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Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit: Hold Powerful Drug Companies Responsible for Your Hardships

Douglas & London has a history of representing innocent children injured in utero and assisting families in filing a proton pump inhibitor lawsuit.  

A proton pump inhibitor (PPI) is any medication designed to reduce the overproduction of acid in the stomach. PPIs are commonly prescribed for acid-related conditions such as stomach and small intestine ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), inflammation of the esophaguspeptic ulcer disease, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug ¬induced gastropathy and the rare Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

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 (CKD)
  • acute kidney injury (AKI)
  • interstitial nephritis (AIN)
  • end stage renal failure (ESRD)
  • Kidney Removal
  • Stomach Cancer

One growing segment of PPIs users are women, who are more susceptible to acid reflux. Common PPI brands include:

  • Prilosec
  • Nexium
  • Prevacid
  • Aciphex
  • Dexilant
  • Kapidex
  • Vimovo
  • Protonix
  • Zegerid

Sadly, as more doctors prescribe PPIs to help relieve an uncomfortable condition in pregnant women, there are increasing reports of cardiac-related birth defects in the babies of some women using PPIs leading up to or during pregnancy. In fact, studies have pointed to double the risk for birth defects related to taking a PPI both prior to conception as well during the critical first trimester of pregnancy.

PPI-related conditions may include:

  • Atrial septal defects (ASD)
  • Cardiac defects
  • Hole in the heart
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Ventral septal defect (VSD)

If you or a loved one has taken a PPI and has a child born with heart defect, it’s worth exploring your legal rights and potential for compensation. National personal injury lawsuits are underway in a variety birth-defect cases related to PPIs. For more information, call us today.

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