Death After Taking PPI Stomach Acid Reducer Drugs – Contact Our Attorneys
Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States. Since the first PPI drug, Prilosec was first introduced in 1988, AstraZeneca and other pharmaceutical marketing companies have promoted these drugs as safe with very minor side effects. Unfortunately for many, death from PPI drugs is not only a possibility; fatalities from PPIs continue to rise now that the public knows the truth about the dangers these drugs pose. Patients with severe stomach acid and GERD have relied upon these drugs to better their quality of life for years. But now these patients are being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, acute interstitial nephritis, kidney failure, and even death when a kidney transplant was not possible.
If your loved one died from complications caused by PPI drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, or Prevacid, you could have a wrongful death claim. Contact our PPI lawyers today to discuss the details of your situation, and find out if you have a valid wrongful death lawsuit against PPI manufacturers.
How Can PPI Drugs Cause Death?
PPI drugs can cause serious kidney disease, especially for people who have pre-existing kidney disease. Long-term use of PPI drugs can cause chronic kidney disease, and may ultimately lead to kidney failure or death without a transplant surgery. PPIs administered for patient comfort after surgery can also be fatal.
Why Taking PPIs After Surgery Can Be Fatal
According to a study of hospital patients in Denmark, patients given PPI drugs after surgery were 50% more likely to develop pneumonia than those that did not receive them. Pneumonia can be fatal, especially if someone’s immune system is already in a weakened state. The over-utilization of PPI drugs in hospitals and the potentially fatal effects have been documented and researched by numerous health organization around the world. PPIs make people more susceptible to developing pneumonia by inhibiting stomach acid production necessary for controlling dangerous pneumonia-causing bacteria.
Another cause of death from PPI drugs following post-surgery administration is the development of a fatal bacterial infection called clostridium difficile. PPI drugs like Nexium or Prilosec disrupt the production of essential stomach acids necessary to maintain a delicate balance in the digestive system. Without stomach acids to control production, clostridium difficile bacteria grows rapidly, releasing toxins that destroy the lining of the intestines. This condition is called clostridium difficile colitis, and it can be fatal as well.
What Type of Claim Can I File for a PPI Death?
If your loved one paid the ultimate price after taking presumably safe PPI drugs, you have several options for litigation. You may be eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit; file a private lawsuit to recover damages like lost wages, pain and suffering; or file a wrongful death lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies for negligence. Whether your loved one died after contracting pneumonia in the hospital after being given PPIs post-surgery, they succumbed to kidney failure before transplant surgery was possible, or fell victim to clostridium difficile colitis there are lawsuit options for each scenario.
Filing a lawsuit against PPI manufacturers may seem daunting, but we will be there every step of the way.
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer for PPI Victims Today
Call Baron & Budd now to schedule a free consultation with our experienced wrongful death PPI lawyers. Your loved one paid the ultimate price while pharmaceutical companies profited billions of dollars selling acid reflux drugs marketed as safe. Don’t let them get away with such blatant negligence. Help show big pharmaceutical companies that they cannot shield people from the truth with smoke and mirrors. Get in contact with our law firm today and we can discuss the details of your case and begin building your case to get justice for your loved one.