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Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 4:28 am    

DEXILANT (Dexlansoprazole) Lawsuit

If you or your loved one is suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD), renal failure, or an acute kidney injury caused by DEXILANT, it is in your best interest to obtain legal representation. Williams Hart helps people with proton pump inhibitor (PPI) claims.

Our firm has been fighting for injury victims for more than 35 years. We understand the complexity of DEXILANT claims and work to make sure that drug manufacturers are held accountable for their negligence.

At Williams Hart, our record of success includes numerous verdicts and settlements totaling billions of dollars. Many DEXILANT actions have already been filed in courts all over the nation, and some of the recent decisions include:

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

  • AstraZeneca settled a lawsuit brought by the United States Government for $7.9 million, alleging that it had paid kickbacks to Medco Health Solutions to ensure that its PPI was the only one covered by the pharmacy benefits management company.

$20 Million – AstraZeneca – 2015 – Deceptive Advertising

  • AstraZeneca also had to pay $20 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from an advertising campaign it ran that exaggerated the differences between two of its largely identical PPIs, Nexium and Prilosec.

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

  • Generic pharmaceutical manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals had to pay $24 million to settle a class-action lawsuit stemming from an allegation that it accepted money from AstraZeneca to delay the production of generic forms of a PPI.

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

  • After promoting a PPI for off-label use as a treatment for other types of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD or “acid reflux”), Pfizer was sued and had to pay $55 million to settle the case. Physicians can legally prescribe medications for off-label uses, but pharmaceutical companies cannot advertise drugs for purposes they have not been approved for.

While these settlements provide an idea of the large sums of money that can be involved in legal decisions, it is important to remember that the monetary amount of a settlement depends on the unique aspects of an individual’s case.

What is DEXILANT?

Dexlansoprazole is better known by its trade name DEXILANT, which is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. DEXILANT is generally used for the treatment of GERD and erosive esophagitis, or inflammation of the esophagus.

Dexlansoprazole was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009 and was originally marketed under the name Kapidex. That name, however, led to dispensing errors because of confusion with two other similarly named drugs with very different uses, leading to Takeda changing the name to DEXILANT.

According to Takeda, DEXILANT generated $457 million in sales in the fiscal year 2016. Sales totaled $530 million in 2015 and $488 million in 2014.

Some studies have linked PPIs such as DEXILANT to serious side effects like kidney disease and kidney failure. These debilitating injuries have led victims to file lawsuits against Takeda over DEXILANT.

Have you or your loved one suffered kidney damage or another ailment after using DEXILANT? Call (866) 303-2514 to have the lawyers of Williams Hart provide an honest and complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.

You Could Be Owed Compensation

Drug manufacturers have an obligation to conduct the necessary tests before submitting medications for approval by the FDA. Additionally, the manufacturer is expected to inform consumers of all the potential side effects of using their drugs.

When a drug manufacturer fails to fulfill these obligations, a person may file a product liability claim against the manufacturer, when the use of the drug has resulted in severe injuries. It is ultimately the drug manufacturer, not the FDA, that is responsible for ensuring the warning labels on medicines are accurate, and a manufacturer can be held liable for putting a dangerous drug on the market.

Chronic Kidney Disease and DEXILANT

In recent years, a growing body of research has shown that many PPIs can have very damaging effects on a person’s kidneys. Because kidneys help keep bones healthy, remove wastes and extra fluid, and make red blood cells, in addition to other functions, the health of these organs is vitally important.

PPIs can result in possible chronic kidney disease (CKD), which can lead to such symptoms as:

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

Certain individuals may be predisposed to CDK risks, such as those with abnormal kidney structure or with a family history of kidney disease. Other factors may also increase a person’s risk of CKD, such as smoking, old age, diabetes, and obesity.

Another group at heightened risk are pregnant women because CDK affects the health of the mother as well as that of the unborn child. CDK can involve numerous complications, including possible cardiovascular disease or anemia.

Additional complications may include:

  • Hyperkalemia (increased potassium levels in the blood that could affect heart function)
  • Fluid-retention issues leading to 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
  • Decreased immune response, increasing vulnerability to infection
  • Weakened bones and increased risk of fractures

CKD can cause irreversible damage such as kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). In such cases, victims may require dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Anybody who suffers kidney problems after using DEXILANT should discuss these issues with their doctor. The next step should be to contact a lawyer for help filing a legal claim.

Why Choose Williams Hart?

When you work with Williams Hart, you will be represented by attorneys who have been fighting on behalf of injury victims for more than three decades. Our firm is committed to the protection and defense of our clients’ rights.

We have experience handling many types of personal injury cases, including the product liability claims that are at the heart of many PPI cases. Williams Hart not only has the support staff and resources necessary to handle such cases, but we also maintain relationships with some of the most reputable experts for investigatory and testimonial purposes.

