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Aciphex (PPI)

Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2018 at 4:08 am by Williams Hart   

AciPhex (Rabeprazole) Lawsuit Attorneys

Have you or your loved one suffered kidney disease or another debilitating condition after taking AciPhex? The experienced proton pump inhibitor lawsuit attorneys Williams Hart can help. Our firm has been fighting for injury victims for more than three decades. Williams Hart works to make sure drug manufacturers are held accountable.

We have a record of success that includes verdicts and settlements totaling billions of dollars. We provide completely free, no-obligation consultations to discuss your case. There is a significant recent history of successful lawsuits and settlements concerning proton pump inhibitors (PPI) like AciPhex, including:

$7.9 Million – AstraZeneca – 2015 – Kickbacks to Pharmacy Benefit Managers

  • AstraZeneca had to pay $7.9 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from kickback payments AstraZeneca made to Medco Health Solutions to make its PPI the only one covered by the pharmacy benefits management company.

$20 Million – AstraZeneca – 2015 – Deceptive Advertising

  • AstraZeneca had to pay $20 million to settle another lawsuit involving an advertising campaign which exaggerated the differences between Nexium and Prilosec, two of AstraZeneca’s largely similar PPIs.

$24 Million – Teva Pharmaceuticals – 2015 – Paying Off Competition

  • Teva Pharmaceuticals paid $24 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed after Teva accepted payments from AstraZeneca to delay the production of generic forms of a PPI.

$55 Million – Pfizer Inc. – 2012 – Off-Label Advertising

  • Pfizer Inc. had to pay $55 million plus interest to resolve allegations that Wyeth LLC (which Pfizer acquired eight years later) promoted its PPI for off-label use as a treatment of other forms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, or “acid reflux”).

$784.6 Million – Pfizer Inc. – 2016 – False and Fraudulent Prices

  • Wyeth and Pfizer paid $784.6 million to resolve allegations that Wyeth knowingly reported to the government false and fraudulent prices on two of its PPIs.

While many of the settlements against PPI manufacturers concern violations of federal drug regulations, lawsuits involving kidney disease claims are currently moving through courts across the country.

What is AciPhex?

Rabeprazole is a PPI sold under the brand name AciPhex. It is generally used to treat GERD, as well as other conditions such as Zollinger–Ellison syndrome. AciPhex is manufactured by Pfizer Inc.

AciPhex was discovered and developed by Eisai Inc., but it is co-marketed by Eisai and Janssen Pharmceuticals, Inc. According to a Mylan Laboratories Inc. press release, AciPhex tablets had annual sales in the United States of approximately $1.3 billion, as of June 2005. By 2013, IMS Health reported, U.S. sales of AciPhex tablets had decreased to roughly $830.1 million.

Studies have found that PPIs such as AciPhex may cause serious kidney disease, damage, or failure. This has resulted in a number of legal claims being filed against Eisai and Janssen.

If you or your loved one has suffered any kind of kidney disease or damage after using AciPhex, you will want to contact Williams Hart. Call (866) 303-2514 to have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.

You Could Be Owed Compensation

The companies that develop, manufacture, and sell PPIs such as AciPhex must make sure the drugs they are putting on the market are safe. In addition to conducting numerous tests before seeking FDA approval, a drug manufacturer also needs to ensure warnings to consumers cover all potential side effects.

It is the drug manufacturer, not the FDA, that is responsible for the accuracy of warning labels on PPIs. As a result, the manufacturer is legally liable for failure to inform consumers, or for making false or misleading claims.

Chronic Kidney Disease and AciPhex

The side effects most commonly associated with AciPhex include diarrhea, nausea, and headache, but recent research has shown PPIs like AciPhex may cause serious kidney damage as well. Kidneys control blood pressure, produce red blood cells, and remove waste and extra fluid.

In certain cases, victims suffer chronic kidney disease (CKD) and such symptoms as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Sleep problems
  • Cramps
  • Itching
  • Muscle twitches

Multiple factors can increase the risk of a CDK diagnosis. For example, obesity, smoking, diabetes, are age-related factors that could increase a person’s risk, and people with a family history of kidney disease or abnormal kidney structure can be more susceptible to CDK risks.

