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Heartburn Drug Zantac Recalled After Cancer Link Discovered

Heartburn Drug Zantac Recalled After Cancer Link Discovered

A massive voluntary recall is underway for
Zantac, one of the most popular heartburn and GERD medications in the United States
today. This recall has been months in the making
and finally the company decided that they would voluntarily tell people to stop taking
their medications in the 150 and 300 milligram doses. Joining me now to explain why this is happening
is Scott Hardy with Top Class Actions. Scott, the Zantac one, according to some of
the lawyers I’ve talked to, this is going to be one of the next very large, pieces of
litigation in the United States. Explain to us what’s happening here. Sure. It’s kind of similar to what we saw with Valsartan
where it appears that there’s been some impurities somehow added to this massively popular drug
and that unexpected impurity, which is N-Nitrosodimethylamine. Did I get that right? Nitrosodimethylamine, can actually cause cancer. It’s a probable human carcinogen. And so we’re seeing people that took Zantac
are now reporting problems like stomach and bladder cancer. And obviously this affects millions of people
around the world who take Zantac on a regular basis. And the really sad part about this is we’ve
seen a lot of problems recently with other proton pump inhibitors. You know, the Nexium and Prilosec causing
kidney failure according to investigations. So a lot of people actually switched off of
those medications and went over to Zantac. My doctor told me to do this. I had not yet made the switch. Now I don’t know exactly what I’m going to
do because Nexium and Prilosec could destroy your kidneys and now Zantac could easily give
you a, you know, one of these horrible forms of cancer because of this NDMA. So again, we do have a lot of people that
have been making the switch because Zantac was believed to be safer and now suddenly
they’re in a position where they may have been taking something that’s even more dangerous
than what they just switched off of. Exactly, and if you’re taking either one of
those, if you’re taking Zantac, if you’re taking one of the Nexiums, you want to talk
to your doctor and see what your best options are. Because, you know, hopefully there’s gonna
be something that your doctor can steer you to that doesn’t have these issues that we’re
seeing right now. We never want to tell you to stop taking your
drugs. We are absolutely not saying that. We are saying talk to your doctor and, and
see what they recommend. You know, right now it took Zantac a little
while, because when we first published this in September, they actually hadn’t done a
full recall. Now Zantac and generic versions have been
recalled at all major drug stores including Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS and Sanofi,
the name brand Zantac, also initiated a recall the over the counter Zantac on October 13th. And so, you know, they recognize that this
isn’t as small an issue as they thought before. And we’re seeing this happen more and more
as more of these drugs are manufactured overseas. You know, something that a lot of people don’t
know is that most of the drugs that you take, the prescription drugs and over the counter
drugs, are manufactured in China or India. And here’s the trick that they don’t tell
you. Are those FDA compliant manufacturer facilities? Yes, but the FDA can’t just hop into a jet,
flight 18 hours, get there and show up, show up unexpectedly. Oh no. The FDA has to give them at least a days notice. So you’re going to see more of these recalls
happen, especially with our current administration who is taking away more oversight and taking
away the abilities of the, our government organizations to really execute their authority. And I think we’re going to see more of these
types of recalls for these drugs and tainted pharmaceuticals when you have that kind of
lax oversight overseas. You know, you mentioned you had first reported
on this back in September. That’s around the same time the FDA finally
issued an advisory about Zantac. So we’re, you know, essentially two months
into this. So there is still a lot of unknowns, as you
pointed out earlier. We don’t know exactly how the NDMA got in
there. Some of the investigations show that it’s
not necessarily in the Zantac, but the chemicals that are in Zantac are now somehow turning
into NDMA, binding with other chemicals in your body and creating this. So there is a lot of unknowns. But what we do know is that Zantac is absolutely
linked to this carcinogen and we’re going to find out more. But again, this, this investigation, this
litigation that’s going to be coming, this is still in its infancy and we have a lot
more to find out. And as it stands right now, that that’s probably
the scariest part. We don’t necessarily know the extent of this,
we don’t even know the cause of this yet, but people need to be aware and as you said,
they’ve got to go talk to their doctors and find out what they can do, what they can switch
to. And hopefully it’ll be switching to something
that’s not also involved in other litigation at the moment because so many of these PPIs
are already being investigated and some of them already being sued. Exactly. There’s going to be more research coming out. We’re going to find out the true culprit and,
you know, if you have been diagnosed or family members been diagnosed with bladder cancer
or stomach cancer, please go to Top Class Actions, submit your information and, you
know, the attorneys we work with will reach out to you. It’s going to be a burgeoning problem and
you’ll want to keep an eye on it and obviously be very diligent on your own health. If you’ve been taking Zantac for the last
couple of years, keep an eye on your health. Make sure you’re seeing your doctor on a regular
basis because if you do get bladder cancer, stomach cancer, you want to be able to get
and act on it fast. Absolutely, as Scott just pointed out, make
sure you follow the link in the description of this video. Head on over to Top Class Actions and as always
while you’re there, please sign up for their weekly newsletter. It is one of the best resources available
to stay on top of stories like these and so many others. Scott Hardy, Top Class Actions, thank you
very much for telling us this story today. You’re welcome. Thanks for your time, Farron.

28 Replies to “Heartburn Drug Zantac Recalled After Cancer Link Discovered”

  • Quick one, Is this not the same med that was found in a picture of Mr Trumps before he came president, and there was a large amount in the draw, would this be the reason for the un announced trip to the doc, with the announcement of these problems, I may well be wrong with the name of the meds he was using

  • I had been taking Zantac for 15yrs.. I recently discovered a lump where a lump should not be (inside of my vagina). I went to see my doctor last week. She referred me to a specialist (OB GYN) that I will be seeing next week. Along with this lump which constantly changes in size from pee size to marble size, I have continuous cramping, I bleed when I'm not supposed to, I experience a lot of pain, and I am always fatigued. I quit taking the Zantac a few weeks ago. I'm kinda freakin' out.

  • My brother has been thrown into almost kidney failure three times by these medications. I am also on the zantac have been for years and nobody has said anything to me about it I am so frightened I don't know what to do could you please help me. Thank you

  • The greedy corporate bastards are killing us like rats in a bathtub. I've been taking this dangerous poison for 3 years. Somebody better go to prison.

  • Hmm, I take Costco brand (Kirkland) Rantidine… maybe I should write them to inquire about the manufacturing technique.
    I wonder why the 75mg Zantac was excluded from the recall. This culture of deferring to the knowledge of a doctor is rediculous, because they are often less informed than any scientifically literate individual could be if they spent that hour reading some papers on pubmed.org instead of deferring to authority.
    NMDA is a naturally endogenousally produced excitotoxin. Besides interviewing lawyers, you should interview a real biochemist (not some "expert witness" fraud)

  • I was prescribed a PPI And didn’t talk it . My stomach makes acid for a reason. I just changed my diet. Acid reflux gone

  • Tainted pharmaceuticals? How does this happen? First blood pressure medication now Zantac?
    Can’t help but wonder if this is by design.

  • When I first heard about this I actually asked my dad what kind of heartburn medication he and my step mom are taking and thankfully he told me they haven’t taken any in a while and have just been drinking certain liquids to dull the burning feeling

  • This doesn't apply to generic or perscribed priolsec does it? Because my doctor called me and said my blood work I recently got draw said that something showed up about my either my liver or kidney.
    ( I was just waking up when I got the call and they want me to come in next week for more blood work.)

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