Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2018 at 4:08 am
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
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Sleep problems
- 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
- 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.