Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid are a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors used to treat acid reflux and heartburn by controlling gastric acid. They were originally approved by the FDA as prescription drugs, but became available as over-the-counter medications beginning in 2003. They have been used by hundreds of millions of people, becoming one of the most prescribed classes of drugs in the world. A medical study that ran for more than a decade and analyzed more than 10,000 patients found that using proton pump inhibitor classes of drugs increased the risk of Chronic Kidney Disease by 50% and certain groups of users had a 2 - 3 times higher risk of Acute Kidney Injury.
The Journal of the American Medical Association published the results of a 13-year study that reviewed the medical outcomes of 15,792 patients. As the study progressed, the group was reduced to 10,482 patients, eliminating participants with incomplete medical history, which included those who missed follow-up examinations, as well as those found to have other risk factors for kidney problems. This is a very significant medical study, both in terms of the number of patients analyzed as well as the duration of the medical study.
The results of this study, which was approved by the peer review boards of some of the most respected medical institutions in the country, found a significantly higher risk in the extremely serious condition of Chronic Kidney Disease. Chronic Kidney Disease refers to a gradual loss of kidney function and is determined by analyzing the glomerular filtration rate. There are five stages of Chronic Kidney Disease, which are determined by the level of decrease in the kidneys' function. All stages of Chronic Kidney Disease are associated with a shorter life expectancy. Kidney function naturally decreases for everyone with age, but those with Chronic Kidney Disease typically face a dramatically shorter life span without dialysis, which many patients feel results in a decreased quality of life.
The makers of these drugs failed to warn consumers of this risk, exposing tens of millions of Americans to a serious medical condition while they made billions of dollars from their sale.
Individuals and the family members of persons who have been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, an Acute Kidney Injury or underwent dialysis and have had a history of using Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid may be entitled to real compensation through a proton pump inhibitor kidney injury lawsuit. Our attorneys provide free Nexium/Prilosec/Prevacid claim reviews, and will be happy to answer your questions and help you to understand your legal options. All Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid kidney disease lawsuit services are provided on a contingency basis, meaning there are no legal fees unless we win compensation on your behalf.
Filing a lawsuit is the best means for individual consumers to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for harmful products. By placing profit motives ahead of consumer safety, the makers of Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid have caused undue harm and loss to Americans and their families while lining their own pockets. Negligent and unscrupulous pharmaceutical companies can and should be held accountable for their actions, and injured consumers have a right to seek justice. Filing a Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid lawsuit enables consumers to hold the companies accountable for the safety of their products.
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Scott G Williams MD, FACOG
Dr Williams is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist who serves as chief medical consultant for Onder Law. During more than 20 years as a practicing ob/gyn in St Charles county, Dr Williams delivered thousands of babies, performed surgery on a daily basis, and was considered one of the top providers in his profession. He served as chief of ob/gyn at two of the three hospitals in St Charles county, and currently is the full time medical director of St Louis area obstetric hospitalist program.
In addition, Dr Williams has served as a long time consultant in medical and pharmaceutical litigation for Onder Law. With a background that includes scientific research as well as medical practice, Dr Williams is adept at interpreting pharmaceutical and medical device studies. His past analyses have included research on the harmful effects of contraceptive devices, talc/ ovarian cancer and the blood clotting effects of certain oral contraceptives.
Clients would not commonly meet with Dr Williams as he is not an attorney, but his expertise forms an important part of Onder Law's client strategies for medical and pharmaceutical products. Dr Williams is often a crucial "behind the scenes" part of formulating a winning approach for your case.
Scott G Williams, MD, FACOG, is a 1986 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. His MD was earned at the University of Missouri Columbia and he completed residency at the well regarded University of Florida-Gainesville Ob/Gyn program. Dr Williams and his wife (who is also a physician) live with two labrador retrievers; their son and daughter are at college.