More than 200 people recently joined together to file a new Zantac class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The plaintiffs bring the action on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated residents of the U.S. or its territories who purchased and/or used Zantac for personal use.
According to the complaint, Zantac manufacturers deceived millions of consumers into “purchasing and ingesting a defective, misbranded, adulterated, and harmful drug” while failing to warn about the potential for that drug to conatin N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a cancer-causing agent.
Plaintiffs who used the drug between 1983 until April 2020 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration removed it from the market now face a potential increased risk of developing cancer, which may require them to endure costly medical monitoring, treatments, and/or medications for the rest of their lives.
The FDA set the maximum allowable daily limit of NDMA to 96 nanograms. Tests on Zantac products, however, revealed much higher than allowed amounts of NDMA, prompting the FDA to notify the public of potential danger in September 2019.
The plaintiffs claim they would never have used the medication if they were aware of its potential to contain NDMA. They say that the defendants knew or should have known of the NDMA risk in their products as early studies showed the possibility of conversion into cancerous N-nitroso compounds. Additionally, the plaintiffs state that the defendants long knew that NDMA could be formed, yet failed to take any action to protect consumers.
The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.