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You may have heard the recent news about the recalls and problems associated with Zantac, also known by its chemical name ranitidine. Perhaps your pharmacist or doctor has even warned you about the medication. The fact is, this drug has been under the spotlight about some concerning contents and side effects for a couple of years now. Finally, regulatory authorities have taken action to remove the medication from store shelves.

Zantac has faced scrutiny from the FDA and other medical patient interest groups due to concerns about cancer-causing active ingredients and unstable shelf life of the product. Following multiple individual and mass tort lawsuits and related investigations, the FDA officially issued a complete recall of all forms of the medication on April 1st of this year.

As the pending cases and inevitable future cases wait for their day in court, it remains to be seen how victims of the drug’s dangerous complications will fare – both in health and in recompense for their devastating experiences with the drug. If you have suffered illness or may have medical complications after a history of using Zantac medication, call Thompson Law today. We will be happy to answer your call or web inquiry right away and can provide you with information, options and advice – completely risk-free and at no cost to you.

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What is Zantac (ranitidine)?

Zantac is an over the counter (“OTC”) heartburn drug that has been widely available since the early 1980’s. It was available by prescription only for about the first 20 years since its development, and eventually became available OTC in pharmacies and health supply sections of stores such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target and more.

The drug was formulated to treat acid reflux and heartburn by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach, which causes these uncomfortable symptoms. Apart from this most common use and advertised application, the drug was also recommended and supplied to individuals struggling with other stomach conditions such as Zollinger Ellison Syndrome and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.

Often referred to and sold under its chemical name, Ranitidine, Zantac is a category of medication known as a histamine-2 blocker. It is produced and conveyed to consumers via a few companies such as Sanofi US Services Inc., Blake v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Pfizer Inc. All of these companies are facing ongoing litigation about their role and responsibility in producing or conferring Zantac to consumers who ended up fighting cancers such as breast cancer or bladder cancer.

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What is the Problem with Zantac?

Since the April 1st statement issued by the FDA, ranitidine products were removed from the market immediately in all forms, including pills and liquid. The substance within the drug that is under scrutiny for its purported carcinogenic consequences is called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Digestion of this substance in large quantities has the potential to cause cancer in humans. The daily consumption limit of the substance is 92 nanograms according to FDA guidelines, as the substance is found in certain foods, such as cured meats.

Zantac’s rise in popularity has meant that huge numbers of individuals may be made vulnerable to the drugs related complications. The medication was first approved by the FDA in 1983 and by 1988 was the best-selling drug worldwide. It continued to increase in popularity since then, and in the early 2000’s the drug was made available over the counter.

Alternative medications to Zantac which do not include the ingredient NDMA include Pepcid (famotidine), Nexium (esomeprazole), or Prilosec (omeprazole). Be sure to talk to your doctor before changing any medications or starting a new regimen.

Not the First Time Zantac Has Had Issues

The makers of Zantac are not newly aware of concerns with the drug. In July 2018 the first round of actions was taken in the form of voluntary recalls, and the FDA began investigating NDMA levels the following summer. The initial action was taken due to Zantac containing the ingredient valsartan. Since the focus of concern has shifted to NDMA contents and the compound’s increase over the duration of the shelf life, several lawsuits have been filed. The first was in Florida in September 2019, followed soon after by a Colorado case in October 2019. Still before the FDA recall in April of this year, cases were filed in New York and Illinois in January. As these cases pend trial, the situation has become increasingly alarming to the huge consumer base that has utilized this drug. Due to deficiencies in the study of the contents and stability of the medication, users may be facing an increased likelihood of developing cancer.

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Thompson Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help Your Case

Have you developed cancer or suffered illness or disease after use of Zantac or ranitidine medication? The experienced personal injury team at Thompson Law is standing ready to take your call and help to get you on the path to your deserved personal injury recovery. For your health concerns, or any worries you have about the health history of your loved ones after taking ranitidine, don’t hesitate to reach out for advice and options.

Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe us one penny unless we win your case for you. You deserve to be protected and you deserve justice after suffering a dangerous and debilitating cancer or illness caused by using a medication that you were told was safe.

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Official Statement From the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has requested a manufacturer’s market withdrawal of ranitidine, known commonly by the brand name Zantac. This means ranitidine products will not be available for new or existing prescriptions or over-the-counter (OTC) use in the U.S.

FDA has found N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) levels in some ranitidine products increase with time and temperature posing a risk to consumers, and therefore the agency has requested the withdrawal of all ranitidine products from the U.S. market.

