Florida judge dismisses Zantac cancer claims against GSK, other pharmas
GSK can breathe a little easier after a Florida federal judge dismissed thousands of claims that Zantac and related heartburn products caused cancer, triggering a boost in premarket trading on Wednesday.
Plaintiffs in the sprawling multidistrict litigation (MDL) at first attempted to link popular ranitidine heartburn products to 10 types of cancer, but later withdrew breast, kidney, colorectal, prostate and lung. On Tuesday, Judge Robin Rosenberg tossed the remaining claims in liver, bladder, pancreatic, esophageal, and stomach cancers, upon determining that the allegations were based on “flawed” and “unreliable” evidence.
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