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Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuits (Prilosec & Nexium)

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AdobeStock_126826532 (1)As Inserra Kelley Sewell, Injury Attorneys has informed its readership in the past, there are a group of medications frequently used for heartburn and acid reflux that have come under fire for their dangers to your health.  Proton pump inhibitors (PPI), including Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, Dexilant, and Prevacid, have been linked to possible dementia, Alzheimer’s, heart issues, and kidney damage.  These drugs contain Omeprazole that was intended to be a block against the body producing gastric acid.  Six plaintiffs who now have kidney damage as a result of this class of drugs very recently filed a motion for the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a new MDL 2757.  This motion would make it possible for dozens of plaintiffs across the United States to have their lawsuits brought together against the companies that manufacture these dangerous proton pump inhibitors.  These cases are just some of the fifteen actions that have been filed in the federal courts across the United States and they assert the plaintiffs have suffered kidney issues that include  acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), chronic kidney disease (CKD), and renal failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD).   

The manufacturers that are the defendants in the kidney damage lawsuits resulting from PPIs include Takeda Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, and the Procter & Gamble Co.  Given the fact the PPIs are used by the masses for heartburn, it would be wise for patients to discuss the pros versus the terrible cons involved with using these medications.  An alternative to the PPI is a histamine H2 receptor blocker.  One must be cautious with those as well, however, as there has been some smaller linkage of these alternatives to kidney and other problems.  Patients have seen vague symptomatology with the kidney injuries from the PPIs, including things like general fatigue, weakness, and nausea.  Therefore, it is vital that patients be educated on these drugs and consult their medical provider before using them. 

If you or a loved one has been harmed by the use of PPIs or other drugs, do not hesitate to contact the caring professional at Inserra Kelley Sewell for information as to whether you might have a claim to compensation.  This firm is able to answer your questions in regards to the latest Proton Pump Inhibitor lawsuits and MDL information.