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Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Lawsuits

Updated April 29, 2019 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) 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), and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

However, some patients have suffered from kidney complications after using PPIs and are pursuing drug injury cases against the manufacturers.

Types of PPI 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 one that works more efficiently than the other. All are proven to be effective in reducing the production of gastric acid.

Problems Associated with PPIs

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.

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 PPIs 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 percent 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.

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 a Drug Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with acute kidney failure, chronic kidney/renal disease, or acute interstitial nephritis while taking a proton pump inhibitor, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Drug Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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