A Zantac lawsuit is a legal claim for financial compensation by plaintiffs who contracted cancer from taking the heartburn medication. Zantac (and the generic version ranitidine) has been found to contain the carcinogen NDMA. Studies have linked NDMA to cancer in animals and humans. In the current litigation, plaintiffs allege Zantac makers put on the market a dangerous product and failed to warn consumers of the serious side effects.
“NDMA and its metabolites damage DNA through a variety of mechanisms,” the complaint describes. “NDMA or its metabolites can induce alkylating damage. NDMA can literally break the phosphodiester backbone of the double helix (i.e. a ‘strand break’), directly induce mutations in the DNA sequence, it can chemically modify the DNA molecule, forming ‘DNA adducts,’ and split chromosomes.”
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