Birmingham Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit
People suffering from gastroesophageal reflux diseases or ulcers may be prescribed or recommended to use Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), which are meant to reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach. However, while PPIs could help reduce acid, help existing ulcers to heal, and even prevent ulcers, they have been shown to increase the risk of developing kidney disease by up to 50%. Many patients were unaware of these risks when they started taking PPIs.
If you or a loved one has developed kidney failure or damage from taking Protonix, Nexium, Prevacid, or Prilosec medication, you’re far from alone. There are thousands of patients who have experienced injuries to their kidneys as a result of taking these medications to treat ulcers, heartburn, or indigestion. If you have been injured you may be eligible to file a Birmingham proton pump inhibitor lawsuit.
At Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, we have been working with victims of kidney injury to hold drug companies and doctors alike accountable for the deadly side effects of these drugs. Read on to learn more about how these drugs can cause kidney damage and how you can pursue justice for the harm they might have caused to your health.
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- 1 What are the Negative Side Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors?
- 2 Have Proton Pump Inhibitors Been Recalled?
- 3 Are There Lawsuits Pending Against Manufacturers of Proton Pump Inhibitors?
- 4 Who is Eligible to File a Birmingham Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit?
- 5 How Much Will it Cost to File a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit?
- 6 How Can a Lawyer Help a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit?
- 7 Contact Our Birmingham Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawyers Today
- 8 Proton Pump Inhibitor Cases Our Firm Handles
What are the Negative Side Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors?
PPIs are a form of pharmaceutical drug treatment used for treating ulcers, indigestion, and other gastrointestinal conditions. They have been in use for many years, and are currently one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in the industrialized world.
PPIs usually work by inhibiting the “pump” that puts acid into the stomach, essentially helping the stomach be less acidic. Some PPI drugs can be bought over the counter, though most are usually prescribed by doctors. While they are considered among the most effective drugs for lowering the production of gastric acid, a number of recent studies have shown that long-term use of these drugs has much more troublesome health effects. They have been shown to cause several harmful and often long-lasting side effects to other parts of the body.
Here are some of the side effects of using PPIs:
Using PPIs has been associated with deficiencies in the levels of magnesium, iron, and B12. Lack of enough iron in the body could lead to anemia and even result in fainting. Deficiency in magnesium could lead to muscle cramping and weakness, while a lack of B12 is often associated with anemia.
Using PPIs long term has been linked to kidney disease in some users. The FDA mandated a warning against the use of PPIs in 2014 due to the established link between PPIs and interstitial nephritis, which is a disorder of the kidneys that leads to inflammation between the kidney tubules.
Infections and Pneumonia
PPIs are also associated with clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that can cause diarrhea and inflammation of the colon. They are also associated with pneumonia, which is potentially fatal.
Bad Drug Reactions
PPIs could reduce the efficacy of anticoagulants like clopidogrel, which is mostly used to inhibit blood clots that cause strokes and heart attacks. They also affect methotrexate, a cancer drug, by interfering with the elimination of the drug from the body.
PPIs can potentially inhibit the absorption of calcium, which can cause osteoporosis and a higher risk of fractures, especially on the wrist, hip, and spine. The FDA issued a warning about the risk of developing fractures associated with PPIs.
Despite this, some doctors are still prescribing PPIs to treat patients with heartburn and indigestion, usually insisting that there’s no conclusive evidence that there’s a link between the drugs and kidney disease.
Have Proton Pump Inhibitors Been Recalled?
Despite all of the available evidence showing that PPIs are linked to chronic kidney disease, the FDA is yet to recall proton pump inhibitors from the market. A consumer group demanded that the FDA require PPI manufacturers to include a black box label in 2011. After great persistence, the FDA eventually mandated the label changes in 2014, albeit falling short of the black box labeling requirements. The FDA refused to require the PPI manufacturers to have exact warnings for the possible development of kidney failure or disease and other potential kidney injuries on the labels.
Nonetheless, failure to warn users of potential side effects could be a basis of liability for drug companies, no matter whether the drug has been recalled. Affected patients and their families could be eligible to file for a lawsuit.
Are There Lawsuits Pending Against Manufacturers of Proton Pump Inhibitors?
As of January 2020, there were more than 13,400 lawsuits regarding proton pump inhibitors were pending in federal court, out of the total 15,164 that had been filed. However, the number of lawsuits has been growing quickly, with 2019 seeing the total number of lawsuits tripling within the first three months. By mid-2019, this had become the 2nd largest mass litigation in the country.
Most of these cases have been consolidated into a multi-district litigation, which allows for the cases to be grouped such that the lawyers for both the defendants and the plaintiffs can concentrate their efforts instead of tackling one lawsuit at a time.
The consolidation also allows for “bellwether” trials to be done on a small number of cases to establish how the remainder of the trials are expected to go. In most cases, when a bellwether trial is given a high dollar award, the manufacturer will offer a settlement to other group members.
Currently, the PPI Medical Liability lawsuits are against the manufacturers of Nexium and Prilosec (AstraZeneca), Protonix (Pfizer), Prevacid (Takeda), Prilosec OTC (Procter & Gamble), and Dexilant (Takeda).
Who is Eligible to File a Birmingham Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has been injured or harmed by an over-the-counter or prescription PPI medication, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your damages. Currently, our firm in Birmingham, AL, is accepting cases where a patient used the following PPIs for heartburn or GERD and subsequently suffered chronic kidney disease, acute interstitial nephritis, renal/kidney failure, or death:
The exclusion criteria are pre-existing kidney disease/failure, uncontrolled diabetes or heartburn, or taking NSAIDs or antibiotics.
Keep in mind that the statute of limitations in Alabama is two years, meaning you must file your claim within two years from the date the injury occurred. The clock starts on the date you should have reasonably known about the injury.
How Much Will it Cost to File a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit?
Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton represents all clients under personal injury law on a contingency fee basis. As such, we won’t charge you anything until we get you the compensation and justice you deserve. You won’t be charged for legal consultation or to file your claim. You only need to pay us once you collect your compensation award.
How Can a Lawyer Help a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit?
Your lawyer will essentially help you identify the parties that can be held liable for your damages, including the expenses, pain and suffering, and injuries that resulted from using the proton pump inhibitor drugs. With an experienced pharmaceutical lawyer by your side, you will be able to hold the drug manufacturer and the healthcare system accountable for all the trouble and suffering they caused you and receive the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
Contact Our Birmingham Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawyers Today
If you have suffered serious health issues like kidney failure or disease due to proton inhibitor drugs, the road to recovery is quite long. And while there’s hope for your health to improve with time, it often requires frequent treatment from various specialist healthcare professionals, along with possible transplant, dialysis, and surgery procedures.
However, you don’t have to bear the cost for something that wasn’t your fault. Contact Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton today and schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. We can fight for your justice and right to compensation.
Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are frequently used to control the production of gastric acid. However, in recent studies, PPIs have been shown to increase the risk of kidney problems, including chronic kidney disease and organ failure, with regular use. Certain studies have linked PPIs with decreased cognitive function as well, especially in women over the age of 75.
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