Concerns With Proton Pump Inhibitors

Categories: Prescription Drug Lawsuit

Proton Pump Inhibitors - drug lawsuit attorneyNew research suggests that one of the most prescribed medications, proton pump inhibitors, may dramatically increase a person’s risk for kidney failure and kidney disease.  That study was released in April 2016, in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.[1]

The authors of the study reviewed data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs involving 173,321 patients who used PPIs as well as 20,270 patients who took a PPI alternative known as histamine H2 receptor blockers.  Researchers determined that a large percentage of the patients who were taking PPIs had more kidney problems compared to those patients who took the alternative histamine H2 receptor blockers.

Specifically, patients who took the PPIs had a 96% increased risk of developing kidney failure and a 28% increased risk of chronic kidney disease compared to the patients who took the histamine H2 receptor blockers.

Medical professions prescribe proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to help patients who suffer from regular heart burn, ulcers, reflux disease or acid reflux.  PPIs are sold under the names of Prevacid, Priloec, Nexium, Protonix, Aciphex and other names, some of which require a prescription while some are sold over-the-counter.

Earlier studies showed that taking PPIs may be linked to acute interstitial nephritis, a problem that may likely end in kidney failure. A study that JAMA[2] published online in January 2016 also found a link between PPIs and a higher risk of chronic kidney disease, also known as CKD.  The researchers determined that “even a casual relationship between PPI use and CKD could have a considerable public health effect given the widespread extent of use.”  Previous research, including a 2008 study[3] and others have shown that PPIs may be over prescribed.

Contact an Experienced Proton Pump Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease after using proton pump inhibitor medication, it is important to speak to a skilled proton pump injury attorney as soon as possible. The experienced lawyers at McEwen Law Firm – US Drug Lawsuit
 are available to review your case today.  If you have been injured by proton pump inhibitor medication call our office today: Phone: (651) 224-3833 Toll Free: (800)732-3070 Email: gmcewen@mcewenlaw.com or mschmid@mcewenlaw.com.

References:

[1] http://jasn.asnjournals.org/search?fulltext=proton+pump&submit=yes&x=0&y=0
[2] http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2481157
[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2174763/