PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS
Proton pump inhibitor (PPIs) medications are commonly prescribed to individuals with heartburn, indigestion, gastritis and acid reflux disease. They include Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid.
These drugs work by blocking acid buildup in the stomach. However, they also inhibit the absorption of vital minerals, which may lead to serious side effects including chronic kidney disease, heart attack, bone fractures and more. The manufacturers of PPIs have had knowledge for nearly a decade that these drugs can cause these side effects.
In December of 2014, the manufacturers changed their packaging and labels warning of an association with PPIs and interstitial nephritis, diagnosed by kidney biopsy. This packaging and label change, however, did not include a general warning regarding both acute and chronic kidney disease even though two recently published studies confirmed a significant increases risk to patients taking PPIs.
If you or a loved one developed kidney disease, nephritis, renal failure or other kidney damage after taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) heartburn medication, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation.