Proton pump inhibitor lawsuits are beginning to mount in U.S. courts, following the publication of studies linking these popular heartburn medications to potentially life-threatening kidney complications. Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm that represents people who have been injured as a result of serious drug side effects, is now evaluating potential legal claims on behalf of proton pump inhibitor users who experienced any of the following:
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Proton pump inhibitors include the following prescription medications:
Proton pump inhibitors are indicated to treat disorders associated with the excess production of stomach acid, including GERD, heartburn, ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and more. The medications work by reducing the action of pumps in the stomach that produce gastric acid. They are generally indicated for short-term use.
A January 2016 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that as many as 70% of proton pump inhibitor prescriptions are inappropriate, and that a quarter of all long-term users could stop taking the medications without an increase or recurrence of their heartburn symptoms.
According to a growing number of proton pump inhibitor lawsuit filings, recent studies and warnings suggest that these drugs may harm the kidneys, especially when taken for an extended period of time.
Acute Interstitial Nephritis
In late 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that new information regarding acute interstitial nephritis would be added to the labels of all prescription proton pump inhibitors. This condition, which often results from a hypersensitivity reaction to a drug, causes a sudden inflammation of the kidney tubules. Untreated, it may progress to chronic kidney disease and even kidney failure. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fatigue and sudden weight loss.
Acute Kidney Injury
In 2015, a study published in CMAJ Open suggested that older people treated with proton pump inhibitors were more likely to experience an acute kidney injury, or the abrupt loss of kidney function. The authors of the study examined data on 300,000 older people and found that those who started using a proton pump inhibitor had a 2.5 fold increased risk of acute kidney injury, as well as a 3 times higher risk of acute interstitial nephritis when compared to patients who did not use the drugs.
Chronic Kidney Disease
In January 2016, a study 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 reaching their conclusions, the authors of the study analyzed data on more than 10,000 patients who were followed for over 10 years. The findings also indicated that the likelihood of kidney disease increased the longer a patient used proton pump inhibitors.
Chronic kidney disease has the potential to lead to kidney failure, a condition which may necessitate dialysis treatments or kidney transplant surgery.
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. The same study also suggested proton pump inhibitors were associated with a 28% increased risk of chronic kidney disease versus the other medications.
Individuals who were diagnosed with serious kidney complications following treatment with a proton pump inhibitor may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To learn if you qualify to file a proton pump inhibitor lawsuit, please call .