pharmacist helping male patient with medicationZantac is the brand name for the drug ranitidine. Ranitidine belongs to a class of drugs called histamine-2 blockers, which relieve and prevent heartburn, as well as ulcers in the stomach or intestines. In addition to brand name Zantac, many companies sell generic versions of the drug.

Why Was Zantac Recalled?

Zantac has been recalled due to a contamination of NDMA. NDMA may cause harmful side effects, including stomach cancer, in humans who consume it. Although NDMA is a common environmental contaminant that people may come into contact with by eating dairy products, vegetables, or grilled or smoked meats, the chemical compound is capable of resulting in adverse side effects if it is consumed in high amounts.

When was Zantac Recalled?

The FDA announced the Zantac contamination on Sept. 13, 2019. In the months since the FDA’s initial report and ranitidine recall, multiple drug companies have announced additional recalls of the drug.

What Zantac Has Been Recalled?

In addition to brand name Zantac, generic Zantac has been recalled by Walgreens, Walmart, and Rite-Aid. Other companies that have recalled ranitidine include Apotex, Sandoz, Appco Pharma, Northwind Pharmaceuticals, American Health Packaging, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Perrigo Company, Aurobindo, and more.

The FDA has recommended companies recall their ranitidine tablets if testing indicates contamination levels higher than the acceptable daily intake for NDMA. This acceptable intake level is 96 ng, or 0.32 parts per million. Additionally, some companies that have tested ranitidine and found levels below the acceptable daily intake have still recalled the medications, due to the potential for further contamination. However, the FDA does not recommend patients stopping use of their medication without first visiting with their doctor.

If you are concerned that you may have purchased recalled ranitidine or brand name Zantac, you may be able to check the FDA’s drug recall page and compare your lot numbers against the recalled lots.

How Did the Zantac Contamination Occur?

It is currently unknown how Zantac came to be contaminated with NDMA. It may have occurred at some point during the manufacturing process. According to FDA inspections of facilities where some brands of ranitidine are made, many of these facilities were in states of disrepair and were using old or damaged machinery.

What are the Side Effects of NDMA?

NDMA (N-Nitrosodimethylamine) has been classified as a probable human carcinogen, after testing done on animals showed that NDMA exposure may result in the development of tumors. In addition to the possible increased cancer risk related to NDMA exposure, the chemical compound may result in other health consequences. Side effects of NDMA exposure may include jaundice, nausea, fever, abdominal cramps, vomiting, headache, fever, and dizziness. Additional long term side effects may include damage to the kidneys, lungs, and liver.

If you have consumed Zantac recalled by Sandoz, Apotex, or another pharmaceutical company and have suffered from side effects related to NDMA exposure, you may qualify to have an attorney review your case.

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If you or a loved one was diagnosed with stomach cancer or bladder cancer after taking Zantac or another ranitidine medication, you may qualify to join this Zantac cancer lawsuit investigation. Learn more by filling out out the form on this page for a free case evaluation by a Zantac cancer injury lawyer.

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