The safety of Zantac (ranitidine) for both babies and adults has been called into question since levels of a cancerous chemical were detected in ranitidine products. Zantac has been pulled from the shelves of pharmacies across the United States, including CVS, Walgreens, and others.
If your baby was prescribed Zantac syrup, you may be concerned. The FDA made an announcement in September 2019 that unsafe levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NMDA) were detected in the medication.
NDMA is a probable human carcinogen, which means the chemical could cause cancer in humans. Detected levels of NDMA in Zantac is cause for concern, and it’s important to stay informed about the issue.
How Zantac Could Affect Your Baby: What Parents Need To Know
NDMA has been shown to cause cancer in animal studies. After ingesting levels of NDMA for months or longer, lab animals like rats, hamsters, and mice developed lung and liver cancer.
In light of these animal studies, experts and healthcare professionals assume that exposure to unsafe levels of NDMA for more than a year could cause cancer in humans.
If your baby was prescribed Zantac, they were likely given a 15mg dose of syrup. The initial test that detected NDMA examined a 150mg tablet. While the test conducted by the online pharmacy Valisure found levels of NDMA that are significantly higher than what’s safe for humans, it’s unknown if the 15mg dose of Zantac syrup put your baby at risk.
However, if your baby took several doses of Zantac syrup for a significant period of time, it’s likely best to err on the side of caution. Zantac syrup should have been 100 percent safe for your baby, and there is no need for a baby to take medication that includes a cancer risk.
Zantac For Babies Recalled
Several phamracticial companies have voluntarily recalled ranitidine medications. Pharmaceutical companies who have recalled their products include Sanofi, Novitium Pharma, Lannett company, and several others.
Types of Zantac products that have been recalled include:
- ranitidine syrup/ranitidine oral solutions USP (15mg/mL)
- Zantac 150
- Zantac 150 cool mint
- Zantac 75 OTC
- ranitidine hydrochloride capsules
- other ranitidine tablets and capsules
For a complete list of ranitidine recalls, please visit the FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alerts webpage.
Consult With Your Doctor
The FDA is urging anyone who takes Zantac to consult with their doctor and consider switching medications. With the long-term use of any form of Zantac now associated with a cancer risk, there is no reason to continue taking the medication or giving it to your baby.
Once you talk to your doctor, they’ll likely recommend alternative medications for your baby. The FDA has not warned patients to stop taking Zantac, but has simply recommended that patients consult with their doctor about safe treatment options.
Stay Informed About Zantac Updates
Healthcare professionals across the globe are working hard to protect patients from any health risks associated with Zantac. Although the FDA claims there is not enough scientific evidence about Zantac and cancer to recommend consumers stop taking the medication, it’s important to stay informed.
The FDA, and several other organizations across the country, are conducting ongoing investigations. Thousands of consumers have also filed lawsuits against the pharmaceutical companies responsible for putting a potentially unsafe medication on the market and for failing to warn consumers about the risk of cancer.
You May Have Options For Legal Action
More than 100 Zantac lawsuits are pending, and at least 15 Zantac lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation suits in Florida. The lawsuits allege that drugmakers should have informed the public about the cancerous risks of the medication.
If you or your baby have taken any form of Zantac for longer than a year, you may qualify for filing a Zantac lawsuit.
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How To File A Zantac Lawsuit
If you’re worried your baby is at risk for developomg cancer because they were prescribed Zantac syrup, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Even if your baby hasn’t shown any signs of cancer or illness, you could still file a lawsuit that would seek compensatory damages for the money you spent on Zantac syrup.
If your baby was injured as a result of taking Zantac, you could file a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury lawsuits seek to collect damages for any harm Zantac caused your baby to experience. Consult with an attorney if you think you have a case.
Other options for filing a Zantac lawsuit include:
- wrongful death claims
- class action lawsuits
- multidistrict litigation
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Any medication prescribed to your baby should be safe. The fact that your infant may have been prescribed medication that’s now linked to cancer can be frustrating and confusing. Know that you are not alone, and more and more Zantac lawsuits are likely to be filed this year.
At Florin|Roebig, we offer free case evaluations to help you better decide if you should move forward with your case. To get started with your free case evaluation, or for more information on Zantac claims, contact our offices today.