Earlier this year, a study was released showing that certain heartburn medications – known as proton-pump inhibitors – can cause irreversible damage to those who take the medication. The study was released by a respected medical journal and evaluated a group of about 250,000 patients. The group of medications known as proton-pump inhibitors includes the popular medications Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid.
According to a news report released earlier this year, those who have taken these medications have a 20-50% chance of developing chronic kidney disease. However, there are almost 13 million Americans who are prescribed proton-pump inhibitors. It is estimated that up to 70% of these patients are inappropriately prescribed the medication, and many long-term users could cease using the medication. The study found that those users who took the medication twice a day had a 46% chance of developing kidney-related ailments, while users who took the medication only once a day had only a 15% chance of developing side effects.
The harmful effects of taking proton-pump inhibitors most notably include chronic kidney damage, which can result in the body’s inability to effectively filter blood. This can lead to nephritis, the need for regular dialysis, and even the need for a kidney replacement. In addition, patients may suffer from heart problems, obesity, and high blood pressure.
Moll Law Group Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Injured Client
Drug makers have a duty to ensure that the medication they manufacture is safe for its intended use. Doctors rely on pharmaceutical companies’ representations when they prescribe a medication for a patient’s use. Patients rely on both the doctor’s assessment of their condition as well as the fact that FDA-approved medications are safe to take. When this is not the case, drug manufacturers may be held liable for the injuries their medications have caused.
Earlier this year, Moll Law Group filed the first proton-pump inhibitor lawsuit in the Western District of Tennessee on behalf of a client who suffered serious kidney injuries after taking a proton-pump inhibitor. Recently, a court determined that several proton-pump cases throughout the United States pose the same questions and transferred the cases to the United States Judicial Panel for Multi-District Litigation. Depending on how the Panel answers these common questions, plaintiffs’ cases across the country may move closer to reaching a significant settlement with the drug manufacturers.
Have You Suffered a Kidney Injury After Taking a Proton-Pump Inhibitor?
If you or a loved one has recently discovered that you have suffered serious harm after taking a proton-pump inhibitor, such as Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. It is important to your case that you meet with a dedicated proton-pump inhibitor attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. These cases can be exceedingly complex and should be handled by attorneys who are well-versed in all applicable laws and procedural rules. Call Moll Law Group at 312-462-1700 to set up a free consultation with a dedicated personal injury attorney to discuss your case at no cost to you.
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