The FDA has updated warnings about kidney inflammation (nephritis), a serious side effect of the anti-heartburn drug Zegerid. Other studies suggest it could increase the risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
Need a Texas Zegerid Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with kidney problems, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
UPDATE: Heartburn Drugs Increase Risk of Death
July 2017 — A new study in the journal BMJ Open has linked the long-term use of heartburn drugs in the Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) class with up to a 50% increased risk of death compared to H2-blocker heartburn drugs. Click here to read more.
Can Heartburn Medications Kill You?
What is Zegerid?
Zegerid and Nephritis
Zegerid has only been on the market since 2006, but omeprazole has been on the market for decades and it was linked to 17 case reports of nephritis by 2001.
FDA Updates Warning Labels
In December 2014, the FDA updated the label on Zegerid to include warnings about sudden kidney inflammation (acute interstitial nephritis). This side effect is typically caused by an allergic reaction. Nephritis typically occurs a few weeks or months after patients start taking Zegerid, but it can occur at any time.
Zegerid May Triple Risk of Nephritis
Several studies have found evidence that PPIs increase the risk of kidney disease. In April 2015, Canadian researchers published a study that found a 2.5-fold increased risk of acute kidney injury and a 3-fold increased risk of nephritis.
Study Finds Evidence of Chronic Kidney Disease
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University also published a study linking PPIs with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). They found a 46% increased risk of CKD associated with twice-daily use of PPIs.
Complications of Kidney Problems
Because kidney side effects are an uncommon and under-appreciated side effect of PPIs, patients may delay seeking medical attention. This can increase the risk of permanent kidney damage. Long-term complications of kidney disease include heart disease, anemia, weak bones, fluid retention, and more.
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but our lawyers are currently filing individual lawsuits rather than a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of Zegerid. We are evaluating cases involving kidney side effects, such as:
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Kidney failure
- Kidney damage
- Kidney inflammation
- Renal disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
About Class Actions
Class actions are the most common way for large groups of people to seek justice for fraud and discrimination. They are also commonly used to seek refunds for defective products. In a class action, any compensation awarded is divided equally among everyone in the lawsuit.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
The problem with class actions is that they are designed to maximize efficiency rather than compensation for individual plaintiffs with severe injuries. Members may also have to accept “low-ball” settlements or higher attorneys’ fees.
Instead of a class action, our lawyers focus on helping individual plaintiffs seek justice and compensation for their injury, medical expenses, and more. We believe there is no excuse for drug-makers who fail to warn about side effects and sell dangerous medications.
Need a Zegerid Lawyer in Texas?
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