Zantac Lawsuit

Zantac Lawsuit Lawyer – Representing Cancer Claims from Zantac and Ranitidine Use

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What Are the Zantac Lawsuits About?

The drug Zantac (Ranitidine) was used to treat and prevent stomach and intestinal ulcers in patients. It has also been commonly used to treat GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and other conditions such as erosive esophagitis and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).

Lawsuits against the manufacturer of these drugs claim that patients who used or were prescribed Zantac, or who took the generic version (ranitidine) later developed cancer as a result.

Plaintiffs (potentially including you), claim that the makers of Zantac knowingly put a dangerous product on the market and failed to warn doctors and consumers about the potential for serious adverse effects, including developing cancer.

The Grounds for the Lawsuit Allege:



  1. Defective design resulted in a foreseeable risk to the user
  2. Failure to warn, omitting the mention of carcinogenic potential
  3. Improper labeling of the drug

Why is Zantac Dangerous?

  • Gastric cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Renal / Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer (non-smokers)
  • Stomach cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • And more…

Research had found that Zantac contained the compound NDMA, a known carcinogen linked to cancer in both human and animal studies.

Although exposure to NDMA is considered safe in small doses (96 nanograms per day), the levels of exposure to NDMA from a single tablet of the heartburn medication Zantac was found to have reached between 2.5-3 MILLION nanograms.

In other words, between 26,000-31,000 times the daily safe maximum…per tablet.

What Types of Cancer May Qualify?

  • Gastric cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Renal / Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer (non-smokers)
  • Stomach cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • And more…

What are Zantac’s long-term effects?

Cancer isn’t the only medical condition users of ranitidine-containing products may experience. Below is a short-list of the potential consequences of use:

  • Enlarged or failing liver, including hepatitis and jaundice
  • Reduced or failing kidneys
  • Impaired lung function
  • Reduced levels of platelets
  • Irregular heartbeats or rhythms (arrhythmias)
  • Hair loss, skin rashes, fever, nausea and more

What Evidence is There That Zantac Causes Cancer?

At John Bales Attorneys we’re experts at research, tapping into medical professionals and our vast network of resources to uncover evidence in favor of your claim.

According to the FDA

The FDA contends that NDMA is a known impurity found in Zantac. It also notes that storing the active ingredient ranitidine at higher temperatures “may result in consumer exposure to an unacceptable level of this impurity”. Further research has led the FDA to update it’s stance, with the FDA now reporting that storing the drug at room temperature can also result in the formation of NDMA, a known carcinogen.

According to the World Health Organization and the US EPA

Both the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) deem the compound NDMA as a “probable human carcinogen”.

According to Scientific Studies and Use in Labs

In labs around the world, scientists conducting research commonly use NDMA to induce cancer in lab animals.

According to Valisure (an online pharmacy)

Valisure asserts that the instability of ranitidine when digested, results in a chemical reaction, the result of which is the production or NDMA, a known carcinogen.

How Long do I Have to File a Zantac Lawsuit?

Time is NOT on your side.

File your claim now with John Bales Attorneys.

There is a statute of limitations for suing Zantac drug manufacturers. This means that there is a limited time period during which you are eligible to file a lawsuit against them.

The statute of limitations that applies to you individually will depend on your state of residence. For the majority of those affected, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of a cancer diagnosis.

However, for those victims who were diagnosed prior to the official Zantac recall, the clock on the statute of limitations began in 2019.

Due to the complexities of the law and certain exceptions, reaching out to our law firm to determine the timeline that applies to you is advisable. Even in situations where the official statute of limitations has passed, there may be an exception that applies or circumstances that allow you to still proceed with a suit, such as by joining in on an MDL (multi-district litigation).

Regardless of where you live, you gain nothing by waiting. Reach out to our team of talented, caring and compassionate personal injury attorneys today.

Don’t wait another day to get the representation and help you deserve.

If you or a loved one have been prescribed or used Zantac, and have later been diagnosed with cancer, reach out to our firm today. Consultations are free and we never take a penny until we win.

