Zantac Cancer Lawsuits

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In September 2019, the FDA warned that the popular heartburn drug Zantac may contain cancer-causing impurities. These same chemicals have been linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer and other health problems.

STATUS OF ZANTAC LAWSUITS: Lawyers are investigating whether individuals diagnosed with cancer in recent years may be entitled to financial compensation through a Zantac lawsuit as a result of the manufacturers’ failure to disclose the presence of these carcinogenic impurities.


MANUFACTURER: Sanofi-Aventis and other generic drug makers

OVERVIEW: Zantac (ranitidine) was first approved by the FDA in 1983, and is used to treat heartburn with acid indigestion, as well as stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other stomach acid production problems. The brand has been owned by a number of different drug manufacturers, including the original developer, GlaxoSmithKline, and later Boehringer Ingelheim, and its current manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis.

Zantac belongs to a class of heartburn drugs known as H2-receptor antagonists, which decrease acid levels in the stomach. However, it now appears that versions of the drug have been distributed for years with cancer-causing impurities that may be a byproduct of the drug manufacturing process.


In September 2019, the FDA issued a warning about the potential cancer risk from Zantac, indicating that the drug pharmacy Valisure detected high levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in pills. This chemical has been linked to a risk of cancer among humans, raising serious concerns about the safety of Zantac.

Using the same detection methods as the FDA, Valisure found 2,511,469 nanograms (ng) of NDMA per 150 mg tablet of Zantac. The FDA’s permissible intake limit is 96 ng per day, which means the Zantac tablets contained 26,000 times that.

The FDA has since said the technique used temperatures that were too high, resulting in excessive NDMA detection. However, the FDA also said its own testing still resulted in unacceptable levels of NDMA from Zantac.

Since the FDA issued the warning, most major pharmacy chains have pulled Zantac from shelves and most manufacturers have either issued Zantac recalls or have halted distribution.

Zantac was the first drug to ever become a “blockbuster” when it broke $1 billion in sales in 1986. In 2018, Zantac was still one of the top 10 heartburn tablets sold in the U.S.

FIND OUT IF YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A ZANTAC CANCER LAWSUIT: As a result of the drug manufacturers’ failure to adequately ensure the purity of their products or warn about the risks associated with their medications, Zantac injury lawyers are evaluating whether users may be entitled to compensation through an individual claim or class action lawsuits due to the risk of various cancers, including:

  • Liver Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Other Digestive Tract Cancers

To request a free consultation and claim evaluation to determine whether you, a friend or family member may be entitled to financial compensation through a lawsuit, submit information about a potential Zantac lawsuit for review by a lawyer.

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  1. tema Reply

    is it true I was told I might have colon cancer it true zantac caused it

  2. Richard Reply

    Have taken Zantac for many years purchased over the counter at Wal Mart I have now been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

  3. Nathaniel Reply

    I took Zantac for a long time because I suffer from Gerd have had problems with my throat that closed up an can’t swallow because I suffer from acid reflux

  4. Janice Reply

    My husband passed away 10-27-2019 from pancreatic cancer. Took Zantac for years for heart burn and acid reflux.

  5. Sharron Reply

    I have taken Zantac 300mg twice a day for years with Dx of GIRDS & stopped when it was pulled recent off the shelves. I have felt better since I stopped taking it & find relief with a sliver of lemon in1/2 cup warm water. I am petrified because I have found all of my meds contain titanium which is carcinogenic. Metformin, kcal-er is a fertilizer. My BP meds are also contaminated. Why is big phar killing us slowly??? I am angry.

  6. Kennard Reply

    I have taken Zantac most of my adult life prescribed by the VA hospital and over the counter generic brands. I was told I had diverticulitis. Had surgery Oct 15. No job no money VA nothing but lip service.

  7. Diane Reply

    I have been taking Zantac 15Omg b.i.d for years & Nexium , Prilosec & have been projectile vomitng and have Sulphur burping & have been too sick to do much more than clean my home occasionally & my Grandfather had stomach cancer & he took Zantac for years ,too & he was Chief of Staff of Baptist Hospital in Hot Springs AR & he died years ago.Dr.Ely Driver Rowland M.D. Thank you for your time & consideration.Psalm 91

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