Zantac is manufactured by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, but Zantac is only one of the many brand names for the potentially carcinogenic, antiacid drug called ranitidine. It has been discovered very recently that ranitidine in general could very well be responsible for various types of cancers.
This was made public back in September 2019, as the proven carcinogen known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was found in unacceptable amounts within Zantac and various other ranitidine-based antiacids from other pharmaceutical companies.
Zantac Recalls: The US
As of April, 2020, the FDA has officially initiated a request for removing all ranitidine products from the pharmaceuticals market, in light of ranitidine’s possible connections with various types of cancer. The investigation is ongoing to determine how and why this seemingly harmless OTC antacid suddenly became associated with unhealthy levels of the carcinogen nitrosodimethylamine. So far, what has been found and proven beyond doubt, can be summarized along the following lines:
- The FDA considers nitrosodimethylamine as a hazardous impurity, something that shouldn’t be present in a “safe” drug in such high amounts
- NDMA has been detected and confirmed in Zantac, as well as a range of other ranitidine products
- NDMA is now confirmed to indeed be a carcinogen
- However, nitrosodimethylamine in above-safety levels is not present in Zantac at the time of manufacturing
- The carcinogen increases in its volume and crosses the safety threshold after being stored for a significant while in conditions above room temperatures
Zantac Recalls: The UK
The MHRA in the UK acted faster than the FDA by taking ranitidine off the market way before this announcement was made and the voluntary recall was initiated in the US. While the findings in both the UK and the US are similar in terms of Zantac’s potency as a carcinogenic drug, the difference was mainly observed in the speed of action.
Zantac Lawsuits: The Situation in Both Nations
There aren’t too many differences between the Zantac lawsuits, whichever of the two nations the plaintiff may belong to. However, certain facts can be highlighted about the cases, so that we can get a better understanding of how they are progressing within each country:
- Thousands of citizens from both nations who have been diagnosed with cancer, and were on ranitidine for a long time, will likely be filing lawsuits against the manufacturers soon
- The number of lawsuits field already is increasing exponentially in both nations, with every passing month
- The primary belief in the US is that Sanofi in particular was aware of Zantac’s carcinogenic properties
- US lawyers are pursuing the litigations with a very serious allegation against Sanofi; it states that they did not warn the public of ranitidine’s dangers, despite being aware of the same
- In the US, the number of Zantac lawsuits is much higher than it is in the UK at the moment
- Being a Multidistrict Litigation, none of the 500+ cases have been settled yet in the US
- The four primary plaintiffs that filed the Zantac lawsuits first are all from the US, but litigation processing is on the way in the UK as well
- In both nations, the plaintiffs are seeking punitive and compensatory damage compensation
It should be understood that many lawsuits against Sanofi and multiple other manufacturers are incoming, but it is difficult to predict how things will turn out in the coming months and consequent years. This is on account of the fact that FDA/MHRA investigations have not yet been concluded. As the situation unfolds over time, we should be able to determine what to expect from the Zantac lawsuits, with better clarity in both nations. You can find all the valuable information here at Masstort.us!