The Zantac (Ranitidine) Cancer Risk and Why You Should Speak With An Attorney

October 4, 2019 | Ed Bernstein
The Zantac (Ranitidine) Cancer Risk and Why You Should Speak With An Attorney Zantac and its generic varieties are being pulled off store shelves following the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) revealing that it has found a cancer-causing chemical, NDMA, in amounts that are 3,000 to 26,0000 higher than is safe in samples of the drug. If you or a loved one has taken Zantac or its over-the-counter versions for heartburn and were diagnosed with cancer, call the law offices of Ed Bernstein, Las Vegas’ most trusted personal injury attorney immediately.

What is the problem? 

Two weeks ago, the F.D.A. warned that prescription and over-the-counter versions of Zantac (Ranitidine) have tested positive for potentially harmful chemical contaminants. The chemical known as NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). Although pharmacies like CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens are suspending sales of the popular product, the F.D.A. has not yet advised consumers to stop using the medications.  The F.D.A. is still investigating the source of the contamination and whether the higher levels found in the medications create a health risk. While the administration has not issued an official recall of the product, they are advising patients using the medication to speak with their physicians. They also advise those who take over-the-counter versions to consider switching to a different medication, like Pepcid or Tagamet, that do not contain Ranitidine.

What is NDMA?

N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA is an environmental contaminant found in water as well as meat and vegetables. Exposure to high concentrations is thought to cause gastric or colorectal cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The contaminant can also be extremely toxic to the liver and even small amounts can be linked to liver damage.  Once used to make rocket fuel, today the chemical is used for research purposes only in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. It is a byproduct of many manufacturing processes and can be unintentionally created by the chlorination of drinking and wastewater as well.  Classified as a probable human carcinogen based on lab reports, this is not the first time NDMA has been detected in a common medication. Since last year, the F.D.A. has been investigating NDMA and other impurities in blood pressure and heart failure medications. Numerous recalls have been launched as they have uncovered “unacceptable levels” of nitrosamines in several of those commonly used drugs. 

Possible Effects of NDMA: 

  • Stomach Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer

Why should you talk to a personal injury lawyer about a Zantac lawsuit? 

If you or a loved one have used Zantac or its generic over-the-counter varieties containing the drug Ranitidine and have been diagnosed with cancer, you may be entitled to a settlement.  Call the law offices of Ed Bernstein right away to understand whether you have a case and how to move forward as you may have a limited amount of time to file after your personal injury lawsuit. If you fail to timely file a lawsuit, you will lose your right to the compensation that you deserve. Such compensation may help pay for medical treatment, lost wages, travel expenses related to treatment, medications, and pain and suffering. Ed Bernstein is the personal injury lawyer that will fight to help you recover the money that you deserve.

What makes Zantac cancer personal injury cases and lawsuits challenging? 

You should not attempt to file a Zantac cancer lawsuit or personal injury case on your own, as these cases come with challenges. The biggest is determining who to bring the case against. In many situations, the corporation who manufactured and sold the product to you deserves the blame. Starting this process, especially years later, and knowing who exactly to sue often proves difficult for many victims. You also have to show that exposure occurred, which offers its own set of challenges after long periods of time have passed. At the same time, you have to do all of this while you deal with the harmful side effects, including dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. Ed Bernstein will help you with every aspect of your claim. 

What should you look for in an attorney?

When you look for a personal injury attorney in Las Vegas, find someone with expertise in these types of claims with a track record of winning. Learn how they will help you to maximize any settlement that you win. Work with someone who knows what to do and has a proven track record of results, like Ed Bernstein.


When you need an experienced personal injury attorney in Southern Nevada for your Zantac (Ranitidine) Cancer claims, call Ed! Ed Bernstein & Associates is here to help you. We have the experience and expertise to win these cases. Call now to schedule your free consultation with our office.  


Ed Bernstein

Edward M. Bernstein, Esq. is the owner and founding partner of Edward M. Bernstein & Associates, and one of the most recognizable figures in Nevada. Ed is one of state’s premier personal injury attorneys and has hosted The Ed Bernstein Show for over 31 years. He has served the Las Vegas community for decades with dozens of community appointments and terms of service. In the year 2000, he was Nevada’s Democratic nominee for the United States Senate.

Ed received his B.A. from Long Island University in 1971 and his J.D. from Widener University in 1975. Since then, Ed’s professional accolades include numerous publications, honors and awards, court appointments, and has been named one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.