Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuits – Ron Bell Injury Lawyers
Ron Bell Personal Injury Lawyers are currently accepting new cases related to injuries and health complications caused by proton pump inhibitors. If you have developed kidney complications, stroke, or heart attack after the use of proton pump inhibitor drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid or Protonix, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. If your immediate family member died due to complications caused by any of these drugs, you may be able to recover damages on their behalf.
Complications From Proton Pump Inhibitor Drugs
Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are a class of drugs used to alleviate symptoms related to heartburn. PPIs are among the most widely used medications in the U.S. While originally sold only as prescription-medicine, they are currently available over-the-counter. PPI sales amount to around $10 billion a year.
PPIs have been associated with a wide range of side effects, some of which can cause serious injury or even death. Most notably, PPIs have been shown to greatly increase the risk of kidney disease, injury, or failure. In addition, more recent scientific studies have begun to show a link between PPI use and other adverse health effects such as increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
Lawsuits Against Manufacturers
A series of lawsuits have been filed against four manufacturers of the most popular PPI drugs: AstraZeneca, Proctor & Gamble, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer after evidence was found that shows these companies have known for years about the risk of damage and injury associated with their drugs but had failed to disclose it and adequately warn the public. The current number of lawsuits reached has surpassed 4,200. They have been combined into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Jersey. No trials have started yet as many more plaintiffs join the MDL every month.
Prior to these lawsuits, companies manufacturing PPIs had already been targeted with lawsuits claiming other counts of misconduct. For example, a lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals was based on allegations that the company failed to disclose that their PPI medicine Prevacid greatly increased the risk of bone fractures. This case settled for an undisclosed amount. Another lawsuit brought by the U.S. government against Pfizer alleged that the manufacturer had promoted the PPI drug Protonix for unapproved uses. In this lawsuit, Pfizer agreed to settle for $55 million.
Ron Bell Injury Lawyers Can Help
Since no bellwether trials have begun with regard to the most recent MDL, now is the time to have your PPI injury case reviewed by an attorney who can determine whether you qualify to join the MDL. Our New Mexico law firm has helped thousands of clients obtain the financial compensation they deserved for their injuries. Call our toll free number – 866-503-1650 to schedule your free case evaluation today.