Consumers should stop taking any OTC ranitidine they may currently have. Patients taking prescription ranitidine should speak with their health care professional about other treatment options before stopping the medicine. Multiple drugs are approved for the same or similar uses as ranitidine.

Consumers should dispose of any ranitidine products properly, and not buy more of it including compounded ranitidine.

To date, FDA’s testing has not found NDMA in products used for similar treatment like famotidine (Pepcid), cimetidine (Tagamet), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec).

To dispose of unsafe medications: Visit the FDA’s recommendation page here.

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Medical Transportation Program (MTP) for Medicaid & CHIP Participants

After a serious accident, there can be a lot of extra stress and expense added to your daily life. Doctor visits and treatment sessions can cut into work schedules, property damage or car repairs can cut into finances, and the emotional toll of taking extra time and energy to navigate these issues can be significant. If you are without transportation following an accident, these challenges can be even more difficult or even impossible to solve. Fortunately, programs exist to help in these times. The Medical Transportation Program is a particularly helpful resource to explore if lack of transportation is holding you back from your recovery and healing process.  

Ryan L. Thompson and his legal team at Thompson Law are passionate about helping clients reach a full recovery and maximum settlement – in other words – your best possible outcome. Read on for more information about one program that the Thompson Law team can help you access in the aftermath of your accident.  

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What is The Medical Transportation Program (MTP)? 

The Medical Transportation Program (MTP) was designed and implemented to provide non-emergency transportation services to medical appointments for individuals who do not have means of transportation to reach their healthcare providers. In addition, to ride services, the program has a few auxiliary benefits, including: 

    • Bus, train, or airplane tickets 
    • Payments for a friend or family member to take you to your appointment 
    • Meals and lodging for those under the age of 20 staying overnight for healthcare services 
    • Out of state travel to Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma or New Mexico 

Rides may be arranged for visits to doctors, dentists, hospitals, drugstores, or other medical providers for healthcare services covered by the affiliated health insurance programs.  

Whis Eligible to Participate? 

Individuals with no means of transportation who are enrolled participants in one of these programs may use the Medical Transportation Program: 

Medicaid 

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 

Children with Special Health Care Needs 

Transportation for Indigent Cancer Patients 

What is Not Covered? 

Gas money alone is not covered by the program. However, if you have a vehicle, but no money for gas to travel to your appointments, there is an additional step you can take to gain access to the resources of MTP ride service. Reach out to the MTP just as you would to request a ride and explain your transportation situation. You will be mailed an application to become an Individual Transportation Participant. With this approval and pre-approval of each unique ride, you may be granted the use of the program services.  

How to Use the Program 

MTP is a great resource for individuals who have health insurance coverage through one of the above-named programs, and it takes fairly minimal preparation to sign up for services.  

Call your doctor or healthcare provider first to set up your appointment. Be sure to make the appointment sufficiently in advance so that there is time to order ride services. Local trips should be scheduled for 2 workdays in advance, and longer trips to other regions or states should be scheduled 5 workdays in advance. Certain restrictions exist for minors and children to travel, so be sure to check the official guidelines when scheduling for your child.  

When you call in for a ride, you’ll need the following information: 

  • You or your child’s Medicaid ID, Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program Number or Social Security Number 
  • The address and phone number for the pickup service 
  • The name, address, and phone number of the medical service provider you need a ride to reach. The destination memo will also need to include the date, time, and reason for visit. 
  • Note in advance any special needs like a wheelchair or walker accessibility so that the vehicle dispatched to you is properly equipped to best assist you. 

Once you have gathered the pertinent information, use the following toll-free contact information based on where you live: 

Houston/Beaumont area call 855-687-4786 

Dallas/Fort Worth area call 855-687-3255 

Other areas call 877-633-8747 (1-877-MED-TRIP) 

Thompson Law is Here to Help 

At Thompson Law we understand the value of having effective and reliable help in your time of need. After a serious accident, nothing is more important than getting your healing and recovery on track. Making regular doctors visits,keeping up with recommended treatment plans, and consistently following up with your healthcare providers is essential to a full and successful recovery. The Medical Transportation Program can be an invaluable resource for this recovery process. Don’t hesitate to make use of every resource available to you at a difficult time.  

If you have questions, encounter challenges to accessing your resources, or need assistance reaching your healthcare appointments, reach out to your team at Thompson Law. The dedicated legal experts working on your claim and case have great experience with numerous programs and outlets for assistance. At Thompson Law, our ultimate goal is always your full recovery and maximum compensation through the best possible experience.  

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