Most of us are familiar with the popular over the counter heartburn reliever Zantac. Since the drug’s mass production in 1987, people have been turning to Zantac to relieve heartburn, various gastro-intestional issues, and more. But due to a recent press release by the Food and Drug Administration, tests have found the presence of a carcinogen (NDMA) in the drug, which has lead to drug companies Sandoz and Apotex to recall generic forms of the drug. Starting in October, most popular pharmacies have removed the drug from their shelves as well.
NDMA, or N-nitrosodimethylamine, can be found in several natural environments, such as plants and other organic material. It is considered a low-level carcinogen, meaning that if cancer were to occur, it would take prolonged exposure to NDMA to begin causing adverse effects. In preliminary tests, the FDA has reported that only a small amount of NDMA was found in the drug, around the same amount that we consume in drilled meat. While this may be true, the same level of NDMA was also found in heart medications such as Valsartan, which had several patients experiencing liver damage, tumors, and cancer. The possible signs of being exposed to NDMA are vomiting, nausea, fever, jaundice, headache, cramping, dizziness, and prolonged or worsening GI distress. If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms while taking Zantac, you should immediately contact your doctor to perform a medical evaluation to see if any of your symptoms could be caused by Zantac. If you have been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac for a period of time, you should contact us to determine if you have a case.
Effects that come from NDMA exposure can alter your life in ways that can be irreversible. The fees that come along with NDMA related treatment can drain families on top of the emotional and physical suffering you have to endure. The thought of filing a personal injury lawsuit can be an extremely daunting one, but one of the kindest things you can do for yourself is making sure that you and your family are financially protected.
If the worst does happen and your doctor finds something wrong, the next most important thing to consider is obtaining a lawyer. A good personal injury lawyer is key to making sure you receive any form of compensation that you are entitled to. Finding a lawyer who will fight for you is essential in making sure your voice is heard and that justice is received. Finding a Personal Injury attorney can be difficult, especially with cases involving pharmaceutical companies which is why you need to make sure you choose a firm you trust. A good personal injury lawyer will know how to represent you to make sure that you receive the justice that you are entitled to.