First Zantac trial slated for February 2023

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The California State Court Judge overseeing litigation related to Zantac (ranitidine) issued a pretrial order scheduling the first of four bellwether trials for February 13, 2022, in Oakland.

Honorable Judge Evelio M. Grillo for the California Superior Court of Alameda County will preside over the litigation. Before the cases head to trial, Judge Grillo will verify that the experts tapped by the plaintiffs and defendants used sound logic in arriving at their scientific conclusions. Then, if plaintiffs’ experts persuade the judge, the first bellwether trial will proceed.

The heartburn medication Zantac, launched in 1983, was the best-selling drug in history in 1996. First developed by Glaxo Holdings Ltd, ranitidine remained popular until FDA yanked it from the market in 2020. The agency noted that the drug frequently contained the potentially cancer-causing contamin…

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