Pregnant women face additional concerns with CDK, because it can affect the health of both the mother and her unborn child. CDK can lead to numerous complications, including cardiovascular disease and hyperkalemia (increased potassium levels in the blood that can damage heart function).

Additional complications include:

  • Depressed immune response, increasing vulnerability to infection.
  • Weakened bones and increased risk of fractures
  • Fluid retention issues that cause pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs), swelling in the arms and legs, or high blood pressure
  • Anemia
  • Pericarditis, swelling, and irritation of the pericardium, the thin sac-like membrane surrounding the heart
  • Damage to the central nervous system

Irreversible damage such as kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD) can be caused by CKD. ESRD is the advanced stage of CKD, involving the gradual loss of kidney function, and may require a kidney transplant or dialysis.

As soon as someone believes they might be experiencing kidney issues because of AciPhex, they should speak to their doctor to determine the most effective method of treatment. The next person they should contact is a lawyer.

Why Choose Williams Hart?

Williams Hart has been helping injury victims since 1983. Our firm has long maintained a commitment to the protection and defense of the rights of individuals. We are armed with the support staff and resources necessary to take on global drugmakers. Williams Hart will fight to make sure that you receive every single dollar you are entitled to. Our firm can also handle all conversations and negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf. We will pursue a settlement that covers all of your past, present, and future needs, and we will file a lawsuit if a drug manufacturer or its insurer refuses to provide adequate compensation.

Williams Hart understands how debilitating the effects that kidney issues caused by AciPhex can be.  Let us see how we can help you during a free consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve suffered a kidney ailment after using AciPhex or a similar proton-pump inhibitor, you may have questions about the legal implications of your injury. Answers to a few of the most commonly asked ones can be found below.

If the answer to your question is not listed here, call (866) 303-2514 to have our attorneys provide that information during a free consultation.

If AciPhex caused my CKD, who is at fault?

The companies that manufacture PPIs are generally the main defendants in these types of legal actions. AciPhex claims can be complicated, because either Eisai or Janssen—and possibly both—could be liable, depending on the nature of the claim. Many PPI actions are based on a manufacturer’s marketing, failure to warn of side effects, or drugs being dangerous or defective. When AciPhex is prescribed despite a patient showing no symptoms specified by the FDA, a physician could also become liable.

What has the FDA said about AciPhex?

The FDA revised prescription and OTC labels to include new information about increased risk of fractures of the wrist, hip, and spine caused by PPIs in its May 2010 Drug Safety Communication, and AciPhex was among the drugs listed by the agency.

If my doctor had recommended AciPhex for my health, should I continue to use it despite my CKD concerns?

Yes. Never discontinue PPI use without first consulting a medical professional. Even with its revisions, the FDA has still stated that PPIs are “effective in treating a variety of gastrointestinal disorders.”

How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?

You have enough to worry about. Paying an attorney does not have to be another concern. Williams Hart handles AciPhex cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we won’t charge you anything for legal representation unless you obtain a monetary award.

 What types of compensation might I be entitled to?

The compensation a person receives often depends on the nature of their injuries. In many PPI cases, medical bills are usually the most common kind of damages, but additional compensation may include awards for lost wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and treatment costs.

 Contact an AciPhex Lawsuit Attorney Today

If you or your loved one has suffered kidney problems because of AciPhex, it is in your best interest to retain legal counsel. You will want to contact Williams Hart as soon as possible.

Our firm will fight for every dollar you’re owed. Williams Hart has been helping injury victims for more than 35 years, and in that time, we’ve won billions of dollars in settlements and judgments on behalf of our clients. We understand the dramatic toll that kidney injuries caused by PPIs take on victims, and we’re passionate about pursuing justice. You can have our attorneys review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free, no-obligation consultation, when you contact us at (866) 303-2514.


Former US fentanyl-maker employees arrested

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at 5:01 pm by Williams Hart   

Last month, at six former officials of pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics were arrested for allegedly bribing doctors.

