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 PPIs 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 with PPIs and interstitial nephritis, diagnosed by kidney biopsy. However, no general warning regarding chronic kidney disease was ever added. Two recently published studies confirm a significant increased risk to patients taking PPIs of developing both acute and 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 Neph ritis, Dialysis Treatment, Kidney Removal Transplant Surgery or related Death, while taking Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid or other proton pump inhibitor drugs, please call us toll-free immediately at (844) 794-7402.