Written by: Heather Helmendach, Legal Assistant
Law Offices of Thomas J. Lamb, P.A.
This will be the final article of the Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid blog series. In my previous article, I provided a timeline of the medical literature concerning the link between these PPI drugs and negative kidney side-effects. In this article, I will discuss some of the factors that determine whether a patient may have a viable drug-injury case against the drug manufacturers of Nexium, Prilosec, and/or Prevacid.
Firstly, one must have been using the brand-name versions of Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid. However, whether they were received by prescription or over-the-counter typically is not of great importance. For more information on why only brand-name use is acceptable, please see this case summary of the Supreme Court Case PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing.
Secondly, here is a list of some of the side effects that are currently being investigated by various law firms:
- Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN)
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
- Severe Renal Impairment
- Kidney / Renal Failure
- Acute Kidney Injury
For more information on these side effects, see the second article in this series.
Of note, conditions such as high blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes mellitus are potential risk factors for developing chronic kidney disease (CKD). The article "Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension: Key Risk Factors for Kidney Disease" provides detailed information on this relationship.
Additionally, extensive use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and certain antibiotics can lead to drug-induced acute interstitial nephritis (AIN). More information and additional causes of AIN can be found in the article "Clinical Manifestations and Diagnosis of Acute Interstitial Nephritis."
The best Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid drug-injury cases will typically involve patients who have been diagnosed with AIN, followed by CKD, renal failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). A diagnosis of AIN can be confirmed by undergoing a renal biopsy.
Do you think you may have a possible case? Please feel free to contact us and see our website for a FREE Case Evaluation, as well as more information on cases concerning Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid.
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