Brain cancer is a serious, often fatal disease that affects thousands of people each year. According to the American Cancer Society, the 5-year relative survival rate for certain types of brain cancers can be as low as 22%, and decreases based on the age of the patient. While many brain cancer diagnoses are unavoidable, certain patients can attribute their diagnosis to the defective medication Zantac.
Zantac, a popular heartburn medication prior to its Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall in April 2020, may contain dangerous levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is a probable human carcinogen used by researchers to induce tumors in rats. Many former Zantac patients are filing lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi, for their damages—and if you believe that you may qualify for this legal action, Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help.
Why Choose Our Law Office
- At Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC, our attorneys are committed to achieving the results you deserve. We have helped thousands of people collect compensation nationwide.
- Our attorneys represent Zantac patients diagnosed with brain cancer in every state. We will co-counsel with top personal injury and mass tort firms to aggressively advocate for the compensation you need to recover.
- Our firm is on the cutting-edge of Zantac litigation and can provide you with the resources, expert witnesses, and scientific evidence necessary to prove your right to damages.
Brain Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Brain cancer occurs when you develop cancerous tumors, or a mass of abnormal and malignant cells, in your brain. There are two main types of brain cancer: tumors that begin in the brain, known as primary brain tumors, and tumors that spread to the brain from other parts of the body, known as metastatic tumors.
Doctors further classify tumors into lower (grade I or II) and higher grade (grade III or IV) tumors—lower grade tumors grow more slowly and are less likely to spread, while higher grade tumors grow rapidly and require intensive treatment. There are many types of brain cancer, which may include the following.
- Primary central nervous system lymphoma
- Choroid plexus carcinoma
- Pineal region tumors
- Acoustic neuroma
- Pituitary tumors
Symptoms of brain cancer vary depending on the type of tumor involved, where it is located, and its size and rate of growth. Common signs that you may have a brain tumor include the following.
- Unexplained nausea or vomiting
- Vision issues, including blurred vision, double vision, or loss of peripheral vision
- Loss of sensation or movement in the limbs
- Sudden, new onset of headaches
- A change in the pattern of headaches
- Headaches that are more frequent or more severe
- Personality or behavior changes
- Speech difficulties
- Difficulty maintaining balance
- Sudden onset of seizures
- Hearing problems
Zantac May Raise the Risk of Brain Cancer
In September 2019, an online pharmaceutical company called Valisure discovered that some batches of ranitidine, the generic name for Zantac, contained high levels of NDMA. The company informed the FDA of its discovery, and the agency launched an investigation into the potential contamination.
The FDA investigation revealed several surprising facts.
- While humans ingest low levels of NDMA through food and water, sustained higher levels of exposure can increase the risk of cancer. Continued use of Zantac may expose patients to these dangerous levels.
- NDMA contamination in Zantac may increase over time; the FDA saw that older batches of Zantac generally had higher levels of NDMA than fresher medication.
- NDMA contamination in Zantac may increase if pharmacists, consumers, and other individuals down the chain of distribution store the drug at higher than room temperature.
- In some cases, FDA saw NDMA levels increase in batches of Zantac even when it stored the medication in proper conditions.
Based on its findings, the FDA ordered a recall of all prescription and over-the-counter Zantac, as well as all generic ranitidine products. Former Zantac patients should cease use of the medication immediately and dispose of any leftover pills safely, either through a drug take back program or by disposing of the medication responsibly in their household trash.
Former Zantac patients have come forward after developing many types of cancer, including brain cancer. Patients have also developed aggressive conditions such as colorectal cancer, bladder cancer and removal, breast cancer, and melanoma. If you used to take Zantac and developed any type of cancer after using this medication, contact an attorney at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC as soon as possible.
Potential Damages Available in Zantac Lawsuits
Brain cancer treatment can be lengthy and expensive. Outside of paying for treatment, you may require disability accommodations, live-in care, and wage replacement if you are unable to work. You may experience physical and emotional trauma as well, suffering from chronic pain, disability, and a loss of quality of life.
If you believe you developed brain cancer due to Zantac, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against its manufacturer, Sanofi. These lawsuits allow you to collect compensation for all of your cancer-related damages, which may include the following.
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages during recovery and treatment
- Loss of future earnings
- Loss of quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Chronic pain
- Permanent disability
To prove your right to these damages, you will need to prove that Zantac was defective, that you developed cancer due to the defect, and that you suffered losses that you can claim compensation for. Your Zantac brain cancer attorney from Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help you make a compelling argument for your compensation.
Your attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to prove Sanofi’s strict liability and establish your damages. He or she will also partner with economic specialists and life care planners who can estimate the extent of your damages and your future medical costs. Most importantly, your lawyer will have access to cutting-edge evidence and testimony from expert witnesses that can provide insight into your condition and solidify your right to compensation.
Contact Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC Today
Have you received a brain cancer diagnosis after taking Zantac? If so, you may be eligible for compensation for your damages. The Zantac brain cancer attorneys at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help you file a lawsuit against Zantac’s manufacturer, Sanofi, to recover the funds you need to treat your condition.
Our firm has over 20 years of litigation experience, specializing in dangerous and defective drugs. We partner with leading firms nationwide to provide our clients the aggressive representation they need to hold drug manufacturers accountable for their actions.
If you believe you qualify for a Zantac lawsuit, call or email Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC for a free case consultation. Our firm will respond to your request within 24 hours.