Plaintiffs who allegedly developed chronic kidney disease (CKD), nephritis or renal failure after taking proton pump inhibitor (PPI) heartburn drugs have asked a panel of federal judges to consolidate the claims in the Middle District of Louisiana.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a kidney injury after taking a proton pump inhibitor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the problem?
October 20, 2016 – At least 15 PPI kidney damage lawsuits are currently pending in federal courts across the U.S., according to a Motion for Transfer filed on Monday. However, Plaintiffs allege that thousands more cases will be filed before the litigation process is complete.
Proton pump inhibitors include:
- Nexium (esomeprazole)
- Aciphex (rabeprazole)
- Protonix (pantoprazole)
- Prevacid (lansoprazole)
- Zegerid (omeprazole / sodium bicarbonate)
- Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)
- Prilosec (omeprazole)
Patients who take proton pump inhibitors for heartburn, acid reflux or ulcers may have an increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD), acute interstitial nephritis (AIN) and renal failure, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) in April 2016. The researchers found that PPI users had a 28% increased risk of developing CKD and a 96% increased risk of kidney failure. Additionally, there was a graded association between duration of PPI use and risk of kidney issues, with those who took the drugs for a longer period of time being more likely to suffer kidney problems.
“The results emphasize the importance of limiting PPI use only when it is medically necessary, and also limiting the duration of use to the shortest duration possible,” the researchers concluded. “A lot of patients start taking PPIs for a medical condition, and they continue much longer than necessary.”
At least one PPI lawsuit has been filed in the Middle District of Louisiana, according to the Motion for Transfer, and there are no other MDLs are currently underway in the jurisdiction. As such, the venue is appropriate to manage the litigation. Plaintiffs have also proposed the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of Illinois, the District of Kansas or the Western District of Louisiana as potential alternative jurisdictions for the MDL.
Do I Have a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in PPI lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new kidney injury cases in all 50 states.
Free (Drug) Class Action Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by PPI side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.