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Ranitidine Zantac Cancer Will Make Headlines in 2021

More and more people may come forward when the government's investigation of Sanofi concludes

Monday, January 4, 2021 - The year 2020 brought us many developments that have affected consumer health like the Covid 19 pandemic and the rush to develop a vaccine to combat the Coronavirus. While people have had to deal with life and business disruptions brought on by government lockdowns intended to fight the virus' spread, the FDA recall of Zantac, the world's leading heartburn and acid reflux medication may have been even more disconcerting to people. Over 15 million Americans per year reached for the best-selling ant-acid medicine after having overeaten, eaten spicy foods, smoked, or drank caffeine or alcohol, among other reasons for feeling heartburn discomfort. Zantac and other heartburn medicine users were shocked last year when they tried to buy the over-the-counter medicine and found store shelves empty and were forced to suffer heartburn pain and misery. The FDA steered Zantac users to replace the recalled medicine with alternatives including Prilosec (omeprazole) Nexium (esomeprazole) Prevacid (lansoprazole), according to Drug All have tested negative for high levels of NDMA.

Sanofi, the maker of Zantac, voluntarily withdrew Zantac from the market early in 2020 when allegations were made to the FDA that the drug could contain elevated levels of NDMA, a known carcinogen. According to Organic Process R&D, " The US Food and Drug Administration recalled ranitidine, a common heartburn medication, due to unacceptable levels of the known carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine. Samples were found to contain up to 9 times the recommended safe level in a single 300 mg ranitidine dose." The FDA followed Sanofi's lead, taking it one step further in banning all types of ranitidine. It is suspected that NDMA contamination could have come from abnormally high drug storage temperatures, the drug's interaction with stomach nitrates, or contamination at the source in China where it is manufactured. It has come out recently that the most probable source of NDMA contamination is that ranitidine is inherently unstable.

This year, one of the largest mass tort lawsuits promises to be brought by users of the popular anti-heartburn and acid reflux medicine Zantac. People with stomach, bladder, or esophageal cancer, or many other types, have hired Zantac Cancer Lawyers to help them sort through the facts and file a claim against the drug's manufacturer. Legal minds think that tens of thousands of Zantac Cancer sufferers may come forward this year to press their case against Sanofi for failing to warn them of the dangers of using Zantac. Plaintiffs may be bolstered once the current federal investigation of Sanofi for lying about what they knew regarding Zantac and NDMA is made public.

It is unknown when or if Zantac and other ranitidine heartburn medicines will return to the market and users have been advised to avoid them until the FDA concluded its NDMA contamination study. Canada is allowing ranitidine to be sold but requires manufacturers to test the drug for NDMA levels frequently. Companies can be expected to remove the product from the market should the carcinogen be present above the acceptable level of 96 ng per tablet. There is no indication currently that the US will follow suit.

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