Prilosec Lawyer

Published on August 23, 2016 by Sandy Liebhard

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Prilosec LawyerThe Prilosec lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are investigating injury claims involving this popular heartburn drug and serious kidney complications. The Firm’s investigation was prompted by the publication of studies that strongly suggest the long-term use of proton pump inhibitors may harm the kidneys. Our attorneys are seeking to hear from any Prilosec user who experienced the following:

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Renal or Kidney Failure
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Acute Interstitial Nephritis
  • Need for Dialysis Treatment
  • Need for Kidney Transplant

If you or a loved one suffered a serious kidney injury that could be linked to Prilosec, please call to contact an experienced drug injury lawyer today.

What is Prilosec?

The prescription version of Prilosec was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989, and was the first proton pump inhibitor to come to market. The medication was originally marketed under the name “Losec,” but the name was changed after its similarity to a common antidiuretic medication resulted in one fatality and numerous medication errors.

Like other proton pump inhibitors, Prilosec works by reducing the action of pumps in the stomach that produce gastric acid. It is approved to treat GERD and other disorders associated with the excess production of stomach acid.

In 2000, Prilosec sales peaked at more than $6 billion. Prilosec OTC, an over-the-counter version, was launched in 2003. Sales of that medication hit $400 million in 2013, and it currently ranks among the top five over-the-counter medications.

Prilosec Kidney Side Effects

Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec were used by more than 15 million Americans in 2013. However, recent research suggests that 70% of these prescriptions are inappropriate. The same study found that a quarter of all long-term users could stop taking the medications without an increase or recurrence of their heartburn symptoms.

The overuse of proton pump inhibitors is concerning, as these drugs have been linked to a number of serious side effects, including fractures of the hip, wrist and spine, B12 deficiency, and low magnesium levels. In 2014, the FDA also ordered the manufacturers of prescription proton pump inhibitors to add information about acute interstitial nephritis to their product labels. This sudden inflammation of the kidneys can progress to kidney disease and renal failure if not recognized and treated quickly.

Recent studies have produced even more evidence suggesting that proton pump inhibitors may harm the kidneys:

  • A study published in CMAJ Open in April 2015 suggested that seniors treated with proton pump inhibitors were 2.5 times more likely to experience an acute kidney injury, or the abrupt loss of kidney function.
  • In January 2016, research published in JAMA Internal Medicine reported that using proton pump inhibitors might increase a patient’s risk of chronic kidney disease by as much as 50%.
  • In April 2016, a study that appeared in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggested that proton pump inhibitor users had a 96% increased risk of developing kidney failure compared to patients who used alternative heartburn drugs like Zantac.

How Can a Prilosec Lawyer Help?

Prilosec users who’ve been diagnosed with serious kidney issues may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. However, it’s important to contact a Prilosec lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your legal rights are protected.

The attorneys and legal staff at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have decades of experience assisting the victims of serious drug side effects, and they are ready to put their knowledge and skills to work for those injured by Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors. If you are worried that the cost of retaining legal assistance might be prohibitive, please be aware that our Prilosec attorneys are representing clients on a contingency basis. As such, you will not be required to pay any up-front legal fees. In fact, no payment will be due at all unless we make a financial recovery in your case.  At that time, fees and expenses will be taken from a portion of you settlement or judgment. Further details of this fee arrangement are included in the retainer agreement all of our clients sign.  And of course, the members of our legal team will be more than happy to answer any other questions you might have regarding attorney fees and expenses.

If you would like to discuss your options for filing a Prilosec lawsuit, please call to arrange for your free legal consultation.

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