John Bales Attorneys has extensive experience in and out of court, negotiating with billion-dollar companies who are doing everything they can to limit their own liability. Put a team even more aggressive than they are in YOUR corner and let us fight for what you deserve.

Is the Lawsuit a Class Action?

Each lawsuit filed is individual on behalf of the singular victim of this drug. However, each of these individual lawsuits is joined into what is known as a multi-district litigation (MDL).

This is a benefit to you. Multi-district litigation is a more efficient and streamlined process, often resulting in obtaining settlements faster, with the result of initial cases setting the precedent for future negotiations.

In each case, your lawsuit remains separate for the purposes of reaching a verdict, settlement or judgement. This means that if we win, you get your own settlement separate from everyone else.

Have more questions about how to file a claim or what the process would look like for you and your family? Our personal injury attorneys are kind, caring and compassionate. We’re here to educate and inform as much as we are to aggressively pursue compensation for our clients.

If you have questions, we’d love to help answer them for you.

Has Zantac Been Recalled, or Am I Still At Risk?

As of April 1st, 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a request that ALL ranitidine and branded manufacturers of ranitidine-containing drugs be pulled. As a further precautionary measure, the FDA requested that lab tests be conducted by manufacturers for any ranitidine-containing product to ensure that it does not exceed the established daily limit for human consumption (96 nanograms).

What Proof or Questions Should I Be Ready to Answer if I Decide to File a Lawsuit?

  1. What type of conditions have you been medically diagnosed with?
  2. How long did you take Zantac or Ranitidine? At what dose?
  3. Are you being treated for any of the conditions you’ve been diagnosed with, including cancer?
  4. Do you have a family history of any condition you’ve been diagnosed with?
  5. What other symptoms or side effects are you experiencing?
  6. Do you, your doctors, and/or pharmacy have a record of your use of the drug?

How Much Could I Win if I File a Lawsuit?

The exact amount you could obtain in a settlement or judgement is highly dependent on your individual circumstances, and the damages or injuries caused by use of the drug.

However, due to the number of individuals impacted (thousands), the total in potential settlements speculated by many law firms is into the billions for those who used Zantac or a generic substitute containing the same active ingredients.

What Can I Claim Damages For?

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages (past and future)
  • Medical expenses
  • Therapy
  • And more…

If you or someone you know has taken Zantac and were later diagnosed with cancer or another serious medical condition, reach out to us today.

Or attorneys have helped clients recover more than $400 million in damages caused by personal injuries from medical devices, pharmaceutical drugs, and more.

We’d love to learn more about your case and how we can help. Consultations are always free, and if we take your case, you pay nothing until we win you an award in or out of court.

Legal References

12/4/2019: UPDATE – FDA requires additional testing of ranitidine and nizatidine as part of agency’s ongoing effort to help ensure product safety for patients and consumers, FDA Updates and Press Announcements on NDMA in Zantac (ranitidine); 4/1/20: FDA Requests Removal of All Ranitidine Products (Zantac) from the Market.

N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in Ranitidine: Emery Pharma’s Perspective, the road to filing the company’s first Citizen Petition, CBS News coverage, and the FDA’s response (April 6, 2020) (even normal transport and storage conditions cause NDMA to accumulate).

Technical Fact Sheet – N-Nitroso-dimethylamine (NDMA), EPA (January 2014), NDMA is a B2 carcinogen; note that EPCRA (the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986) classified NDMA as “extremely hazardous.”; the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC) of the World Health Organization classified the genotoxin NDMA as Group 2A (probably carcinogenic to people).

Valisure, Citizen Petition on Ranitidine (September 9, 2019). In its study, Valisure found 2,511,469 ng of NDMA in Zantac OTC and 3,267,968 ng of NDMA in Zantac Cool Mint. Brendan Pierson, Judge finds economic injury, design defect claims preempted in Zantac MDL, Reuters (January 8, 2021). See also Andrea D. Steffen, Some Drugs Transform Into A Cancer-Causing Chemical In The Stomach, Intelligent Living (Marc 28, 2021).