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Zantac Recall Due To High Level Of Cancer Causing NDMA Contamination


Hi, I’m here with Daniel Nigh, he is an attorney
with Levin Papantonio and he is handling the Valsartan national litigation and basically
this is the case against Zantac. So walk me through this case. Why is this drug being recalled? Well, we got tipped off from one of our experts
about this problem about three months ago and what, what we’re finding is it’s the same
type of contaminant that we had with Valsartan, but at potentially much higher levels for
a much longer period of time. So what happens is this molecule, Zantac breaks
down inside of the body and sheers off what’s called NDMA, which is a very genotoxic carcinogen
that causes cancer large amounts of volume, at large volumes. Sheers off large amounts of NDMA into the
body, both in the stomach and in the kidney and it causes cancer in numerous sites. When they want to test animals to see, induce
them with the cancer and they want to study that cancer inside of the animal, NDMA is
the toxin of choice to induce that cancer. You will get a tumor 100% of the time, whichever
organ you induce that NDMA. So this is a, this is a catastrophic problem
and it’s coming to light now. The pharmacies have now realized it. They’re pulling it off the market. We’ve now seen that Sanofi has recalled all
the over the counter medication. I’m not sure you can purchase Zantac today
in the US. But people have purchased it and people have
taken it over the counter and they’ve oftentimes taken it for a long time. What should people do who have been exposed
to this? Well, there’s a lot of problems. If you’ve been exposed to it and you’ve got
a cancer after being exposed to it, I really think you should seek legal help immediately. If you don’t have a cancer yet, you need to
be following up with your doctor, letting them know that you took the Zantac and you
were exposed to this carcinogen. The Dr. may not, may not realize the problem
today, but he’ll, you know, in time we’re going to see more and more of this information’s
going to come out and it’s going to show that it’s a carcinogen. So the other thing, if you have an unexplained
pain over a long period of time, get it checked out because that could be your first sign
of a cancer. I represent a lot of clients, unfortunately
they checked out that unexplained pain too late and that was the difference between them,
you know, surviving the cancer versus not. And so getting those regular testing, if you’re
over 50 years old, get a colonoscopy. A lot of times that’s how you find your, find
your, your colon cancer. Your at an increased risk of cancer if you
took Zantac over a long period of time, there’s no doubt about it. With these levels that are in this NDMA absolutely
increased risk of cancer. What about the other generic versions of this,
Ranitidine, are they finding the same problem? Have those products been pulled from the market
as well? They’re all the same molecule. So Ranitidine is Zantac but generic, it’s
in its generic form. It doesn’t have the name brand on it. It’s the same molecule. It’s been breaking down as NDMA for the last
35 years that has been on the product. Both name brand Zantac, but also generic brand
Ranitidine. Has Sanofi the manufacturer, the French manufacturer,
were they aware of this at any point until now? Hard to tell. I mean the first one that developed it was
GSK, GlaxoSmithKline and they were selling it for a long period of time. I would be suspicious and I would think that
they would be the ones most likely to know at least early on, hard to know who would
know after that. Pfizer had it for some period of time. Boehringer Ingelheim had it for some period
of time and then it transferred over to Sanofi as the name brand, over the counter medication. So any one of those four may have had some
significant knowledge and it’s not like there’s hasn’t been any information about this. There have been signals in the journal articles
about this problem for some time. Wow. So what can people do now moving forward? If they have heartburn, they don’t take this
medication obviously. Are there other brands of different drugs
that also are showing problems that treat heartburn? What that’s the problem. PPI, which is omeprazole, has, has a similar
problem. I take that all the time. So that’s another one that, you know, it doesn’t,
it doesn’t, it doesn’t cause cancer at these incidents rise. It doesn’t have this carcinogen. I mean, I would probably say if I were ran
it, Zantac’s worse than, than PPI. But, you know, tried and true is, is probably
just your good old fashioned Tums, you know, compared to if you’re looking at side effects
and trying to minimize side effects. You know, Tums has a couple things that talk
about side effects. For the most part, it’s more safe than those,
than those other drugs. And so far, how many people have you spoken
to that have been affected by this? Well, I represent now over 500 clients who
have been, who have gotten cancer after being contaminated with this NDMA medication. So, you know, there’s a large number of people
this is gonna affect. Don’t think that you have to have been diagnosed
through cancer in the last year or two years, no. You could have been diagnosed in, in 2010,
you know, you, you could have been diagnosed in 2005. I mean, there’s a large range, you know, you
do need a, you know, take it for some period of time, you know, before you get diagnosed
with the cancer. But that’s something you should, you should
speak to an attorney about. Can you share any stories of what kinds of
people these are? Because it’s very easy to forget the faces
of the people who are affected by this. It’s not that you’re just going after a corporation,
you’re, you’re going on behalf of the victims of this. Absolutely. And it’s there, there are a lot of sad stories. You know, it can be people that are, that
are elderly. We could be talking about people who are new
parents, you know, people that are in college. I mean I, I’ve seen the whole spectrum, but
even, even more than that, I represent a patient who was taking this as an infant because it’s
prescribed for infants who have acid reflux and was diagnosed with leukemia at the age
of four. And when you look at the, the pattern, the
amount this, this infant was taking, it’s highly explanatory that the Zantac may have
been responsible for that leukemia diagnosis. Wow. So that happens. Also pregnant women, it was indicated for
pregnant women to take and one of the issues that we’re looking at is that it does appear
that NDMA crosses the placental barrier and very well could the child cancer as a result
of it. So there’s a wide range of people. Unfortunately, I don’t think any, any person’s
safe that is taking Zantac from this issue. Daniel Nigh, thank you so much. Thanks for your time.

26 thoughts on “Zantac Recall Due To High Level Of Cancer Causing NDMA Contamination

  1. Every freaking pill they push is followed by a lawsuit. Avoid doctors as much as possible. Stay in shape. There is no magic pill. Only destructive drugs created for profit, not health.

  2. I took ranitidine for a few months to help me deal with moderate acid reflux and it did work really well. I now take Diovol instead. It's also effective but now I'm wondering about it.

  3. If you care about the subject of contaminated and counterfeit drugs flooding the US read Katherine Eban's books. Zantac is a very, very common medication. I took it on and off for a long time and have other health issues.

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