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The FDA has found excessive levels of a cancer-causing substance in the popular heartburn medication Zantac. Individuals across the world may be at risk of developing cancer from impurities in their medication.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or ranitidine medications, contact AVA Law Group.  Our attorneys are experienced in handling even the most difficult dangerous drug cases and have proven track records of success.

Zantac Recall: Increased Risk of Cancer - AVA Law Group - Personal Injury Attorneys


Cancer-Causing Impurities

In September 2019, the FDA released a warning that they found harmful impurities in batches of both Zantac and ranitidine, the generic name for Zantac.

Ranitidine is both an over-the-counter and prescription drug used to relieve heartburn, prevent ulcers, and treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. As an H2 (histamine-2) blocker, ranitidine medications work by lowering acid levels in the stomach.

However, the FDA recently learned that both generic and brand name versions of ranitidine have been contaminated by the probable carcinogen NDMA.

NDMA in Ranitidine Medications

NDMA in Zantac: Why is it Dangerous? - AVA Law Group - Personal Injury Attorneys

NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine) is a nitrosamine the FDA categorizes as a likely human carcinogen. They note that NDMA is a “known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables”. While NDMA can be safely consumed a very low levels, the amounts found in ranitidine medications is at hazardous levels.

The FDA has found evidence of this deadly substance in many other drugs including ranitidine. In 2019, Health official discovered traces of NDMA in the popular blood pressure medication valsartan. Officials suggest NDMA found its way into the blood pressure medication through a new manufacturing process meant to increase product yield.

Some say that like valsartan, ranitidine medications’ manufacturing could be the reason for the NDMA contamination. However, recent reports claim the contamination stems from the drug’s composition, not manufacturing. Many fear that Zantac and ranitidine users could face the same severe health consequences as valsartan users, who have allegedly been diagnosed with cancer from their NDMA-tainted medications.

Cancers Associated with NDMA Exposure

  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Stomach or gastric cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Nasal cancer

Patients’ Next Steps

The FDA is not recommending individuals to stop taking Zantac or ranitidine at the present. But, patients who want to stop prescription ranitidine use should call their doctor for other treatment options.

They also recommend that people taking OTC ranitidine should consider taking an alternative. There are other approved drugs on the market that work similarly to ranitidine.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or a ranitidine medication, talk to your doctor and call us immediately. We are currently investigating Zantac cancer cases to pursue compensation for your injuries.


Zantac manufacturers across the world are either recalling or halting ranitidine distribution in response to the Zantac cancer scare.

A distribution halt is not the same as a recall, and it also means that some generic Zantac or ranitidine remaining in the stores can still be sold.

The FDA has not recalled Zantac or ranitidine medications from the market yet. However, many pharmacies and drug distributors are pulling these drugs from their shelves out of caution. Distributors pulling Zantac from their stores include CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid Corp., Apotex, etc.


Drug manufacturers currently face Zantac lawsuits and a class action lawsuit filed by injured users. The lawsuits seek compensation for those who took Zantac and were unknowingly exposed to extreme levels of NDMA in their drugs. Zantac lawsuits claim that if users had known about the high levels of NDMA in Zantac, they would have never chosen to take it. Individuals involved in these Zantac lawsuits are suing manufacturers for compensation to cover unforeseen financial burdens, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • medical monitoring
  • medical treatment and expenses
  • the cost of unusable drugs


With your health and safety on the line, waste no time in contacting AVA Law Group today. Suffering from cancer impacts every aspect of your life and creates financial burdens you and your loved ones never needed to bear. We want to help ease these burdens for you and your family by pursuing monetary compensation for your Zantac injuries.

Zantac manufacturers and distributors put your livelihood on the line with contaminated drugs, and their negligence should not be left unchecked. By calling out their negligence, we can help you and other individuals receive the compensation and justice you rightly deserve.

When you partner with AVA Law Group, you are connected to top-notch personal injury lawyers across the nation who possess the experience and skills necessary to care for your case needs. Our lawyers aggressively fight for your right to compensation and have the successful track records to prove it.

Call today to learn more and get your free, no obligation case evaluation. We offer 24/7 hour, so contact us at any time: we are here to serve you and problem solve in any way we can!

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