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Zantac Cancer Prompts FDA To Seek Answers

FDA database queries find that ranitidine has a higher likelihood of causing cancer than heartburn drugs that do not contain NDMA

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - Post-market adverse event reporting is the cornerstone of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 501 fast track drug approval system. A drug company can get FDA-approval in weeks, not months or years if they can show a panel of scientific experts at the FDA that the drug is substantially similar to one that is already on the market. Untested drugs are rushed to market rather than bog it down with human testing. Thus, the FDA relies on complaints made to them by physicians and patients about adverse side-effects to decide whether the drug is safe. In theory, the FDA queries their database and selects complaints that meet their criteria. Zantac Cancer lawsuits are represented by top national attorneys with vast experience handling litigations against big corporations and pharmaceutical companies and offer a free consultation with no obligation to file.

Although the 501 k fast track has allowed products to reach the market efficiently and saved countless lives, it is not without its shortcomings. Relying on adverse event reports makes patients human guinea pigs without informing them of the potential risks or getting prior consent. The FDA is unmotivated to initiate a query unless they are alerted that a problem exists. This could take years and put millions of lives at risk. Such appears to be true of cancer plaguing users of Zantac.

Over 500 individual Zantac heartburn and antacid users have filed lawsuits against Sanofi for failing to warn them of the cancer risk taking the drug allegedly represents. Experts expect tens of thousands of more Zantac cancer victims to file in the months to come. It took a petition delivered from online prescription drug testing pharmacy Valisure to get the FDA to recall all ranitidine tablets. This despite people for years complaining that they were taking Zantac and developing gastrointestinal cancer. Valisure tested Zantac and found the presence of NDMA, a carcinogen that is banned in the US but was once given to laboratory animals to induce tumors. Valisure found elevated levels of NDMA in all of the Zantac tablets they tested. Some Zantac tested contained thousands of times more NDMA than the 96Ngs per tablet the FDA had set as a threshold for patient safety.

The most recently published scientific study queried the FDA's Adverse Events Reporting System (FAERS) to see if people who took H2 Antagonist medicines like ranitidine (Zantac), had a greater likelihood of developing certain types of cancer than those who took protein pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs like Prilosec and others. PPI heartburn drugs have been tested and found to be uncontaminated with NDMA, although some are starting to link them with developing type-2 diabetes, however, that is a topic for another article. To summarize the latest report, individuals that took ranitidine had a higher likelihood to develop certain gastrointestinal cancer. NewYorkLegalExaminer wrote, "The scientists found elevated incidences of cancers such as esophageal, stomach, colorectal, liver, and pancreatic among those taking Zantac (ranitidine). The researchers concluded that the study results, in addition to other research, "support the hypothesis that NDMA-contaminated ranitidine increases the risk of cancer."

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