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Zantac Cancer Trials Consolidated In Federal Court

A federal judge has cleared the way for Zantac cancer plaintiffs to move forward and pursue their claims against Sanofi, the maker of Zantac, in Federal Court

Sunday, January 10, 2021 - Judge Robin Rosenberg has decided that cases against Sanofi about Zantac cancer are to be organized federally, preempting individual lawsuits filed state by state. Lawyers told (TWL), "The court's ruling today on the brand manufacturers' motion to dismiss provides further clarity and a road map for plaintiffs to move forward with individual and class claims against defendants involved in the manufacture of Zantac, a cancer-causing drug that the FDA directed be withdrawn from the market in April 2020. There are currently more than 500 Zantac Cancer lawsuits in multidistrict litigation (MDL) before the judge. The judge's ruling upholds a motion by Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer Inc, and Boehringer Ingelheim to "dismiss all state economic damages claims."

The judge's decision may help juries better understand the science governing the development of NDMA, a carcinogen, in Zantac antacid tablets. Judge Rosenberg could decide to hold hearings to get to the bottom of the facts about the escalation of NDMA in Zantac and filter out inflammatory rhetoric and exaggerations that might inflame juries. The judge's decision clears the way for interviews of experts and scientists to determine what went wrong with Zantac medicine. NDMA in Zantac may increase because of being stored at high temperatures, the chemical reacting to stomach nitrates, or possibly at the source of the drug's manufacturer in China or India. NDMA was used by scientists to induce cancer tumors in laboratory test animals.

Interviews of experts that may be conducted via Daubert hearings have not as of yet been discussed or scheduled and could push the start of Zantac Cancer trials back one year or more. Sanofi is accused of "negligence, violation of state consumer protection laws, design defects, and other charges," according to TWL.

Zantac is the all-time best-selling heartburn and acid reflux medicine, earning Sanofi millions of dollars in revenue every year. Over 15 million Americans were estimated to take the drug regularly until April 1, 2020, when Zantac and all other brands of ranitidine were recalled and the further sale banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Online drug testing pharmacy Valisure tested Zantac and found levels of NDMA, a known carcinogen, orders of magnitude greater than FDA permissible levels. Valisure reportedly found over three million NGS of NDMA in Zantac, far exceeding the 96 ng/tabled FDA threshold for safety. Individuals that were suffering from cancer or the estates of those that have died that used Zantac regularly for many years have hired Zantac Cancer Lawyers, and have filed lawsuits claiming Zantac caused their disease and that Sanofi knew and had an obligation to warn them. The Department of Justice is also concerned that Sanofi may have lied to government regulators about their knowledge of the Zantac being contaminated with the deadly carcinogen and has opened an investigation against the company.

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