A Prevacid lawsuit been filed in New York federal court on behalf of a man who allegedly suffered acute kidney injury due to his use of proton pump inhibitors. In addition to Prevacid, the complaint claims that Nexium also contributed to the man’s renal complications.
Prevacid, Nexium and other prescription proton pump inhibitors were used to treat more than 15 million people in 2013. However, it is estimated that 25% to 70% of those prescriptions may have been inappropriate, and that 25% of those who use the drugs long-term could discontinue treatment without developing any symptoms.
According to the June 13th filing in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, the plaintiff began taking Prevacid and Nexium in 2006 to treat several gastric ailments, including GERD, peptic ulcer disease, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug induced gastropathy. He continued to use the drugs until April 2016. The plaintiff is alleged to have suffered acute kidney injury as a result of the medications, which required hospitalization and left him with severe and permanent injuries that will require life-long medical care and monitoring. (Case No. 1:16-cv-02934-ARR-CLP)
The complaint asserts that since Nexium was approved in the U.S., hundreds of reports of injury have been submitted to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in association with the use of proton pump inhibitors, including cases of Nexium-related kidney disease that date back to 2004. Yet no action was taken to inform doctors or patients of these risks, and the defendants continued to represent that proton pump inhibitors did not pose any danger to the kidneys.
The complaint also cites a number of studies that link long-term use of proton pump inhibitors to serious kidney complications, including research published in 2015 indicating that acute kidney injuries increased 250% in elderly patients who were newly prescribed the medications. Finally, the lawsuit asserts that kidney risks are specific to proton pump inhibitors, and that equally-effective alternative therapies exist that do not pose the same danger.
Patients who where diagnosed with acute kidney injury or other renal complications following treatment with Prevacid, Nexium or another proton pump inhibitor may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about filing a Prevacid lawsuit, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (888) 994-8177.