Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Lawsuit
Proton pump inhibitors (also referred to as PPIs) are a specific class of medications used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastric ulcers, dyspepsia, Barrett’s Esophagus, and more common gastric issues like heartburn. Because of the large numbers of people across the U.S. who suffer from heartburn, GERD, and similar gastric problems, these drugs are prescribed at a very high rate by physicians, in large part due to heavy advertising to the public and pharmaceutical promotion to doctors.
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In fact, reports show that PPIs rank among the highest selling classes of prescription drugs in the United States, with nearly 10 billion dollars in sales. One of the most widely known and commonly prescribed PPI’s, Nexium, generated nearly $6 billion dollars in sales in 2012 alone, according to Consumer Reports and IMS Health. Other widely recognized PPI’s include Prilosec and Prevacid, and all three can often be seen in television commercials for widespread brand recognition among the American public.
While proton pump inhibitors are prescribed by doctors to control stomach acid, recent studies show that they may have serious side effects that can cause harm to patients who are taking them, including an increased risk of chronic kidney disease. For most of us in the U.S., the advice of our doctors comes with an implied sense of safety that, unfortunately, may be jeopardized by the greed and vast resources of the pharmaceutical companies. In fact, drugs like Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec may cause more harm than good when all is said and done. The experienced attorneys of Williams Hart know all too well the lengths that pharmaceutical companies will go to protect themselves and their profits, and we are currently investigating the true harm that PPIs may have on unsuspecting consumers. If you or a loved one has been taking a PPI and has suffered chronic kidney disease, please do not hesitate to call us at (866) 303-2514 today.
How To Know If You’ve Been Taking a PPI: Some common PPI brand names
Proton pump inhibitors are marketed under different names, but they all have similar functions and may have similar side effects. Some of the PPIs that are mass-marketed to American consumers include:
- Nexium (Esomeprazole)
- Prilosec (Omeprazole)
- Prevacid (Lansoprazole)
- Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole)
- Protonix (Pantoprazole)
- Aciphex (Rabeprazole)
These drugs are available by doctor’s prescription or over-the-counter (although there are some FDA warnings about how many courses and how often they should be taken per year OTC), and they may be taken as a liquid or as a pill.
Chronic Kidney Disease and PPIs
Chronic kidney disease (also known as chronic renal failure) is the gradual loss of kidney function due to damage to the kidneys that decreases their ability to extract waste from the blood, balance out the body’s fluids, and create urine for removal of waste from the bloodstream and body. The National Kidney Foundation estimates that nearly 30 million adults in America suffer from chronic kidney disease, and millions of other individuals are at increased risk of developing it, some possibly from taking PPIs sold by major pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Kidney disease is often detected using two simple tests, the first being a urine albumin and serum creatinine test, and the second a test of your blood pressure. A person who is suffering from kidney disease may find themselves sickened by a buildup of wastes in their blood. Additional complications from kidney disease include:
- High blood pressure
- Low blood count (anemia)
- Nerve damage
- Heart disease
- Blood vessel disease
- Weakened bones
While early detection of kidney disease is often key to preventing even more serious side effects, individuals may find that their symptoms worsen over time and may eventually face complete kidney failure. In the event of failure of the kidneys, the afflicted patient may require dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive.
For individuals who are taking PPIs, recent studies have determined that the risk of chronic kidney disease may increase by up to 50 percent—a staggering number. Similar studies have shown that this indeed may be the case, and the amount of time an individual has taken these drugs may directly affect their likelihood of developing serious kidney disease. That’s why the attorneys of Williams Hart are investigating these reports and are actively working to help individuals who are suffering from kidney disease caused by PPIs to take action against the drug manufacturers who knowingly let this happen.
If you believe that you or someone you care about may be suffering from chronic kidney disease caused by Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, or any other PPI, you are not alone. Sometimes, individuals do not know the side effects to watch for when it comes to these kinds of ailments, so we have listed some common symptoms that may indicate kidney disease. These symptoms include:
- Tiredness or lack of energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Dry, itchy skin
- Swollen ankles
- Swollen feet
- Unusual puffiness around the eyes, especially after waking
- Frequent urination, especially at night
If you have taken a PPI and are experiencing these symptoms, it is a good idea to consult a doctor right away, and it is wise to contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options. While drug manufacturers have enriched themselves through mass marketing their products to consumers and physicians alike, you do have the power to hold them accountable. Let us handle your case while you attend to the most important matter at hand: your health.
Why Choose Williams Hart?
Since 1983, the experienced trial attorneys of Williams Hart have fought on behalf of individuals and their families nationwide. We have invested our time and extensive resources to pursue justice for those who have been harmed by large corporations like the major pharmaceutical companies. We know the damage harmful drugs can cause and the devastation that comes along with a serious injury caused by a drug that you thought was safe for consumption. We know the process and the steps it takes to recover what is rightfully yours from “Big Pharma”, and we are ready to help you.
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It should come as no surprise that large corporations that comprise the pharmaceutical industry are not out to help people get better but to turn a profit. That’s why they willingly market drugs to the public as safe to use, for say, heartburn, when they know that it could potentially cause serious and deadly side effects like chronic kidney disease. As consumers, we do not have to allow large companies to profit off of our suffering and we can take legal action to hold them accountable.
When you are considering a PPI lawsuit, it is important to rely on a firm with a track record of success against the major drug manufacturers. Williams Hart has secured record-breaking verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, and we are ready to go to bat for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Studies show that PPIs may increase the likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease, so it is wise to contact an attorney as soon as possible. When you contact an experienced pharmaceutical defect lawyer from Williams Hart, you will never pay for a consultation, so there is no risk to you to talk to an attorney about your health problems. Ultimately it is essential to consult an attorney who understands these types of cases and is ready to give you the help you need.
As we mentioned above, there is no cost to you for a consultation. What’s more, you will not pay us a single cent unless we recover on your behalf. That’s right, we work on a contingent-fee basis, meaning that you will pay zero court costs, attorney’s fees, or any expenses (except medical bills) if we fail to secure a favorable verdict or settlement. We will commit all of our vast resources to your case and will fight for you.
If you suffered due to a PPI drug’s side effects, you might be eligible for compensation including: medical bills and treatment costs, lost wages and future earnings, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering. The team at Williams Hart will not rest until you are given the fair and rightful compensation you are owed for your claim.
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When it comes to your health, it is important not to take chances. That’s why you need to carefully consider who you want on your side when you take on the major pharmaceutical corporations. The choice you make could mean the difference between a paltry settlement and a fair and just amount that will help compensate you for the suffering that you’ve endured. Choose the team that so many others across America have relied on for their drug claims. Choose Williams Hart to fight for you. We are ready to help, so contact us at (866) 303-2514 today.