Switch to ADA Accessible Theme
Close Menu
Oakland Personal Injury
Contact Us Today For a Free Consultation
Hablamos Español
925-937-3900
Oakland Personal Injury > Blog > Personal Injury > Latest Updates on Zantac Lawsuits in California

Latest Updates on Zantac Lawsuits in California

Zantac

If you take certain over-the-counter medications for heartburn, high blood pressure, or other gastrointestinal conditions, you may be aware of multiple FDA recall announcements involving N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). This substance was discovered in drugs containing ranitidine, which is the active ingredient in Zantac. NDMA has been classified as a “probable” human carcinogen, so it is understandable that you would be alarmed to find that a medicine you rely upon could cause cancer. Many others have been in the same position and taken legal action after developing medical conditions.

Numerous Zantac lawsuits are currently pending, including two in the Northern District of California. However, anyone who has been harmed by NDMA should be aware of some important recent developments in these cases, which have been consolidated into a larger multidistrict lawsuit. It is critical to discuss your situation with an Oakland personal injury attorney if you have concerns, but you might find it helpful to review some basic information on these other cases.

Synopsis and Timeline of the Zantac Litigation: The basis of the lawsuits against the makers of Zantac, its generics, and other ranitidine products is that NDMA contaminated the medication. It was not intentionally included as part of the drug’s formula, but only forms after the active ingredient, ranitidine, breaks down. The FDA has found that NDMA levels increase in these medications even under normal conditions, but these levels increase even more in samples stored at higher temperatures that are present during distribution. In April 2020, the FDA put out a request to all manufacturers of medicine with ranitidine to withdraw their products from the market.

Numerous lawsuits followed as individuals who had taken ranitidine developed cancers affecting the stomach, liver, and bladder, among others. For purposes of judicial efficiency, many of these lawsuits were consolidated into a single case pending before the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. As of February 17, 2021, there were 562 individual cases under the umbrella of the group action proceeding in a Florida federal court.

Liability in Dangerous Drug Cases: There are multiple bases for the Zantac litigation, and they are grounded in the legal concept of products liability. Claimants are seeking compensation for the losses they endured after contracting cancer from taking ranitidine products. Allegations include:

  1. Pharma companies failed to warn consumers that the medication could contain dangerous amounts of NDMA. Some evidence shows drug makers knew of NDMA formation in Zantac dating back to 1981.
  2. The formula of ranitidine is defective, which represents a design defect under products liability laws. Exposure to moisture or higher temperatures can lead to a chemical reaction that produces NDMA. These conditions may be present during packing, shipping, and storage.
  3. Cancer-causing NDMA can also be created during production, making Zantac a dangerous drug that suffers from a manufacturing defect.

Trust Our Oakland Personal Injury Lawyers to Advise You 

At Venardi Zurada, LLP, our attorneys have extensive experience with a wide range of personal injury matters, including dangerous drugs cases. We are prepared to explore your legal options, so please contact our firm to schedule a no-cost case evaluation at our offices in Oakland, Orinda, or Redding, CA. Once we review your circumstances, we can advise you on how to proceed.

Resource:

flsd.uscourts.gov/zantac

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

You can be confident in relying on our zealous and effective Oakland personal injury lawyers:

  • We have served Northern California for over 35 years.

  • Our attorneys have been honored with numerous accolades, including SuperLawyers, AV Rating, and Top 100 Trial Attorney Awards.

  • In our decades of legal service to the community, we have garnered a substantial reputation. We are respected by opposing counsel, feared by insurance companies, and followed by jurors.

  • We combine Big Firm experience with boutique office attention and care. Several of our attorneys have experience working for the biggest law firms in the country, including the most prominent maritime defense law firm. Our attorneys rely on that big-firm know-how but prefer the personal touch of a smaller firm, allowing us to provide individualized and attentive representation to each of our clients.

  • We’ve been through it, too. Attorney Mark Venardi had to personally deal with a medical malpractice injury he suffered at a time when he was working a blue-collar job on an offshore oil rig; he knows what it’s like to be a working man dealing with a personal injury. He built his way up to working for the biggest maritime defense firm in the country, before deciding to focus on helping people like himself who were hurt by negligence and mistreatment from others.

  • We like to fight for the underdog. Attorney Martin Zurada is an immigrant and the son of immigrants who tirelessly worked his way up through education and experience to attain the American dream. Even though he has served in large, high-level litigation law firms, he prefers helping clients directly, fighting against injustices, and securing victories for the little guy who has been wronged.

  • We win. We have secured multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. In our combined tenure, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients across our broad areas of practice.

  • We care first and foremost about our clients. We dedicate ourselves to serve each and every client personally, and we make ourselves available to our clients around the clock.

  • There is no cost to you until we win. If we don’t make a recovery for you, we will not collect a fee. And all initial consultations are free of charge.

Dedicated Areas of Practice

We offer a wide range of litigation services for Oakland personal injury and employment law clients. Specifically, our areas of dedicated practice span the following issues:

Employment Law. California employers must assure proper pay to employees and comply with a variety of rules and regulations to prevent discrimination and unfair treatment of employees. We represent victims of wage and hour violations, employment discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and any other form of California workplace mistreatment. If you believe you were treated inappropriately at work, we can help.

Personal Injury. If you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence, you deserve compensation. That’s where we come in. As Oakland personal injury attorneys, we right the wrongs done to our clients. And we do it at our cost during the entire duration of your case. There is never any fee until we win. Give us a call if you have been hurt in a car accident, by a toxic spill or contamination, as a result of medical malpractice, due to abuse or neglect, in a maritime accident, by a vicious animal attack, or any other incident caused by someone else’s negligence.

The Sooner You Speak to an Oakland Injury Lawyer, the Stronger Your Chances for Recovery Will Become.

Contact the Oakland injury lawyers at Venardi Zurada today, and let’s get started. We are available to talk any time, so whether you call, email or chat online, we’ll respond and set up an appointment to meet you. We have several Spanish speakers in the office and welcome the opportunity to cater our services to Oakland’s Spanish-speaking population. You pay no fee until we win for you, so you have nothing to lose by contacting our office for a free consultation. The sooner you call, the faster we can start getting results for you. Call 925-937-3900.

Location1 OAKLAND

1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612
PH: 510-832-4295 PH: 510-832-4298 (Español)
FX: 510-832-4364

Location2 ORINDA

25 Orinda Way, Suite 250, Orinda, CA 94563
PH: 925-937-3900 PH: 510-832-4298 (Español)
FX: 925-937-3905

Location3 REDDING

1650 Oregon Street, Suite 201, Redding, CA 96001
PH: 530-830-3473 PH: 510-832-4298 (Español)