According to the court documents, the indicted employees reportedly operated a kickback scheme that motivated doctors to prescribe company’s highly addictive fentanyl product, Subsys. The six ex-employees, including the company’s former CEO, were charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering and wire and mail fraud, and conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute.

Initial reports say that the kickback scheme took place sometime between June 2012 and December 2015. Since then, due to company’s aggressive marketing strategies and alleged bribing kickback scheme, the company successfully captured half of the rapid-acting fentanyl products market.

Fentanyl is an FDA-approved synthetic opioid use to manage pain in cancer patients. It is fast acting and 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

If you or someone you love suffered an addiction caused by a fentanyl spray, we might be able to help you. Our lawyers at Williams Hart are experienced in litigating pharmaceutical cases and can help you throughout the process. Get in touch with us at (713) 352-7071 to learn more about your legal options.


FDA invites opinion on a birth control with serious side effects

Posted on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 3:28 pm by Williams Hart   

Although Essure is the only non-surgical FDA approved permanent birth control method, it is accompanied by a handful of serious risks. One risk is of unintended pregnancy that may result in ectopic pregnancy, an emergency condition when pregnancy occurs outside the uterus. In addition to other reactions like pelvic pain, the FDA recently added perforation of the uterus or Fallopian tubes as a serious and long-term potential side effect.

According to a report by KHOU 11 News on June 24, the FDA plans to hold a hearing about the device, as eight deaths have been reported in association with this birth control method. None of these have yet been proven to have resulted from the birth control, however. The hearing will invite opinions from supporters and critics of the device.

One person who used Essure has since had it removed – after years of back pain, debilitating cramps, heavy bleeding, and weight gain. The surgery cost her $20,000. She has lost 30 pounds since her surgery and her life is looking up now, but she is still suing Bayer.


Hundreds of women in Australia come forward to sue Yasmin and Yaz’s maker

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 10:59 am by Williams Hart   

Over 600 women in Australia showed interest in possibly merging their legal claims to create a class action lawsuit against the multinational drug manufacturer Bayer, claiming they suffered health problems due to using Yasmin and Yaz contraceptives, a report from ABC News stated on Wednesday, January 8. One lawyer expressed optimism that the class action lawsuit claiming the drug manufacturer failed to inform women of the possible health consequences  using the birth control pills will move forward.

Many of the women filing claims against the drug manufacturer have suffered health complications such as strokes and blood clots. In fact, according to research conducted in the United States, it was found that the risk of a woman developing blood clot is heightened when using Yasmin or Yaz birth control pills.

Unfortunately, a lot of unsuspecting women in the United States have been harmed by their use of Yasmin and Yaz birth control pills. At Williams Hart, we fight for women who have been the victims of these medications negligent manufacturer get compensation. Call us at (713) 352-7071 if you want to explore your options for pursuing a lawsuit in this situation.


6 mothers file lawsuits against Zoloft

Posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 1:38 pm by Williams Hart   

At least six mothers recently filed lawsuits in Wayne Circuit Court against drug giant Pfizer Inc. after their babies were born with congenital defects, allegedly caused due to Zoloft use while pregnant.

According to reports, the six plaintiffs were pregnant when they were prescribed  Zoloft by their doctors. In the lawsuits filed by the mothers on October 28, they claim their babies were born with birth defects, like holes in the heart, atrial septal defects, neural tube defects, and craniofacial defects. The lawsuits also claimed that Zoloft is flawed and it should not be on the market as it endangers people’s health.

If your child was harmed by the anti-depressant drug Zoloft while used during pregnancy, it is important to know that the maker of the drug may be held liable for the undue losses you have suffered. Speak with a lawyer from Williams Hart about your options for filing a claim against the company by calling (713) 352-7071.


Common signs of a heart attack

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 3:01 pm by Williams Hart   

Heart attacks can occur suddenly and without much warning for many people. This serious and often fatal health problem can be the result of many different health issues, but is sometimes, sadly, caused by the use of the birth control pills Yasmin and Yaz.

