Prilosec (Omeprazole) Lawsuit
If you or your loved one have sustained kidney damage after taking Prilosec or another PPI, you will want to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. You can take advantage of a free consultation when you call Williams Hart at (713) 352-7071 right now.
Our firm has secured billions of dollars for clients. We have been representing injured individuals for more than 35 years.
Williams Hart has the experience and resources necessary to take on major corporations such as pharmaceutical companies. Many Prilosec cases have already been filed around the country, and some of the recent settlements have included:
$65 Million – AstraZeneca – 2012 – European Commission
- The European Court of Justice rejected AstraZeneca’s appeal after it was fined €52.5 million ($68 million) for trying to prevent the marketing of generic versions of omeprazole, which was marketed in the United Kingdom as Losec.
$55 Million – Pfizer Inc. – 2012 – Off-Label Advertising
- Pfizer promoted a PPI for off-label use as a treatment of other, non-approved forms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD or “acid reflux”). Doctors can legally prescribe medications for off-label uses, but pharmaceutical companies cannot advertise drugs for unapproved uses. Pfizer was sued and ultimately settled the case for $55 million.
$7.9 Million – AstraZeneca – 2015 – Kickbacks to Pharmacy Benefit Managers
- After AstraZeneca allegedly paid kickbacks to pharmacy benefits management company Medco Health Solutions to make its PPI the only such medication covered, the company was sued by the United States government. AstraZeneca settled the lawsuit for $7.9 million.
$24 Million – Teva Pharmaceuticals – 2015 – Paying Off Competition
- Generic pharmaceutical manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals accepted money from AstraZeneca to delay the production of generic forms of a PPI, leading to the company paying $24 million to settle a class action lawsuit.
$20 Million – AstraZeneca – 2015 – Deceptive Advertising
- AstraZeneca ran an advertising campaign that exaggerated the differences between two of its PPIs, Nexium and Prilosec. AstraZeneca ultimately paid $20 million to settle a lawsuit related to that campaign.
It is important to understand that the awards in a Prilosec case can vary depending on numerous factors. An experienced Prilosec lawyer will be able to determine the actual value of your case.
What is Prilosec?
Omeprazole is sold under multiple brands with Prilosec probably being the most well-known. It is often used in the treatment of GERD, peptic ulcer disease, and Zollinger–Ellison syndrome.
Prilosec is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which reduce stomach acid production. Prilosec is manufactured by multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, although the over-the-counter (OTC) version is marketed by Procter & Gamble Co.
CBS News reported in 2010 that sales for Prilosec OTC peaked at roughly $387 million in 2006. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly $108 million was spent on direct-to-consumer advertising for Prilosec in 2000.
While PPIs such as Prilosec are often used for the treatment of heartburn, PPIs such as Prilosec have been found to increase the risk of serious kidney diseases. Kidneys perform a number of important functions, including the removal of waste and extra fluid from the body, controlling blood pressure, and keeping bones healthy.
Prilosec was the first PPI approved for sale in the United States and was initially “Losec” when launched in 1989. The name was ultimately changed to avoid possible confusion with another medication, and the medication became the first PPI approved for OTC sales when Prilosec OTC sales began in 2003.
Prilosec lawsuits became more common after a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) in April 2016. The study linked extended use of PPIs to a 96 percent increased risk of renal failure and a 28 percent increase in the risk for chronic kidney disease in comparison to other heartburn drugs.
If you or your loved one suffered serious kidney damage after using Prilosec, do not delay in seeking legal representation. Call (713) 352-7071 today to have Williams Hart review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation.
You Could Be Owed Compensation
The Drug Facts label on Prilosec warns consumers that side effects of the drug can include frequent wheezing, nausea or vomiting, and stomach pain. People who have suffered adverse effects not included on the warning label or described by their physicians have filed lawsuits against AstraZeneca.
Victims in these types of cases could be entitled to compensation for the significant costs of medical procedures needed to treat the effects Prilosec may have on a person’s kidneys. First-year billed charges for kidney transplants can exceed $262,000, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
Chronic Kidney Disease and Prilosec
Prilosec is most often used for the treatment of heartburn. It may also be used to alleviate symptoms of GERD such as difficulty swallowing or persistent coughing.
In April 2016, a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) found an association between PPI use and risk of acute interstitial nephritis, a condition characterized by swelling between the kidney tubules. Victims faced an increased risk of incident chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD), which occurs when CKD reaches an advanced stage.
Symptoms of CKD develop over time and may include:
- High blood pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Muscle twitches
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Sleep problems
While people with abnormal kidney structures or family histories of kidney disease can be more susceptible to CKD, certain other factors can also lead to increased risks. Some of these factors include smoking, obesity, diabetes, and old age.
CKD complications may include a decreased immune response that makes an individual more vulnerable to infection or damage to the central nervous system. Some of the other potential complications can include:
- Pericarditis, or swelling and irritation of the pericardium, the thin sac-like membrane surrounding the heart
- Weakened bones and increased risk of fractures
- Cardiovascular disease
- Increased potassium levels in the blood (hyperkalemia), possibly affecting heart function
- Fluid retention, leading to possible swelling in the arms and legs, high blood pressure, or fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema)
CKD can also result in irreversible damage or ESRD. ESRD may require a kidney transplant or possible dialysis.
When a person experiences any of these symptoms after using Prilosec, they should discuss their issues with their physician immediately. If the issues are particularly serious, a person will want to quickly contact an experienced attorney.
Why Choose Williams Hart?
Williams Hart has over three decades of experience helping all kinds of injury victims. Our firm often works with other attorneys and law firms all over the country in the handling of major cases.
We have the support staff and resources necessary to ensure dedicated legal representation. Williams Hart is committed to the protection and defense of the rights of individuals.
Our firm has handled several kinds of PPI cases, and we understand the complexity involved in these types of claims. We will conduct our own independent investigation and work with esteemed experts to help prove a drug manufacturer’s negligence.
Make no mistake, our goal is always to help clients obtain all of the compensation they are entitled to. Our record of success includes several record-breaking verdicts and settlements.
Pharmaceutical companies such as AstraZeneca often deny liability in these types of cases. Williams Hart will work to make sure that a negligent company is held accountable for your injuries relating to your use of Prilosec.
Frequently Asked Questions
When a person is suffering from CKD or other injuries caused by Prilosec, they are bound to have many questions. You can find answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions about Prilosec below.
If the answers you seek are not listed here, contact our firm at (713) 352-7071 to have our lawyers to answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation.
Contact a Prilosec Lawsuit Lawyer Today
Are you or your loved one dealing with severe kidney issues or other injuries as the result of using Prilosec? Make sure you contact the proton pump inhibitor attorneys at Williams Hart as soon as possible.
The companies that produce PPIs make billions of dollars from the sale of these types of drugs, and you could be entitled to damages caused by some of the unexpected effects of PPIs. Many people who took medication proposed for treatment of simple heartburn have had their lives irreparably altered.
Williams Hart will work tirelessly to help you achieve the most favorable possible outcome to your case. Call (713) 352-7071 right now to have our attorneys provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free consultation.