You may be eligible to participate in future PrevAcid lawsuit settlements if you or a loved one developed serious kidney complications, including chronic kidney disease or renal failure, while using this proton pump inhibitor medication. While there is no guarantee that any particular lawsuit will end in a way that favors plaintiffs, litigations involving drug injuries often result in large settlements that encompass hundreds of cases.
Individuals who allegedly experienced PrevAcid-related kidney side effects should obtain legal advice today in order to ensure that their rights are protected. If you would like to learn more about filing a PrevAcid lawsuit, please contact the nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP by calling .
The litigation involving PrevAcid and other proton pump inhibitors began to grow in 2016, following the publication of several studies that suggested the popular heartburn medications could harm the kidneys. Plaintiffs who filed these lawsuits accuse the drugs’ manufacturers of concealing data linking the drugs to serious renal side effects and of failing to warn doctors and patients about these risks.
In 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the manufacturers of PrevAcid and other prescription proton pump inhibitors to add mention of acute interstitial nephritis to their product labels. This condition, which is usually the result of an allergic reaction to a drug, causes a sudden inflammation of the kidney tubules. If not recognized and treated, acute interstitial nephritis can result in kidney disease and renal failure.
In April 2015, a study authored by Canadian researches tied proton pump inhibitor use by older people to an increased risk of acute kidney injury. The following January, research that appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine also found that the medications might increase the risk of chronic kidney disease by as much as 50%. In April 2016, a paper appearing in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology linked extended use of proton pump inhibitors to a 96% increased risk of renal failure and a 28% increase in the risk for chronic kidney disease when compared to another class of heartburn drugs.
If the legal cases prompted by these findings result in any PrevAcid lawsuit settlements, plaintiffs may be entitled to compensation for:
The first proton pump inhibitor cases involving kidney complications were only filed in 2016, so it could be at least two years before PrevAcid lawsuit settlements, if any, are announced. However, it’s not too early to seek legal advice if you or a loved one suffered renal side effects that could be linked to this or another proton pump inhibitor. Bernstein Liebhard LLP offers free case reviews to prospective PrevAcid plaintiffs. To learn more, please contact our office by calling .