As soon as you hire our firm, we will handle all communications on your behalf. We can negotiate a full and fair settlement, or we can file a lawsuit if necessary.

Williams Hart understands the dramatic effects that DEXILANT complications can have, and we are ready to do whatever we can to help restore normalcy to your life. Contact our firm to tell us your story during a free consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Certain questions are commonly asked in DEXILANT injury cases. Below, you can find answers to a few of the most common.

If you have other questions about a unique aspect to your case, do not hesitate to contact Williams Hart at (866) 303-2514.

If DEXILANT caused my CKD, who is at fault?

In a product liability action, the drug manufacturer is often the primary defendant. Legal claims may be based on Takeda’s marketing for DEXILANT, failure to warn of the drug’s risks, or knowingly hiding dangers of the drug from the public. Some claims may simply argue DEXILANT is a dangerous or defective medication. Doctors could also be liable when a patient was prescribed DEXILANT without displaying the symptoms specified by the FDA.

What has the FDA said about DEXILANT?

DEXILANT was among the PPIs listed by the FDA in a May 2010 in which the agency revised prescription and OTC labels to include new information regarding the increased risk of fractures of the wrist, hip, and spine caused by the use of these medications.

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

Yes. Always consult your doctor before you switch medications or stop taking DEXILANT. The FDA has stated that PPIs remain “effective in treating a variety of gastrointestinal disorders.”

How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?

You may be facing a growing number of financial concerns stemming from your injury, but Williams Hart does not believe legal representation should be one of them. In addition to a free consultation, we also handle DEXILANT cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you receive a monetary award.

What types of compensation might I be entitled to?

Any damages you receive are usually based on the specific aspects of your case. Medical expenses are a frequent inclusion in most cases, but pain and suffering, treatment costs, lost wages, and emotional distress may also be factored into an award.

Contact a DEXILANT Lawsuit Attorney Today

Are you or your loved one currently suffering any kidney injury related to DEXILANT? If so, please contact Williams Hart as soon as possible.

Our firm can fight to help you receive due compensation that covers all of your past, present, and future needs. We are passionate about holding drugmakers accountable for the people they’ve harmed with their dangerous medications.

Williams Hart has been helping injury victims since 1983. You can have our lawyers review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (866) 303-2514 for a free consultation.


Prevacid (Lansoprazole) Lawsuit

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 4:21 am    

Prevacid (Lansoprazole) Lawsuit

Are you or a loved one dealing with kidney disease or another serious medical condition as the result of using Prevacid? If so, the experienced Prevacid lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart are here to help you and your family get justice.

Our firm has been fighting for injury victims for more than three decades. We understand the challenges involved in pursuing proton pump inhibitor (PPI) claims such as those involving Prevacid.

Williams Hart has achieved multiple verdicts and settlements involving billions of dollars. Prevacid actions are already moving through courts throughout the nation, with some of the recent decisions including:

Undisclosed – Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. – 2014 – Bone Fracture

  • Takeda reached a Prevacid settlement in a bone fracture lawsuit, but the terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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

  • Pfizer was sued for promoting a PPI for off-label use as a treatment of other forms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD or “acid reflux”). While doctors are allowed to prescribe medications for off-label uses legally, pharmaceutical companies are prohibited from advertising drugs for purposes they have not been approved for. Pfizer agreed to settle the case for $55 million.

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

  • When generic pharmaceutical manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals accepted money from AstraZeneca to delay the production of generic forms of a PPI, the company had to pay $24 million to settle a class action lawsuit.

$20 Million – AstraZeneca – 2015 – Deceptive Advertising

  • AstraZeneca manufactured both Nexium and Prilosec, two mostly identical PPIs. After the company engaged in an advertising campaign that exaggerated the differences between the two drugs, AstraZeneca paid $20 million to settle a lawsuit over the campaign.

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

  • The United States government sued AstraZeneca for allegedly paying kickbacks to Medco Health Solutions, a pharmacy benefits management company, to make its PPI the only such medication covered. AstraZeneca paid $7.9 million to settle the lawsuit.

Keep in mind that the size of settlements and verdicts usually differs depending on specific circumstances involved in each case. In general, people who have lawyers typically end up receiving more than those who do not.

What is Prevacid?

Prevacid is the brand name for lansoprazole, a medication that reduces stomach acid production. These drugs are known as PPIs. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America patented lansoprazole in 1984 and launched it in 1991. Prevacid is most commonly used in the treatment of stomach ulcers, GERD, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. According to Takeda, Prevacid generated $179 million in sales in the fiscal year 2016. Sales totaled $222 million in 2015 and $254 million in 2014.

