Las Vegas Zantac lawsuits are being filed against the drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, for failing to warn consumers about the risk of cancer associated with the use of the medication. The mass tort lawsuit claims that the company knew or should have known about the dangers of Zantac and failed to adequately warn consumers.
Zantac (ranitidine) is a medication used to treat heartburn, ulcers, and other gastrointestinal conditions. It is available over-the-counter and by prescription. Zantac belongs to a class of drugs called histamine-2 blockers, which work by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach.
Zantac was first approved by the FDA in 1983 and is now available in generic form.
In September 2019, the FDA issued a warning that Zantac and other ranitidine medications may contain a cancer-causing substance called NDMA. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant that is found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables.
NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen by the EPA.
Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of Zantac, has issued a statement saying that it is “confident” in the safety of the medication and that it does not pose a risk to patients.
The FDA has not yet issued a recall of Zantac, but several retailers, including CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart, have stopped selling the medication.
What Does the Zantac Lawsuit Claim?
First, the Zantac lawsuits in Las Vegas claim that Sanofi-Aventis knew or should have known about the risk of NDMA contamination in Zantac and failed to adequately warn consumers. The suits also allege that the company misled consumers by claiming that Zantac is “safe and effective” when, in fact, it poses a serious health risk.
Secondly, Zantac’s design is said to be faulty because its active component, ranitidine, is an unstable molecule.
Who Can File a Zantac Lawsuit?
Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer in Las Vegas after taking Zantac or another ranitidine medication may be eligible to file a lawsuit. This includes people who have been diagnosed with:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
Other Health Conditions Associated with Zantec Use Included in Lawsuits include:
- Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) – a rare, life-threatening lung condition that causes high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs.
- Crohn’s disease – a chronic inflammatory bowel disease which causes the digestive system to become inflamed leading to severe diarrhea, cramping, and weight loss.
How to File a Las Vegas Zantac Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac, you may be eligible to file a Las Vegas Zantac lawsuit. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We will help you understand your legal options and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Shook & Stone is one of the best Las Vegas class action law firms in Nevada; we will make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries. Call us for a free consultation.