What is Ranitidine?

By James Parker
October 8, 2021

Since the mid-1980s, ranitidine products, under the brand name Zantac, were the go-to for heartburn and other gastrointestinal discomforts. For nearly four decades, these products were in most American medicine cabinets. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken action against Zantac and its generic counterparts.

Zantac and its ranitidine counterparts were over-the-counter medications used to treat heartburn, acid reflux, stomach ulcers, and other stomach-related conditions since they were introduced to the market. Then, on September 13, 2019, the FDA announced that N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was found in some samples of Zantac.

NDMA is a probable human carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), FDA, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While NDMA is found in small amounts in food, water, and soil, the FDA states that “sustained higher levels of exposure may increase the risk of cancer in humans.”

The FDA continued to investigate, and on April 1, 2020, they requested that all ranitidine products, including Zantac, be removed from the market. The FDA confirmed that as Zantac and other ranitidine products are stored at “higher than room temperature” (68–72 °F), the compounds in the active ingredient convert into NDMA at higher levels.

While this removal of ranitidine products is a win for consumers, millions of Americans had already been taking Zantac for decades. If you or a loved one have taken Zantac and other ranitidine products and developed cancer, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

How To File a Zantac Lawsuit

Thousands of Americans have already filed suit, and if you want to join their ranks, you will need the assistance of a mass torts attorney. An experienced mass torts attorney can bring your case into multidistrict litigation (MDL), enhancing your bargaining power. Furthermore, a mass torts attorney can advocate for your best interests in the proceedings, even withdrawing from a settlement if it seems like you won’t be fairly compensated. 

The best place to find a mass torts attorney is Attorney at Law.

At AAL, our nationwide network of attorneys and law firms allows us to match you with an experienced mass torts attorney in your area. Our partners have the resources, legal expertise, and experience necessary to do battle with the largest corporations in the nation and emerge victorious.

In addition to a distinguished case record, our partners have unparalleled client care. We know the struggle and stress of filing a lawsuit. That’s why AAL eases that burden by only partnering with firms that take mass torts cases on contingency. 

By taking cases on contingency, the attorney only takes a limited payment from the winnings of the case. That means if you don’t win, you don’t pay. Don’t wait. Contact AAL today for a free, no-obligation consultation and begin your journey to justice. 

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