Multiple studies have found that Prevacid can cause serious side effects such as kidney disease or failure. As a result of these kinds of problems, many people have filed lawsuits against Prevacid. If you or your loved one has suffered kidney damage or another injury after taking Prevacid or another PPI, you will want to retain legal counsel quickly. You can have the attorneys at Williams Hart review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (888) 220-0640 to take advantage of a free consultation.

You Could Be Owed Compensation

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that the most commonly reported adverse reactions of Prevacid use are diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and constipation. The FDA reported that kidney pain was a less frequent adverse reaction occurring in less than 1 percent of patients.

If a person suffers an adverse reaction to a PPI that the drug label did not warn them about, that individual could be entitled to compensation. Williams Hart can help you determine whether you are eligible to file a claim and help you hold the drug manufacturer accountable.

Chronic Kidney Disease and Prevacid

As a PPI, Prevacid has been linked to severe kidney issues. Kidney function is vital because the organs make red blood cells, help keep bones healthy, and remove wastes and extra fluid. If a person develops chronic kidney disease (CKD), symptoms may include:

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

CKD can be especially dangerous for pregnant women because it affects not only the health of the mother but also that of the unborn child. People with family histories of kidney disease or abnormal kidney structure may be particularly susceptible to CKD.

Additional factors that could increase an individual’s risk of CKD include obesity, old age, smoking, and diabetes. Keep in mind that CKD will usually affect every part of a person’s body.

CKD complications can also involve hyperkalemia or increased potassium levels in the blood that could heart function. Pulmonary edema, or fluid in the lungs, can also be the result of fluid retention issues that cause swelling in the arms and legs or high blood pressure.

Some of the other possible complications may include:

  • Pericarditis, swelling, and irritation of the pericardium, the thin sac-like membrane surrounding the heart
  • Damage to the central nervous system
  • Decreased immune response increasing vulnerability to infection
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Weakened bones and increased risk of fractures
  • Anemia

CKD may also result in irreversible damage or ESRD, which can lead to dialysis or a kidney transplant. People who experience any kidney complains from Prevacid use should certainly discuss the issues with their physicians and then quickly contact a skilled attorney.

Why Choose Williams Hart?

Williams Hart is committed to the protection and defense of the rights of individuals. Our firm has been helping injury victims since 1983. We have the support staff, resources, and experience necessary to fight major companies, including global pharmaceutical companies. Williams Hart regularly handles PPI claims such as those involving Prevacid.

Our firm will work tirelessly to help you obtain all of the compensation you are entitled to. If we are not able to negotiate an adequate settlement, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit.

Williams Hart understands that people injured by PPIs often face profound changes to their physical conditions that can create a multitude of personal problems. We will work with you to find solutions.

Our firm has secured numerous record-breaking verdicts and settlements for our clients. If you believe that you might have a Prevacid claim, contact Williams Hart right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anybody who is dealing with kidney damage caused by Prevacid is likely going to have more than a few questions. You can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Prevacid below. You can also contact our firm at (888) 220-0640 to have any additional questions you might have answered during a free consultation.

If Prevacid caused my CKD, who is at fault?

The drug manufacturer is usually the liable party in most PPI cases. In some cases, a PPI may have been improperly or illegally marketed. In other cases, the manufacturer may have failed to warn of a drug’s risks accurately, knowingly hid the dangers of a drug from the public, or simply produced a dangerous or defective medication. It could also be possible that a person’s doctor is liable if the individual was prescribed Prevacid even though they did not display any of the symptoms specified by the FDA.

What has the FDA said about Prevacid?

In a May 2010 Drug Safety Communication, Prevacid was among the PPIs listed by the FDA for which the agency was revising prescription and OTC labels to include new information about increased risk of fractures of the wrist, hip, and spine caused by the use of these medications.

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

Yes. Never switch or stop taking a PPI without consulting your doctor first. Despite its revised warnings, the FDA maintains that PPIs are “effective in treating a variety of gastrointestinal disorders.”

How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?

Many people dealing with severe kidney issues are already dealing with financial stress. The good news is that Williams Hart not only provides a free consultation to discuss your case, but we also represent clients on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you will not be charged anything unless you receive a financial award.

What types of compensation might I be entitled to?

The damages a person is awarded in a PPI action are usually dependent on the types of harm they have suffered. Medical bills are typically included in most awards, but other kinds of compensation may consist of treatment costs, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.

Contact a Prevacid Lawsuit Attorney Today

If you or your loved one are dealing with any serious kidney problems because of the use of Prevacid, it will be in your best interest to make sure you have legal representation. Contact Williams Hart today. Our firm will aggressively pursue a settlement or verdict that covers all of your past, present, and future needs. We believe that drugmakers must take care of the people who are harmed by dangerous medications.

Williams Hart has been helping injury victims for more than 35 years. Call (888) 220-0640 right now to have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.

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