First introduced to U.S. consumers in the early 1990’s, proton pump inhibitors (PPI) have become the one of the most popular drug families when considering total annual sales in the U.S.
These drugs are used to combat the symptoms of acid reflux disease – also known as heartburn. Of these drugs, Prilosec (Omeprazole) has become one of the most popular.
Prilosec was originally brought to the U.S. market as a prescription drug but transitioned to the over-the-counter (OTC) market once it’s patent expired in the early 2000’s.
Widely popular with a high efficacy rate, Prilosec and all PPI drugs are not without their pitfalls. In being a widely popular drug type, PPI’s became the focus of dozens of medical studies in the past decade that sought to uncover the full side effect range of PPI use.
These studies have uncovered a multitude of previously undisclosed PPI side effects, including most notably kidney complications and dementia.
However, the full range of newly discovered PPI and Prilosec side effects includes:
|Allergic Reactions||Chest Pain|
|Dark Urine||Fast Heartbeat|
|Persistent Sore Throat||Severe Stomach Pain|
|Unusual Bruising/Bleeding||Yellowing of Eyes/Skin|
Are Prilosec Kidney Complications Class Action Lawsuits Active?
As of August 2016, no Prilosec kidney complication class action lawsuits are active and there are no indications that one may become imminently active.
However, there have been class action lawsuits regarding drug manufacturer AstraZeneca’s handling of Prilosec and it’s successor, Nexium.
In facing a class action suit alleging that they had practiced deceptive marketing tactics by claiming that Nexium – the more expensive drug – was vastly superior to Prilosec, AstraZeneca chose to settle without admitting guilt for a reported $20 million.
The pharmaceutical giant chose to settle the deceptive marketing claims once medical tests and studies were able to conclude that regarding composition and efficacy, that there was no significant difference between Prilosec and Nexium. In fact, most studies have now concluded that the two drugs are nearly identical, as their only active ingredients are present in both.
Later, AstraZeneca was forced to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice in response to allegations that the company had offered Teva Pharmaceuticals illegal kickbacks in return for the delayed-release of a Nexium generic drug.
While the lawsuit filed was not a class action, it brought attention to AstraZeneca and their drugs in a manner that has opened the door for thousands of victims to pursue lawsuits against them.
Being aware of Nexium class action lawsuits and the status of other legal actions is vital to the health of a Prilosec case due to the close relationship the two drugs have. This is especially true for those who have been using PPI’s for an extended period of time as many users were transitioned to Nexium and may continue to be using the drug.
While no timeline is currently available to identify if and when a Prilosec class action lawsuit may begin to form, there is a possibility that a class action lawsuit or multidistrict litigation entity could go active in the future.
How Do I Join A Prilosec Class Action Lawsuit?
Currently a plaintiff in a Prilosec kidney complication lawsuit will not be able to pursue case consolidation under a class action lawsuit, this due to a Prilosec class action lawsuit not yet being active.
While victims may not be able to pursue class action consolidation, they can still pursue the legal steps that would otherwise precede class action consolidation. In pursuing these steps promptly, victims will be able to utilize more legal flexibility in pursuing their lawsuit and will have a greater chance of being deemed eligible for consolidation in the event that a class action or MDL opportunity arises.
The first step in securing eligibility for future consolidation is to meet initial criteria for pursuing a Prilosec kidney complications lawsuit, these basic points of criteria are as follows:
- Patient must be taking Prilosec for acid reflux
- Patient must have a diagnosis of interstitial nephritis or kidney injury (chronic or acute)
Whether an individual’s situation satisfies the aforementioned criteria points can be determined by an attorney during an initial contact discussion. If an attorney is able to confirm that an individual meets these criteria points, they will request that the individual’s medical records be subjected to an in-depth medical examination to determine the true validity of the individual’s claims.
Once a medical team is able to confirm the validity of a Prilosec kidney complication claim, an attorney will work to confirm that the situation in question falls within the relevant state deadlines for dangerous drug lawsuits.
If a situation is not disqualified due not satisfying one of the relevant deadlines, an attorney will be able to begin the lawsuit filing process on behalf of the Prilosec victim.
Prilosec kidney complication lawsuits will likely cite the following allegations as the basis of their legal claim against AstraZeneca:
- Failed to warn the public of the risks associated with taking Prilosec
- Failed to properly test Prilosec for dangerous kidney complications
- Withheld research data from the public about Prilosec dangers
- Sold Prilosec even though they knew it could be dangerous
- Manufactured and sold an unsafe heartburn medication
Once the filing process for an individuals Prilosec kidney complication lawsuit is complete, the plaintiff will become eligible to pursue future case consolidation opportunities.
Case consolidation may come in the form of a future class action lawsuit or MDL ruling. Regardless of the entity, your legal team will work to identify the advantages of disadvantages of consolidation to ensure that all future actions pursued work to maximize the plaintiff’s case strength.
While it may not immediately ensure that an individual may join future consolidation efforts, beginning the legal process promptly will maximize an individuals likelihood of engaging in future consolidation efforts.
Our Prilosec Kidney Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Our dangerous prescription and over-the-counter drug lawyers can help you if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with serious kidney complications after taking Prilosec. Lawsuits are expected to be filed against the makers of this medication. You may be entitled to a settlement.
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