Legal cases involving Prilosec and kidney failure, kidney disease and other renal complications have begun to mount in U.S. courts. Though it is too early to predict whether any of these claims will result in Prilosec lawsuit settlements, individuals who suffered similar harm while using the proton pump inhibitor should seek legal assistance as soon as possible to ensure their rights are protected.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm that provides representation to the victims of defective drugs and medical devices, is offering free legal reviews to anyone who allegedly experienced kidney side effects related to the use of Prilosec, including:
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Prilosec was the first proton pump inhibitor approved for sale in the U.S. Initially dubbed “Losec” when it was launched in 1989, the drug’s name was later changed avoid confusion with another medication. Prilosec OTC, an over-the-counter version of the prescription drug, was launched in 2003.
In 2014, the FDA ordered the manufacturers of Prilosec and other prescription proton pump inhibitors to add new information to their product labels regarding acute interstitial nephritis, a hypersensitivity reaction that results in an inflammation of the kidney tubules. Untreated, acute interstitial nephritis can progress to chronic kidney disease and kidney failure.
Since the label update, a number of new studies have suggested that long-tem use of drugs like Prilosec might harm the kidneys. In April 2016, for example, a study published 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 another class of heartburn drugs. The previous 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%. Another study published by Canadian researchers in April 2015 tied proton pump inhibitor use by older people to an increased risk of acute kidney injury.
There is no way to predict if the litigation involving this medication will produce any Prilosec lawsuit settlements. The first cases involving proton pump inhibitors and kidney complications were filed in 2016, and it will be two or more years before any of these claims are resolved. While some cases may settle on an individual basis, drug injury litigations sometimes produce global settlements that involve hundreds of lawsuits.
If a Prilosec settlement is reached, participating plaintiffs may be entitled to compensation for:
The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are available now to review potential Prilosec injury claims. To discuss your available legal options and learn more about the potential for Prilosec lawsuit settlements, please contact the Firm today by calling .