The law firms of Charney Lawyers PC and Rice Harbut Elliot LLP have commenced a national class action on behalf of all persons in Canada who purchased or ingested one or more of the Ranitidine products for sale in Canada from January 1, 2010 to present.
The action is brought against the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture Ranitidine products for sale in Canada. It is alleged the manufacturers were negligent because the drugs include a toxic chemical, NDMA.
According to Health Canada, NDMA is a potential human carcinogen, which means that it could cause cancer with long-term exposure. NDMA has been detected in the Ranitidine products manufactured, distributed and sold by the defendants.
The active pharmaceutical ingredient Ranitidine is indicated for the treatment of stomach problems, ulcers, heartburn, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Ranitidine products are available in Canada as over-the-counter medication or by prescription.
The lawyers recommend that you do not throw away any leftover Ranitidine pills. If possible, store them in a safe place for potential testing and proof of purchase.
According to a press release, the class action is also being advanced against national drug store chains who sold the contaminated Ranitidine products over-the-counter. It is alleged the goods are not fit for consumption.
The release says the defendant manufacturers in the proposed class action are the five pharmaceutical companies whose products appear on Health Canada’s recall list: Sandoz Canada Inc., Apotex Inc., Pro Doc Limitée, Sanis Health Inc. and Sivem Pharmaceuticals ULC/Sivem Produits
The defendant drug store chains are: London Drugs Limited, Shoppers Drug Mart Inc., Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd., Rexall/Pharma Plus Pharmacies Ltd., McKesson Canada Corporation/La Corporation McKesson Canada, McKesson Pharmacy Systems Canada ULC, Pharmasave Drugs Ltd., Loblaws Inc. and Westfair Drugs B.C. Ltd. states the release.
Class Counsel are Charney Lawyers, a leading class action firm led by senior counsel Theodore P. Charney and Rice Harbut Elliott a firm of trial lawyers who exclusively represent people who have been injured.