Nexium, Prilosec & Prevacid Lawsuit Attorneys
If you have experienced heartburn or acid reflux, you may have taken a drug known as a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI). Common forms of these drugs include Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. Recently published research has linked these drugs to renal failure and chronic kidney disease.
Our dedicated team of Texas Prilosec lawsuit attorneys are actively engaged in litigation on behalf of clients who have suffered injuries as a result of taking these drugs.
Learn more about the Nexium, Prilosec & Prevacid Lawsuit below.
What is a PPI?
A Proton Pump Inhibitor is used to treat GERD or acid reflux disease by reducing the acids in a person’s stomach. Marketed as the “purple pill,” Nexium is renowned as the top-selling PPI and one of history's best-selling drugs, amassing staggering sales of $72.5 billion for AstraZeneca between 1992 and 2017. PPI drugs can be prescribed or purchased as over-the-counter medications. The drug is also used to treat ulcers and heartburn. A reported 15 million Americans were prescribed PPI medication in 2013 with the number of actual users thought to be significantly higher due to over-the-counter users.
Elevated Chronic Kidney Disease Risk
Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine shed light on the critical association between PPI usage and chronic kidney disease. Users of PPIs like Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid faced a concerning 50% higher risk of developing this condition compared to nonusers. The risk further escalated for individuals consuming these medications twice daily compared to those taking them once a day. Moreover, those relying on PPIs experienced a notable 2.5- to 3-fold surge in acute kidney injury and acute interstitial nephritis.
FDA Action and Ongoing Lawsuit
In December 2014, the FDA required the manufacturers of Nexium and Prevacid to put a new warning label on the medication. This included highlighting Acute Interstitial Nephritis as a hypersensitivity concern.
The manufacturers of Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec neglected to adequately alert patients about potential risks tied to these medications. Armed with this knowledge, patients could have made informed decisions, potentially opting for safer alternatives. Simultaneously, healthcare providers could have implemented proactive monitoring practices to safeguard patient well-being.
Litigation is ongoing for those seeking compensation for kidney injuries.
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