If attempting to get a settlement does not work, though, you will need to go to court. At this point, it is imperative now more than ever that your attorney works to gather the necessary evidence to show that Zantac injured you. Your attorney will have relationships with medical experts that can help your claim and show exactly how using this drug has caused you to become ill. This will help build your case for a specific number of damages.
What kinds of damages would I expect there to be?
When you are filing a lawsuit of this nature, you can expect damages to come in many forms. You may have extremely high medical bills, lost present and future wages, consultation bills, and other quantifiable losses. Next, they will begin compiling a list of other types of damages, non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
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