Delaware Judge Allows Over 70,000 Zantac Lawsuits to Proceed

Zantac Attorney Matthew Marin

In a major development for those impacted by Zantac, a Delaware judge has ruled that over 70,000 lawsuits against the drug’s former manufacturers can proceed. This decision, handed down by Judge Vivian Medinilla of the Delaware Superior Court in Wilmington, allows expert witnesses to testify that Zantac may cause cancer, despite objections from the drug’s makers.

Key Ruling in Zantac Litigation

On June 1, Judge Medinilla ruled that the scientific debates regarding Zantac’s potential to cause cancer should be decided by juries. This ruling is a major setback for pharmaceutical companies GSK, Pfizer, Sanofi, and Boehringer Ingelheim, who argued that the expert opinions lacked scientific validity. Medinilla emphasized that Delaware courts are reluctant to interfere in technical debates between scientists, underscoring the importance of jury deliberation in these cases.

“This moves us one step closer to justice for our clients,” said Brent Wisner, one of the lead lawyers for the plaintiffs, expressing optimism about the ruling.

Background on Zantac and NDMA

The controversy surrounding Zantac began in 2019 when NDMA, a known carcinogen, was detected in some batches of the drug. NDMA can form from Zantac’s active ingredient, ranitidine, especially when exposed to heat or over time. This led to the drug being pulled from the market in 2020 at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Path Ahead

This ruling is pivotal for the nearly 80,000 cases still pending in the U.S. over Zantac, which was once the world’s top-selling heartburn medication. The drugmakers, including GSK, Pfizer, and Sanofi, have announced plans to appeal the decision, maintaining that there is no reliable evidence linking Zantac to cancer.

In addition to the cases in Delaware, approximately 4,000 claims are pending in California state court, and around 2,000 more are spread across various state courts nationwide. This litigation landscape highlights the urgency for individuals who believe they have been harmed by Zantac to seek legal counsel promptly.

What This Means for Zantac Users

For those affected by Zantac, this update emphasizes the importance of taking legal action now. The ongoing legal proceedings are shaping the future of Zantac litigation, and delays could result in missed opportunities for compensation. If you or a loved one developed cancer after taking Zantac, it is crucial to consult with experienced legal professionals to explore your options and ensure your rights are protected.

At the Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support to those impacted by Zantac. Our team of experienced attorneys is ready to guide you through the complex litigation process and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation and take the first step towards justice.

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