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Zantac Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged Cancer Risks

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Zantac Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged Cancer Risks

In a recent lawsuit filed in California, plaintiff Kamar Brown alleges that pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi, and others knowingly manufactured, sold, and marketed a defective and dangerous product - Zantac, a ranitidine-containing drug used to reduce stomach acid. Brown, who consumed Zantac from 2015 to 2017, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2017. He claims that the drug produces a potent carcinogen, NDMA, when digested by the human body and that independent researchers have found high levels of NDMA in Zantac, leading to widespread recalls.

What Laws Did the Defendants Allegedly Violate?

According to the lawsuit, the defendants violated various laws by failing to provide adequate warnings and instructions about the risks associated with Zantac and NDMA. The plaintiff alleges that the defendants knew or should have known about the dangers of Zantac and NDMA but failed to warn consumers. Furthermore, the defendants are accused of not disclosing the risk of NDMA in Zantac to the FDA or proposing any labeling or storage guidelines to address this risk.

The plaintiff also claims that the defendants conducted inadequate testing and research on Zantac's safety and failed to report significant new information to the FDA. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants' Zantac was defectively manufactured, deviating from design and manufacturing specifications and posing an unreasonable risk of harm.

What Led to the Lawsuit?

The plaintiff's journey to the lawsuit began when he started consuming Zantac in 2015. In 2017, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer, which he attributes to his use of the drug. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants' negligence in failing to warn and properly design Zantac was a substantial factor in causing Brown's injuries.

Recalls of ranitidine-containing products were initiated in September 2019 due to high levels of NDMA found in the medication. The FDA eventually banned ranitidine-containing products due to the risk of NDMA exposure. This series of events, along with Brown's diagnosis, led to the filing of the lawsuit.

Who Are the Class Members?

The class members in this case are individuals who, like Brown, consumed Zantac and were subsequently diagnosed with cancer. The lawsuit alleges that these individuals suffered severe pain, suffering, disability, and economic loss as a result of the defendants' actions.

Given the widespread use of Zantac, the class could potentially include thousands of individuals who used the drug and were later diagnosed with cancer.

What Damages Is the Plaintiff Seeking?

The plaintiff seeks damages, including compensatory, exemplary, and punitive damages, as well as pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, costs, and attorneys' fees. While the exact dollar amount is not stated in the complaint, given the severity of the allegations and the potential number of class members, the damages could easily exceed five million dollars.

Brown's lawsuit also seeks a jury trial, indicating the seriousness of the allegations and the potential for a protracted legal battle.

What Could Be the Next Steps?

The next steps in this case will likely involve the defendants responding to the allegations. They may choose to settle the case or fight it in court. If the case goes to trial, it could set a precedent for other similar cases involving Zantac and other ranitidine-containing drugs.

Regardless of the outcome, this case highlights the importance of rigorous testing and transparency in the pharmaceutical industry. It serves as a reminder that companies must prioritize patient safety and provide accurate information about their products.

Case Facts

  • Status:
    Lawsuit Filed
  • Case Number:
    23STCV14914
  • Filing Date:
    June 27, 2023
  • Jurisdiction:
    Los Angeles County Superior Courts
  • State:
    California
  • Court:
    Spring Street Courthouse
  • Plaintiff:
    Kamar Brown
  • Defendant:
    GlaxoSmithKline, LLC, ET AL.
  • Plaintiff Firm:
    Parafinczuk Wolf, P.A.
  • Defendant Firm:
  • Claims Administrator:
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