Prostate cancer is a painful disease that affects thousands of people every year. While this condition can develop due to a number of factors, research shows that Zantac, a popular heartburn medication, contains dangerous levels of a carcinogenic chemical that may induce prostate cancer in patients.
Many former Zantac patients are filing lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi, over the damages they suffered due to prostate cancer. If you believe you may qualify for a Zantac lawsuit, Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help. Our firm assists injured people nationwide in their litigation against dangerous and defective drug manufacturers, including Sanofi.
Why Choose Our Law Firm
- Our firm has over 20 years of legal experience, representing clients in a wide spectrum of personal injury and mass tort claims.
- We specialize in defective and dangerous drug litigation. Our lawyers know how to handle this complex subject matter and have connections to expert witnesses who can testify on your behalf.
- Prostate cancer can be painful and draining. Our attorneys will handle each aspect of your claim on your behalf so you can focus on your recovery instead of complex litigation.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
The prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland that produces seminal fluid in men. Prostate cancer develops in this gland, leading to complications such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence. In its early stages, prostate cancer can cause no symptoms.
In later stages, however, you may experience the following symptoms.
- Difficulty urinating
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Bone pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased force in the urine stream
Treatment for prostate cancer may include chemotherapy, surgical removal of the prostate gland or testicles, and multiple forms of radiation therapy. You may also undergo hormone therapy to prevent the body from producing testosterone, which prostate cancer cells need to grow.
How Zantac Can Cause Prostate Cancer
In September 2019, online pharmacy Valisure discovered that some batches of Zantac contained dangerous levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable human carcinogen. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning after Valisure’s discovery, and in April 2020, the agency requested the recall of all Zantac and generic ranitidine products.
No longer manufactured for commercial use in the United States, researchers use NDMA to induce cancer during laboratory studies. NDMA can form as a by-product of chemical reactions. We can also find this contaminant in tobacco smoke and certain foods, including cured meats, beer, fish, and cheese. Research shows that repeated NDMA exposure raises the risk of cancer across the board; when someone is exposed to this chemical, free radicals form and damage the DNA, leading to cancer development.
The FDA’s investigation discovered that ranitidine products, including Zantac, are at a high risk of forming NDMA under certain conditions. The agency discovered that older batches of Zantac, medication stored at higher than room temperature, and even batches stored at ideal conditions contained unacceptable and dangerous levels of NDMA. The FDA states that patients should cease use of Zantac, and all ranitidine manufacturers should remove these drugs from the marketplace.
What Other Types of Cancer Can Zantac Cause?
The presence of NDMA in Zantac increases your risk for all types of cancer, not just prostate cancer. Former patients report developing the following conditions after taking Zantac.
- Breast cancer
- Colon cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Bladder cancer
Patients with kidney or bladder cancer may have had to undergo surgery to remove these organs. In addition to cancer, some patients also received a primary pulmonary hypertension diagnosis, a rare disorder that raises blood pressure in the lungs. Physicians have also diagnosed Zantac cancer patients with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel condition that affects the digestive tract.
This list does not include every type of cancer or health condition that Zantac may cause. If you develop any type of cancer after taking Zantac, you should speak with an attorney at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC as soon as possible.
Liability for Zantac Prostate Cancer
Companies who manufacture medications have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe to use and that customers receive adequate warnings about all potential defects. Claimants in Zantac prostate cancer lawsuits allege that Sanofi failed to adequately warn physicians and patients of Zantac’s carcinogenic risks, and if these parties knew about these risks, they would not have chosen to take or prescribe the medication.
Zantac lawsuits may also argue that the design of the medication is inherently defective due to the likelihood of NDMA development. Regardless of the direction you take with your claim, you will need to provide strong and sufficient evidence that clearly establishes Sanofi’s liability for your damages.
Your attorney from Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can connect you with the resources necessary to build a compelling claim. He or she will consult with expert witnesses who can testify on your behalf and utilize strategies from other Zantac claims he or she is working on to strengthen your case. Your lawyer can also help you gather important documents, such as medical records, that can prove your right to damages.
Do I Have a Case?
Only certain individuals are eligible for litigation against Sanofi. You must have taken prescription or over-the-counter Zantac, not generic ranitidine, for at least one year. In addition, your case must meet the following criteria.
- You received your prostate cancer diagnosis within the past 10 years.
- You took a minimum of 300 milligrams of Zantac per week.
- No more than 10 years has passed since your last Zantac dosage.
- You started using Zantac no less than three years prior to your prostate cancer diagnosis.
- You do not smoke cigarettes regularly.
If you believe you may qualify for a Zantac lawsuit, speak to an attorney at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC as soon as possible. Only a lawyer specializing in dangerous and defective drug litigation can determine whether or not you have grounds for a claim. If your attorney believes your case has merit, he or she will explain your legal options and initiate the first steps toward filing a complaint.
Contact a Zantac Prostate Cancer Attorney
Prostate cancer can lead to significant complications. From mounting medical bills to months of lost wages, you deserve relief from the parties responsible for your cancer diagnosis — and Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help. Our attorneys specialize in defective and dangerous drug claims, leveraging scientific evidence and expert medical witnesses to develop a compelling case in your favor.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our Zantac prostate cancer attorneys. We support clients nationwide and respond to all appointment requests within 24 hours.