Feldman & Pinto’s Philadelphia drug injury lawyers are evaluating Protonix drug injury cases from people who sustained side effects injuries from Protonix.
Protonix is a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) medicine made by Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories to treat stomach ulcers and other conditions related to stomach acid, such as GERD. Protonix and other PPIs work by reducing the amount of acid secretion from a user’s stomach glands.
Protonix use is linked to serious injuries, including:
- chronic kidney disease (CKD)
- kidney failure / renal failure
- end-stage renal disease (ESRD) / end-stage kidney disease
- serious kidney infections (nephritis)
- heart attack
- gut infections, and
- hepatic encephalopathy (loss of brain function)
The risk of these side effects increases the longer someone uses Protonix. Since millions of Americans take Protonix or other PPIs for extended periods of time, many consumers are at risk of suffering a serious PPI or Protonix drug injury.
Protonix Kidney Injuries
Kidney injuries are among the most dangerous Protonix drug injuries. A study, published in CMAJ Open in April 2015, indicated:
- a doubled risk of acute kidney injuries in users of PPIs such as Protonix, and
- a tripled risk of nephritis (kidney inflammation)
Another study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed a 20% to 50% increase in the risk of chronic kidney disease in users of PPIs and a 44% greater risk of dementia.
The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) published the results of a study in April 2016 showing:
- a 28% increased risk of incident chronic kidney disease (CKD) in PPI users, and
- the progression of CKD to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or kidney failure
Protonix Brain Injuries
Most recently, the medical journal Hepatology published the results of a study linking PPIs such as Protonix to serious brain injuries. According to the study, PPIs may increase users’ risk of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) and the buildup of abdominal fluid.
Researchers discovered that PPIs’ reduction of stomach acid and increase of stomach pH can lead to an over abundance of gut bacteria. The excess bacteria can pass into the patient’s blood or lymph nodes and lead to HE.
Protonix drug injury lawsuits filed against Wyeth-Ayerst allege that the company:
- was aware that Protonix increased the risk of serious kidney and other injuries in people who used Protonix, and
- neglected to give adequate warnings of these dangers to doctors and consumers
Protonix drug injury lawsuits seek damages from the makers of Protonix for consumers’ injuries caused by this dangerous drug.
Our Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers also file lawsuits against doctors who caused patients’ Protonix injuries by negligently failing to monitor them for serious side effects of Protonix. Doctors have a duty to provide adequate care to their patients.
This duty requires a doctor to:
- not prescribe Protonix for patients who are at risk of suffering Protonix side effects
- advise against the use of Protonix by patients in high risk categories for Protonix injuries, and
- keep watch on patients known to be using Protonix for the development of dangerous Protonix side effects
Contact a Philadelphia Protonix Drug Injury Lawyer
You may be entitled to money damages if you suffered personal injuries after using Protonix. Please contact us to learn more about filing a Protonix drug injury lawsuit. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers can help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve.