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What are Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) and Why the Lawsuits?

November 20, 2016 Drug Injuries

What are Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) and How Do They Work?

Proton pump inhibitors are a group of long-lasting medications that reduce the production of gastric acid. Patients are prescribed a PPI for the prevention and treatment for the following conditions:

  • Ulcers
  • Heartburn
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Stomach and esophageal duodenal ulcers
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Types of Proton Pump Inhibitor Medications

Patients have quite a few generic, low-cost types of PPIs to choose from, some of which include:

  • Nexium
  • Prilosec
  • Dexilant
  • Prevacid
  • Protonix
  • Aciphex
  • Zegrid

Research has shown that despite the extensive list of different PPIs, there isn’t a single on that works more efficiently than the other. All are proven to be effective in reducing the production of gastric acid.

What are the Problems Associated with Proton Pump Inhibitors?

Patients taking PPIs, such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Dexilant (to name a few) have reported new on-set chronic and acute kidney disease, kidney failure, and acute interstitial nephritis while taking proton pump inhibitors.

PPI Study Shows Increased Risk for Developing Kidney Failure

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released study findings from a 15-yearlong study to examine the association between proton pump inhibitors and the development of chronic kidney disease.

After reviewing some 10,000 medical records belonging to patients taking PPIs, JAMA concluded that as many as 20 to 50% of participants had an increased risk for developing chronic kidney disease. The study also showed that the longer a patient took PPIs, the higher the risk for developing kidney failure.

PPI Lawsuits for Kidney Failure and Kidney-Related Injuries

Patients who developed acute kidney/renal failure, chronic kidney disease, acute interstitial nephritis, and other complications related to kidney problems have filed lawsuits against PPI manufacturers, claiming that they:

  • Used illegal marketing techniques to push a knowingly-harmful product into the market
  • Knowingly failed to notify both the public and the medical community of the dangerous risks and side effects

Contact an Indianapolis Drug Injury Lawyer at WKW

If you’ve been diagnosed with acute kidney failure, chronic kidney/renal disease, or acute interstitial nephritis while taking a proton pump inhibitor, you may be entitled to compensation for your drug injuries. Contact the drug injury attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham for your free case evaluation. Give us a call at 317.920.6400 or fill out an online form today.

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