When a person suffers from a heart attack, they may or may not display signs. However, if they do, they might exhibit the following:

  • Recurring pain in the center or left side of their chest that may be mild or severe and may last for several minutes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the arms, shoulders, back, and other parts of the upper body

At Williams Hart, our lawyers help people who have suffered heart attacks and other health issues as a result of Yaz use to pursue legal action against the negligent manufacturer. Find out how we may be able to help you by calling (713) 352-7071 today.


Complications associated with congenital heart defects

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 10:07 am by Williams Hart   

If not detected or treated immediately, congenital heart defects, which are defects in the heart or surrounding blood vessels, may lead to more serious complications. Some of these complications can include:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Problems gaining weight
  • Respiratory issues such as pneumonia and other infections
  • Cyanosis, a condition in which blood with rich and poor oxygen mixed together in their heart affects the color of the skin
  • In rare occasions, children with untreated heart defects may have a stroke if the blood clots block the veins in the heart and brain

The lawyers at Williams Hart work to help the families of children who developed congenital heart defects as a result of the use Zoloft during pregnancy. As this drug has been shown to be unreasonably dangerous, its manufacturer may possibly be held responsible for the losses a family sustains Call (713) 352-7071 today to find out how we may be able to help you.


Yaz and Yasmin caused miscarriages, according to woman in New Orleans

Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 at 11:31 am by Williams Hart   

A New Orleans woman is seeking $10 million in damages, claiming she had suffered miscarriages after ingesting the popular birth control pills Yasmin and Yaz, according to an article published by the Louisiana Record on Tuesday, October 8.

According to the lawsuit filed by Debbie Caine Matthews against drug maker Bayer and Berlex Inc., ingestion of Yasmin and Yaz birth control pills caused her heavy bleeding and miscarriages. Debbie started taking the pills in 2007 and had suffered two miscarriages in 2008 and in 2011, the suit stated.

The plaintiff is claiming that Bayer wrongfully and deliberately did not release the information that Yasmin and Yaz pills have dangerous side effects unlike other birth control pills available. Debbie is seeking to recover medical expenses, loss of income, and other damages that were caused by her suffering from using Yasmin and Yaz.

Unfortunately, Yasmin and Yaz birth control pills have been shown to cause serious health problems for the women who take them. If this is the case for you or to a loved one, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer with the help of the legal team at Williams Hart. Call us today at 800-641-9810 to find out how we may be able to help you.


What to expect after craniosynostosis surgery

Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 1:47 pm by Williams Hart   

Since craniosynostosis surgery is a very critical operation that involves surgery on the infant’s skull, extreme care should be followed to ensure a proper recovery and to prevent any other complications from possibly arising.

After the surgery, the infant will have to stay for a couple of days at the hospital or surgical center where he or she can be monitored closely by doctors. Mild pain and swelling around the eyes is commonly experienced after the surgery for a couple of days. To ensure proper development of the skull, the patient will have to undergo a series of check-ups that may be scheduled every six weeks. Once the patient reaches the age of six, they may need to undergo annual check-up.

The legal team at Williams Hart helps people whose children have developed birth defects, such as craniosynostosis, from Zoloft use while pregnant. To learn more about pursuing compensation from the manufacturer responsible for this dangerous drug, talk with a lawyer by calling (713) 352-7071 today.


Symptoms of cerebral hemorrhaging

Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 4:34 pm by Williams Hart   

A cerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding in the brain tissue that often occurs alongside a hemorrhagic stroke, has a variety of symptoms that depend on the severity, where the bleeding is, and how much tissue is affected.

A person with a cerebral hemorrhage may have a sudden headache that is severe when lying down, changing positions, or by simply moving. The level of consciousness also changes, causing a person to become withdrawn, sleepy, or unconscious. A person who has cerebral bleeding may also experience communication difficulties and motor skill difficulties in which body parts may become weak and difficult to move. Eye problems, like double vision, drooping of eyelids, or even loss of vision, may plague a person as well.

Unfortunately, cerebral hemorrhaging is also linked to the use of the popular birth control pill Yasmin or Yaz. At Williams Hart, our lawyers work to help families who have suffered through this and other repercussions of using Yasmin or Yaz. Call (713) 352-7071 to talk with us today.

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