Zantac lawsuits explained: Top questions answered

Zantac (also known by its generic name ranitidine) is one of the common drugs, recommended for treatment of heartburn and GERD disease. Ranitidine is available as a prescription & OTC drug. Zantac lawsuits claim that the drug contains unacceptable amounts of carcinogen NDMA, which is linked to cancer in humans and animals. If you have taken the drug and have been diagnosed with cancer, you may have a valid Zantac lawsuit. In this post, we are sharing more on these lawsuits by answering important questions. 

  1. What are Zantac lawsuits all about?

Zantac lawsuits claim that the drug makers sold a drug in the market that was dangerous and failed to warn the public of the possible risks and side effects. The FDA requested manufacturers to withdraw ranitidine from the market, after high amount of NDMA was found. Over a dozen different pharmaceutical brands have recalled ranitidine since then. In short, the lawsuits claim that – 

  1. The drug had a design defect
  2.  Manufacturers didn’t warn of the risks and side effects on the labeling. 

A considerable number of Zantac lawsuits have been filed in a short time, and more plaintiffs are expected to come forward.

  1. How to file a Zantac lawsuit? What can plaintiffs expect?

There are personal injury law firms in the US that are accepting these lawsuits. Every case is unique, and if you have been diagnosed with cancer after taking the drug, consult an attorney. Zantac lawsuits can be filed by those who have taken ranitidine on prescription, or as an over-the-counter drug. The compensation sought by lawyers is meant to cover for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. 

  1. Are these separate lawsuits?

Yes, currently all Zantac lawsuits are being filed as separate cases, which is different from that of a class action lawsuit. These cases eventually will join a multi-district litigation, or MDL, which will help in streamlining the proceedings. In case of multi-district litigation, all cases remain separate and plaintiffs will get separate compensation. The judge will typically hear a few bellwether cases in MDL, which sets the tone for settlements for all cases. 

If you believe that you have valid Zantac lawsuit, make sure to check with an attorney. Law firms and personal injury attorneys are taking these cases on a contingency fee, so you don’t have to pay the lawyer right away. The first meeting with attorneys is also free of charge with top law firms.