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Is There A Zantac Class Action Lawsuit For Cancer Patients?

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There is a Zantac Class Action lawsuit against manufacturers, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, who are alleged to have deceived the public into believing the medicine was harmless. This class action lawsuit relates to breaches of consumer protection law, and does not relate to injuries caused by Zantac.

However, there are hundreds of separate lawsuits relating to cancers thought to be caused by high levels of the carcinogen found in Zantac. As there are so many individual lawsuits, these cases have been consolidated at the federal level into something known as a “mass-tort” or multidistrict litigation (MDL).

A mass-tort is similar to a class action lawsuit, but has a few key differences.

How Does The Zantac Mass Tort Differ From A Class Action Lawsuit?

In a class action, all of the plaintiffs must have, more or less, the same injury. An example of this is the class action lawsuit against tobacco companies where the common injury was lung cancer. However, the cancers caused by Zantac vary from person to person, as the carcinogen can cause cancer in any part of the body involved with ingestion, digestion, and excretion.

In a class action, plaintiffs are represented as a “class” of potentially millions of people by an individual class representative. By contrast, Zantac cancer cases need to be proven individually before they are considered to qualify as part of the mass-tort.

To summarize, a mass tort is a more involved process than a class action as it must be proven that you qualify early on.

  • Thousands of people are expected to qualify
  • You will not be automatically included in the damages awarded unless you are represented by a lawyer
  • There’s a limited window in which to join the lawsuit

If you were a regular user of Zantac and have been diagnosed with one of many types of cancer, you should consider joining the mass-tort lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries.

How Do I Become A Part Of The Zantac Mass Tort?

To qualify as a participant in the mass tort, there are several requirements. You must be able to prove you have taken Zantac regularly— for example, with prescriptions, receipts or pill bottles— and you must have been diagnosed with a cancer thought to be caused by the drug.

Though not comprehensive, the following cancers are thought to be related to the carcinogen found in Zantac:

  • Throat Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Bladder
  • Liver
  • Breast
  • Kidney
  • Colorectal
  • Large Intestine
  • Small Intestine
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Stomach
  • Esophageal

Proving Your Case

A cancer diagnosis alone is not proof enough that Zantac was the cause of it. Most successful claimants have an experienced law firm navigating their case through the system. The types of proof which show that a patient was a regularly used the medicine would ideally require some or all of the following types of proof:

  • Pharmacy Records
  • Prescriptions
  • Medical Records
  • Receipts
  • Credit Card Records
  • Other Documentary Items Of Proof, Such As Pill Bottles

The drug companies spend millions on the best defense lawyers money can buy— all with the goal of denying you your compensation. An experienced law firm who knows how to get the proof you need, and demand the compensation you deserve, is the most successful way to win your case. We can fight for you.

Seek Your Compensation

Perry and Leslie here at Patient Compensation Outreach have been supporting and fighting for each and every cancer patient, and their families, for decades. With us, or elsewhere, we urge you to get the full compensation you deserve from the pharmaceutical companies who put their profit over your health.

Related: Zantac FDA Recall: Do I Have Cancer? Where Did Zantac Go? Does Zantac Cause Cancer?

References

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