Proton pump inhibitors are the most widely used drugs in America, raking in over $13 billion in sales for drug manufacturers in 2015 alone. However, evidence indicates that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) cause extensive kidney problems such as renal failure.
If you or a loved one has experienced kidney problems after taking common PPI mediation such as Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid, talk to proton pump inhibitor lawsuit attorneys in Mississippi. Injured victims may be entitled to legal compensation for their injuries as a result of taking these medications.
What Are Proton Pump Inhibitors?
PPIs are typically used as orally ingested medications used to reduce and alleviate the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux disease. The drugs work by blocking and preventing a buildup of stomach acid. A side effect of doing so is that these drugs limit the body’s absorption of essential minerals, and in turn, the lack of these minerals can lead to a number of serious side effects, injuries and ailments.
Common examples of PPI products include:
PPI medications can be obtained via prescription or over the counter, which only increases the audience exposed to the dangers of PPIs.
Known Risks and Dangers of Proton Pump Inhibitors
A new and prominent study indicates that taking PPIs may dramatically increase one’s risk of both kidney failure and kidney disease. While these recent studies are placing renewed attention on the issue, medical literature revealing the link between PPIs and kidney issues date back to the 1990s.
Despite this, the first warning labels about the kidney risks and dangers inherent to PPI use did not appear until 2014. Even so, the warning that appeared in 2014 was limited to acute interstitial nephritis. The risks of PPI use are far greater than that.
The latest study concludes that PPI users have a 96% increased risk of developing end stage renal failure as well as a 28% risk increase of developing chronic renal failure when compared to those taking alternative reflux medications.
Based on the medical research and data, if you used PPI and suffered from any of the following, you may have a viable legal claim:
- Acute Interstitial Nephritis
- Acute Kidney Disease/Failure
- Chronic Kidney Disease/Failure
- Kidney Transplant
- Kidney Dialysis
Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuits
PPI lawsuits are already being investigated against AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of Nexium and Prilosec. If you have taken a PPI and are contemplating a lawsuit, there is an important distinction to note regarding prescription vs. over-the-counter (OTC) PPIs. The Supreme Court has held that, for prescription PPIs, it must be shown that the user ingested a brand product. If the PPI was taken OTC, then there is no such limitation.
Past pharmaceutical cases involving kidney injury also highlight the challenges of establishing individual causation in certain cases. At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, we understand this reality, and that is why we have developed a list of screening questions to help our Mississippi clients determine whether causation can be proved.
If you believe your kidney injuries were caused as a result of taking a PPI, our proton pump inhibitor lawsuit attorneys in Jackson, MS are ready to help. Contact our team or call (601) 300-3333 to speak with one of our proton pump inhibitor lawsuit attorneys to determine whether you have a valid Mississippi PPI case.