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People May Be Exposed To NDMA From Many Sources

Zantac, found to contain dangerously high levels of NDMA, is off the market, but people are exposed to dangerous accumulations of the chemical compound in many other ways

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - For more than the last year, researchers in the government and private sector have struggled to pinpoint why NDMA increases carcinogenic levels in Zantac and other heartburn medicines and some diabetes medications. Scientists now believe that there are several different ways each contribute to elevated levels of NDMA, a carcinogen, being present in ranitidine (Zantac) and metformin tablets. Ranitidine is a fundamentally unstable chemical that degenerates into NDMA when stored at above-average temperatures. Ranitidine also breaks down when it interacts with nitrates in the stomach. Zantac stomach cancer lawyers are helping Americans nationwide by offering a free consultation before filing a lawsuit claim.

The Minnesota Department of Health found elevated levels of NDMA "in many processed foods and beverages such as whiskey, beer, cured meats, bacon, and cheeses." NDMA may be safe when ingested in small and infrequent amounts. The FDA has set a limit of 96 NGs per Zantac tablet. Zantac's cancer problem may be because Zantac is recommended by doctors to be taken daily as long as the patient experiences heartburn, exposing the patient to potentially harmful accumulations of NDMA over many years. Sanofi, the maker of Zantac, faces more than 500 lawsuits and possibly many more to come over its role in concealing what they knew about the instability of ranitidine.

Exposure to NDMA can occur in many other places also. The Minnesota Department of Health lists potential sources of NDMA that should be avoided or limited. "Most NDMA exposure occurs when you eat foods that contain nitrosamines, such as smoked or cured meats, bacon, some fish, canned fruit, soybean oil, and cheeses; or when you drink malt beverages, such as beer and whiskey. You can be exposed to NDMA when you use toiletry and cosmetic products such as shampoos and cleansers that contain NDMA. Breathing in cigarette smoke will also expose you to NDMA. Workplace exposure can occur at tanneries, pesticide manufacturing plants, and rubber and tire plants." Ranitidine is also suspected to become contaminated with NDMA from the environment where it is manufactured in China and India. The US Food and Drug Administration is looking into the causes of NDMA contamination, and also the Department of Justice is investigating Sanofi to see if they lied to government regulators about their knowledge of NDMA being accelerated in Zantac. Zantac cancer cases are being organized in multidistrict litigation and the first bellwether cases could be heard in 2022.

Zantac was the leading heartburn and acid reflux medicine in the world until Sanofi voluntarily pulled the medicine from the market over elevated NDMA cancer concerns. The FDA followed and recalled all ranitidine heartburn medicines on April 1, 2020. If you or a loved one have developed cancer of the stomach, bladder, esophagus, or other cancer, and have used Zantac regularly for many years, you should speak with a Zantac Cancer Lawyers to discuss filing a claim for lump-sum monetary damages.

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