Prilosec has been linked to kidney damage and serious complications. There are lawsuits underway against the manufacturers of the drug that accuse them of marketing a dangerous and defective drug because of the significant number of kidney concerns after using Prilosec and Prilosec OTC.
If you used Prilosec, whether prescription or over the counter, and later developed kidney issues, you have rights. A mass torts attorney handling Prilosec kidney damage cases can review your legal options for free.
What Types of Kidney Injuries Are Linked to Prilosec Use?
A review of the reported risks of Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) published in Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology includes:
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Chronic kidney disease
- Renal failure
- Acute kidney injury
The ongoing mass tort against Prilosec and its parent companies as of October 2023 is based primarily on injuries related to renal function. Several studies have noted kidney damage in patients who used PPIs, and there have been questions about possible links for almost 30 years.
In fact, one case study showed renal concerns as a risk of PPI use after a patient developed acute tubular necrosis in 1992.
Other Health Risks Linked to PPI Use
Kidney damage is only one of the possible risks linked to PPI use. Other possibly concerning issues could include:
- Increased risk of bone fractures, especially of the hip, wrist, or spine
- Loss of bone density
- Vitamin B-12 deficiency
- Low magnesium levels
- Myocardial Infarction
- Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea
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What Is Prilosec?
Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication. This class of drugs treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), chronic heartburn, and acid reflux. Prilosec was the first of these drugs to reach the market in the United States, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989. The generic drug is known as omeprazole.
It works by suppressing the body’s production of stomach acid. This suppression makes it less likely that the user will experience heartburn or related symptoms. The drug is owned, manufactured, and marketed by Procter & Gamble in partnership with AstraZeneca.
Prilosec is available by prescription and also in a smaller dose over the counter. The reported risks are the same for both the prescription version and Prilosec OTC. However, the side effects may be more common when people take higher doses of the drug or use it for long-term symptom management.
The FDA altered the warnings on Prilosec to include several risks, including bone fractures and kidney damage.
What do You Need to Know About the Prilosec Kidney Damage Lawsuits?
There is current, ongoing litigation related to PPIs and kidney damage. This mass tort is known as MDL 2789, IN RE: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation (No. II). Prilosec and Prilosec OTC are both included in this multidistrict litigation, which is being overseen by Honorable Judge Claire Cecchi in the U.S. District Court in the District of New Jersey.
According to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, there are nearly 13,000 pending cases in this mass tort as of October 16, 2023. Several thousand claimants have accepted settlement offers. More could be forthcoming. If not, the case will move forward with bellwether trials.
How does Multidistrict Litigation Work?
Multidistrict litigation, also known as MDL, is one of the most common ways U.S. courts deal with mass torts, especially when it comes to defective products. MDLs consolidate dozens (or sometimes thousands) of cases, allowing the plaintiffs to work together for discovery and pretrial motions.
During this process, as monitored by a U.S. District Court Judge, the parties will select several cases to serve as bellwethers. Unless there is a global or tiered settlement before it occurs, these cases will go to trial in the District Court.
This provides an opportunity to see how juries react to the evidence and determine what might happen if an individual case went to trial in its original jurisdiction. Often, the outcome of these trials encourages settlements or leads plaintiffs to drop their cases.
Once the bellwethers conclude, any remaining lawsuits that have not been settled can return to their original jurisdiction to go to trial. Most typically settle before this occurs, assuming the plaintiffs win most or all of the bellwether cases.
What Should You Do If You Believe You Have Kidney Damage Linked to Prilosec?
There are already thousands of lawsuits against manufacturers of PPIs, including Proctor & Gamble and AstraZeneca. If you believe you suffered kidney damage or other serious injuries because of Prilosec or Prilosec OTC, you may file your own and seek justice. Our attorneys are currently accepting these cases.
We provide free consultations. We would love to speak to you about your PPI use, your health history, and how your injuries continue to affect you daily. Contact us and let us learn more about you. We can meet with you over the phone, on a video call, or in person.
We may be able to help you seek and recover fair compensation for your:
- Current and future medical care
- Current and future income losses
- Reduced earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses, such as traveling for treatment or parking at the hospital
- Pain and suffering damages
Thanks to our handling of another heartburn drug mass tort, our team has become known as America’s Zantac Lawyer. We are also discussing Prilosec kidney damage cases with potential clients. We can assess your case for you today. We can explain your options, answer your questions, and help you navigate the process to file your own lawsuit, join a mass tort, or take additional steps.
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Van Law represents victims hurt by dangerous and defective drugs. We understand how to navigate the mass tort process and will fight for justice if we believe a pharmaceutical company caused your injuries. Research into Prilosec linked the medication to kidney damage, and we believe users deserve to be warned about that link.
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