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Smokers And Others Who Eat Processed Meats May Find It Difficult To Prove Their Cancer Was Caused By Taking Zantac

NDMA levels in many common foods and beverages far exceed the FDA safe limit of 96 nanograms per Zantac tablet

Monday, October 4, 2021 - N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a chemical that is the by-product of making rocket fuel and other industrial manufacturing processes, is found in processed meats like bacon, deli ham, pastrami, bologna, salami, and all processed meats and cheese. The carcinogen is in beverages like whiskey and beer. NDMA is also in soil and drinking water but to a lesser degree. Whether or not the NDMA levels in Zantac tablets are sufficient to cause cancer will be center stage in the upcoming Zantac lawsuits scheduled to begin in October of next year. Heartburn medicine cancer lawyers are interviewing potential plaintiffs from those who have taken Zantac repeatedly for many years and now have received a cancer diagnosis.

Elevated levels of NDMA, sometimes as high as 3 million nanograms per tablet, were discovered a time ago by online prescription drug testing pharmacy Valisure, the first pharmacy to fill prescriptions only after first testing them for impurities and freshness. FDA impurity-testing methods have not to date found much to be concerned regarding NDMA levels in ranitidine, no more than other types of medication taken for high blood pressure, diabetes, and as an anti-smoking addiction remedy. The FDA acknowledges that there could be a problem, however, and took the dramatic step of recalling all forms of ranitidine in April 2020. Prior to that, the FDA was non-too concerned as evidenced by their stance just a few months prior to the recall. "NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables. ... Although NDMA may cause harm in large amounts, the levels the FDA is finding in ranitidine from preliminary tests barely exceed amounts you might expect to find in common foods."

Following the Valisure findings and the FDA recall, thousands of individuals have come forward and filed lawsuits against the maker of Zantac alleging that their stomach, bladder, prostate, colon, and other forms of cancer on taking Zantac regularly. The US Department of Justice has an active investigation underway seeking to establish that Sanofi, the maker of Zantac, knew about ranitidine's carcinogenic nature and lied to government regulators about it. Plaintiffs may have a tough time, however, pinpointing Zantac as the source of their developing cancer. The Minnesota Department of Health has expanded on the many sources of ingesting NDMA and writes, "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." To top it off, the spicy processed meats, cheese, and beverages with the highest amount of NDMA are the same foods that created heartburn and the need to take a Zantac in the first place.

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