Prilosec Injury Lawsuits
Prilosec is one of the most popular heartburn medications in the United States. Unfortunately, long-term use may cause severe health issues, including acute and chronic kidney damage. Hundreds of Prilosec users have already filed lawsuits against AstraZeneca for failing to warn them about these risks.
Have you developed acute interstitial nephritis or chronic kidney disease while taking Prilosec or Prilosec OTC? You may be entitled to compensation. Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers to learn about the benefits of filing a Prilosec injury lawsuit. Our attorneys are prepared to help you fight for the money you deserve. Call our law firm to schedule a free consultation today.
What is Prilosec?
Prilosec is the brand name for omeprazole, the first proton pump inhibitor to be approved for use by the FDA. Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are typically used to treat:
- Acid reflux
- Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
- GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease), and
- Other health conditions caused by excessive stomach acid.
PPIs work by blocking the release of gastric acid in the stomach. Limiting stomach acid can prevent these health issues from occurring. However, stomach acid plays a critical role in the body. Recent studies have revealed that reducing stomach acid can have devastating consequences for your health.
Prilosec Risks and Complications
Prilosec has been associated with many adverse health events. Complications and risks include:
- Acute and chronic kidney injuries
- Liver damage
- Kidney inflammation
- Dementia and cognitive decline
- C-Diff infections
- Colon infections
- Broken bones
- Heart attack, and
It is important to seek medical attention if you begin to experience any unusual or painful side effects while taking Prilosec.
Studies Show Prilosec May Cause Kidney Disease and Failure
Researchers once believed that Prilosec, along with other proton pump inhibitors, was perfectly safe. However, studies have revealed that taking Prilosec and other PPIs can increase the risk of kidney damage by 33 percent to 50 percent. Experts believe that there is a “significant association between the use of PPIs and increased risk of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure.”
Kidney injuries that have been linked to Prilosec include:
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Acute Kidney Injury
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- End-Stage Renal Disease, and
- Kidney Failure.
Millions of Americans take Prilosec and other PPIs every year. Since PPIs are available by prescription and over-the-counter, they are among the “most commonly ingested medications worldwide.” Most Prilosec users aren’t aware of the risks associated with long-term use. This is because AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical company responsible for manufacturing Prilosec, has failed to disclose those risks.
AstraZeneca Sued For Failing to Warn About Risks of Using Prilosec
Pharmaceutical companies have to make sure that the drugs and products they sell are safe. If a company knows that its product may be unsafe or increase the risk of certain health issues, that information must be disclosed.
You have the right to weigh the risks and benefits before deciding to take a drug. Knowing the risks can help you to make an informed decision and, if necessary, choose an alternative way to treat your health condition. Other heartburn medications, including H2 blockers, are not associated with the same risks as PPIs.
Thousands of Prilosec users have sued AstraZeneca for designing a defective product and failing to warn about the dangers associated with the drug. The lawsuits claim, among other things, that:
- Prilosec is defective
- Prilosec is unreasonably dangerous
- AstraZeneca was negligent in the design, manufacture, and marketing of Prilosec
- AstraZeneca concealed information about the risks and dangers associated with Prilosec, and
- AstraZeneca misled the FDA and consumers about the safety of Prilosec.
Have you developed kidney disease or other health issues while taking Prilosec or Prilosec OTC? You may have the right to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. Contact our PPI injury attorneys to learn about your legal options today.
Prilosec Lawsuits Consolidated in a New Jersey Federal Court
Injured Prilosec users have filed lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country. Many of these lawsuits involve similar claims and arguments. When a substantial number of similar lawsuit exist, they can be consolidated into what is known as Multidistrict Litigation, or MDLs.
An MDL has been created in the United States District Court for the District Court of New Jersey to handle thousands of proton pump inhibitor lawsuits. The plaintiffs in these lawsuits claim that taking Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, and other PPIs has caused them to suffer severe kidney injuries. Each plaintiff will have the opportunity to have his or her individual case litigated before a federal judge. The first trials in the MDL are scheduled to begin in May 2020.
Can I File a Prilosec Injury Lawsuit?
You suffered from a health condition caused by excessive stomach acid. Maybe you saw advertisements for Prilosec on TV or in magazines. Perhaps your doctor even recommended that you take a PPI to treat your condition. You were told that Prilosec was safe and decided that it was the best choice for you. Shortly after you began to take it your heartburn disappeared.
What you didn’t know, however, was that Prilosec was doing a lot more harm than good. Now you’re forced to endure a painful and potentially life-threatening kidney injury. You may not have decided to take Prilosec had you known the possible risks. However, AstraZeneca didn’t disclose these risks.
You may want to consider filing a lawsuit against the drug company to recover compensation for your Prilosec injuries. Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers if you have:
- Used Prilosec to treat a condition caused by excessive stomach acid, and
- Developed kidney injuries or other health issues since you first began taking the medication.
You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of a Prilosec injury on your own. AstraZeneca should be held fully accountable failing to warn you about the risks. At Rosen Injury Lawyers, our legal team can pursue compensation on your behalf. Call our office today for your free, no-obligation case assessment to learn more.