Heartburn Drugs Linked to Kidney Disease

Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid have been found to increase the risk of developing kidney disease.

Nexium®, Prilosec®, and Prevacid®, the leading sellers among drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s), have been found to increase the risk of developing kidney disease. These popular drugs are taken for the treatment of heartburn, indigestion, gastritis and acid reflux with total sales exceeding thirteen billion dollars annually. 

AWKO Senior Partner Neil Overholtz recently appear on the national program, The Ring of Fire, to discuss the injuries related to proton pump inhibitors.

Heartburn Drugs on Notice for Kidney Disease and Injury

For nearly a decade, manufacturers of PPI’s have been on notice that these drugs can cause kidney disease and injury, including acute interstitial nephritis. Finally, in December of 2014, manufacturers changed their package inserts and labels to warn of an association between PPI’s and interstitial nephritis,diagnosed by kidney biopsy. However, to this day, the PPI products’ labels still fail to provide consumers with a general warning regarding the serious risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Two recently published studies confirm that PPI users have a significantly increased risk of developing either acute and/or chronic kidney disease. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, Acute Kidney Injury, Renal or Kidney Failure, Acute Interstitial Nephritis, Dialysis Treatment, Kidney Removal Transplant Surgery or related Death, while taking Nexium®, Prilosec®, Prevacid® or other proton pump inhibitor drugs, please call us immediately.

The Prevalence of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Proton pump inhibitors are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs because of the prevalence of heartburn in the United States. It is estimated that there are millions of people throughout the country currently taking Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec. Nexium is in fact one of the best selling drugs in the world, with revenues exceeding $4.4 Billion in 2014. For people suffering from chronic heartburn, proton pump inhibitors like Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid, represent one of the only means through which to experience relief from the bothersome heartburn effects.

Proton Pump Inhibitor Liabilities

Drug manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the safety and efficacy of their products before marketing them for public consumption. Failure to do so is considered negligent and grounds for pharmaceutical litigation. The Pensacola personal injury attorneys of Aylstock, Witkin Kreis & Overholtz handle national litigation across the United States for victims injured by defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices. They have successfully represented and obtained substantial compensation for a number of patients who have been harmed by drugs. Contact AWKO law today at (844) 794-7402 to get more information about your rights as a Proton Pump Inhibitor injury victim.

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