Zantac and NDMA: Can You File a Product Liability Lawsuit?

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What can you sue for in a personal injury case?”


Zantac is a brand name medication manufactured by Sanofi. Ranitidine, which helps prevent and relieve heartburn, is the active ingredient in Zantac. Interestingly, over-the-counter Zantac was first released in 1986, and within two years, it became the first medication to surpass $1 billion in annual sales.

heartburn-Charlotte-Monroe-Mooresville-Personal-Injury-Lawyer-200x300Unfortunately, Zantac may have been contaminated by NDMA for over three decades. NDMA is a chemical found in petroleum-based products such as gasoline. However, this environmental contaminant is also found in small doses in vegetables, dairy products, and other food and beverage products.

While mild exposure does not do much harm to human health, NDMA can accumulate in the body over time and cause cancer. The FDA’s recommendation is to limit NDMA consumption to no more than 0.096 micrograms per day. The federal agency also prohibits drugs from containing over 0.32 parts per million of the chemical.

The FDA’s page of laboratory tests showed that ranitidine samples contained up to 0.86 micrograms of NDMA per pill and up to 2.85 ppm. Zantac, meanwhile, had 0.36 micrograms of the cancer-causing agent and up to 2.38 ppm per dose. Thus, the FDA determined that such high levels of NDMA can put consumers at risk, especially those who have taken Zantac or other ranitidine drugs for over 12 months.


Qualifying Injuries to File a Zantac (Ranitidine) Lawsuit

If you only took Zantac or another ranitidine drug for heartburn relief once or twice in your lifetime, it is unlikely that you can bring a product liability lawsuit. However, using Zantac once or twice per week for at least six months increases the risk of NDMA exposure, which can lead to various types of cancer.

Qualifying personal injuries that may be linked to excessive NDMA exposure include:

  • Liver cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Cancer of the small intestine
  • Prostate cancer in individuals under age 65
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Blood cancer
  • Lung cancer in non-smokers
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Leukemia


Can You File a Zantac (Ranitidine) Lawsuit?

If you have been diagnosed with any of these medical conditions after taking Zantac or other ranitidine drugs for a prolonged period of time (at least a year), you may be eligible to bring a product liability lawsuit to obtain monetary compensation.

At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, our product liability attorneys will be honored to represent you. Our Charlotte-based law firm can stand up to large, billionaire companies to represent the victims’ rights. Call at (704) 370-2828 to discuss your eligibility to sue Zantac or another ranitidine drug manufacturer. Contact our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, for a no-obligation consultation. Let us assist you in handling your case during these tough times. Call at (704) 370-2828 to receive a consultation with our lawyers to explore your legal options or fill out our contact form. Now taking cases throughout North Carolina with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and Monroe.







The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.





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