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Plaintiffs Blame Zantac For Causing Colon Cancer

Online testing pharmacy Valisure found NDMA levels thousands of times higher than the level the FDA deemed safe

Monday, September 14, 2020 - Colon cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer and one of the most feared of all diseases. About one-third of colorectal-cancer victims die within five years of diagnosis. Only lung cancer is more deadly. You might consider speaking with a Zantac Colon Cancer Lawyer to see if you qualify to file a claim for monetary reimbursements and lump-sum damages if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with colon cancer and have used Zantac.

People with colon cancer have filed lawsuits against Sanofi, the maker of Zantac, for failing to warn them that the world's best-selling heartburn and acid reflux medicine allegedly cause their disease. Colon cancer joins a long list of cancer that may be caused by using Zantac like stomach cancer, bladder, esophagus, prostate, and breast cancer, and many others. The symptoms of cancer may not be apparent for over a decade; people should see a doctor if they used Zantac for more than a year. Early detection of colon cancer is the key to treating the condition successfully.

Pittsburgh Legal Examiner (PLE) reports that a California man who recently filed a lawsuit accusing taking Zantac for nearly a decade caused him to develop colon cancer. "According to his complaint, the plaintiff started using prescription Zantac (ranitidine) in 2000. The plaintiff was diagnosed with colon cancer in May of 2008, . He blames his cancer on his Zantac use and states that had he known Zantac could lead to exposure to N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), he never would have taken it," PLE tells readers. Lawsuits like this alleged that the drug manufacturers are obligated to warn consumers of what they knew or should have known about high levels of NDMA in ranitidine medicine developing from sitting on store shelves at high temperatures. Online testing pharmacy Valisure found NDMA levels thousands of times higher than the level the FDA deemed safe and reported their findings to the FDA in 2019. Sanofi recalled Zantac immediately, and the FDA followed suit about a month later. Elevated levels of NDMA are in blood pressure medicine and diabetes drugs also. NDMA is a carcinogen compound found in most foods we eat in levels thought to be safe. NDMA is used to induce cancer tumors in laboratory test animals.

The Zantac California colon cancer lawsuit points to a study published by the National Institute of Health (NIH) showing elevated levels of NDMA, a potent carcinogen, in the urine of test subjects that ingested ranitidine. According to the NIH paper, "(the study suggests) evaluated the urinary NDMA excretion attributable to the ingestion of clinically used ranitidine doses. Urine samples collected from five female and five male, healthy adult volunteers over 24-h periods before and after consumption of 150mg ranitidine were analyzed for residual ranitidine, ranitidine metabolites, NDMA, total N-nitrosamines, and dimethylamine. Following ranitidine intake, the urinary NDMA excreted over 24h increased 400-folds from 110 to 47 600ng, while total N-nitrosamines increased 5-folds."

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