Proton Pump Inhibitors Lawsuit
Tens of millions of Americans routinely struggle with heartburn and acid reflux disease. Many people have turned to Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs and medications to combat these health problems. Popular PPI’s like Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec work by blocking the buildup of acids in the stomach. Unfortunately, PPIs are also known to block the body’s absorption of vital minerals, leading to serious possible side effects such as chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, heart attacks, and other health issues.
Over the past couple of decades, PPIs like Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec have not only become among the most heavily prescribed drugs in America, they’re also supported by drug companies who’ve spent millions to advertise them. This has been done despite increasing evidence that long-term use of PPIs may not only lead to severe negative health side effects, but even long-term dependence.
If you or a loved one has suffered through any negative health episodes after taking a PPI, or have been a regular, long-term PPI user, you need to contact a dedicated pharmaceutical injury attorney. The law firm of Farah & Farah has been handling injury claims for over three decades and we’re currently investigating injuries related to PPI use nationwide. Contact us today for a free consultation at 877-245-6707.
Some Well Known Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Drugs
Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs are among the most profitable pharmaceutical products in the U.S., with an annual sales of about $10 billion. PPIs were developed and manufactured in a joint effort by pharmaceutical giants Merck & Co. and Astra AB (now known as AstraZeneca). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved PPIs for patient use in 1989. Currently, there are six major brands of PPIs produced by pharmaceutical companies:
- Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole)
- Nexium (Esomeprazole)
- Prevacid (Lansoprazole)
- Prilosec (Omeprazole)
- Protonix (Pantoprazole)
- Aciphex (Rabeprazole)
Studies Show Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Use Can Cause Major Health Problems
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that PPIs increase a patient’s risk of developing serious kidney problems, such as chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. Several other medical studies have supported these claims. Thus far, researchers haven’t been able to find a medical reason for PPIs to cause these serious—and even fatal—kidney problems.
Other Side Effects Related to Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Use
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have also been known to cause serious, and even fatal, medical problems, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Skin rash/itching
- Bacterial infections
Possible Dangers of Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Use During Pregnancy
A study recently conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found evidence that shows babies born to mothers who used PPIs during the first pregnancy trimester where twice as likely to develop congenital heart defects as children whose mother did not use PPIs. The most common heart defects the study reported were septal defects (holes in the heart). The Food and Drug Administration has yet to issue an official warning on the possible birth defects related to PPI use during pregnancy.
Legal Help for People Hurt by Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI)
Farah & Farah is here and ready to fight for anyone who has suffered adverse effects after using a Proton pump inhibitor (PPI). We’ve spent decades standing up for people hurt by the negligent actions of large corporations like Merck & Co. and AstraZeneca. Contact our proton pump inhibitor injury attorneys today to learn how we can help you secure the settlement you deserve for your injuries. Farah & Farah can be reached at 877-245-6707.