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August 1, 2020 – The Department of Justice (DOJ) investigated Sanofi-Aventis US LLC and GlaxoSmithKline LLC regarding the allegations that the heartburn drug, Zantac, caused cancer. The DOJ and U.S. Attorney’s Office were specifically interested in whether these companies violated the False Claims Act by failing to reveal their knowledge about the presence of NDMA in their product.

The probes began in July, 2020 and during that time the New Mexico Attorney General also filed a suit against several Zantac manufacturers for violating the False Advertising Act, the Unfair Practices Act, and other laws. 

Although Zantac cases have already been consolidated in the MDL in Southern Florida, attorneys for 40 plaintiffs in California were separately attempting to consolidate their cases consolidated there, also.

Cancers being attributed to Zantac include testicular, bladder, prostate, kidney, and thyroid. The claims also state that makers of the heartburn drug have known about its potential to cause injuries since the 1980s and that some of the manufacturers even used efforts to wrongfully end those clinical research studies.

Zantac manufacturers continued to deny these claims asserted against them that their heartburn drug caused cancer and contended that there was no causal link between Zantac and cancer.

Reference: Konnath, H. (2020, July 30). Sanofi and GSK Face DOJ Probes Over Zantac Cancer Risk. August 02, 2020, www.law360.com/articles/1297127/sanofi-and-gsk-face-doj-probes-over-zantac-cancer-risk

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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