Zantac Victims

The Zantac recalls began in 2019. Sanofi, GSK, and Boehringer knew that ranitidine had carcinogenic that could cause cancer but continued to sell the product to the masses. It was only after multiple doctors complained to the FDA that the FDA decided to do did an independent study and pulled it off the market. The study found Zantac contained a carcinogenic chemical at 26,000 times the FDA-approved limit. Litigation has just started. April 1, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that manufacturers withdraw their ranitidine products, both prescription and over-the-counter.

Zantac lawsuits are pending and the Zantac settlement amounts or payouts are likely to be sizeable and would encompass damages such as medical bills, lost wages, loss of consortium and pain and suffering. The overall settlement is likely to be in the billions of dollars. There are more than a dozen drug makers that produce heartburn drug Zantac and generic ranitidine medications. So this may lead to a number of individual settlements occurring at different times.

Global settlements are expected. A global settlement is a dollar amount that covers the payout for all outstanding claims. There is also a “matrix” of criteria to decide how much each plaintiff receives. For instance, stage 1 cancer patients who get cured may receive less than stage 4 cancer patients who are terminal. And people who had one surgery may receive less than people who had multiple surgeries.

Lawsuits have been filed throughout the US, and states have begun asking for pretrial dates for bellwether trials. California is the first state to have a scheduled pretrial set for October 10, 2022 before Judge Grillo for the Superior Court of Alameda. The 2nd bellwether trial is set for February 6, 2023, the 3rd trial is set for May 1, 2023, and a 4th is set for August 7, 2023.

Two other jurisdictions may schedule Zantac trials ahead of the October 10, 2022 date. Zantac cancer attorneys in Shelby County, Tennessee have asked for spring 2022 trial, although a date has not yet been scheduled. Another Zantac trial is scheduled in Nueces County, Texas for May of 2022, but the date has also not yet been scheduled at this time.

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